Proteins are critical for the health of the body and essential for weight loss if consumed properly.
Guidelines for consuming protein
Find a balance
It is unhealthy to consume too much or too little protein. Guidelines can give you an indication of how much protein you need. It is best to see a dietitian or look online for questionnaires to calculate your daily protein needs.
Variety is the spice of life
Think beyond meat, dairy products, and eggs when you think protein. There are plant-based proteins you can include in your meals such as seeds, whole grains, and vegetables.
Timing is everything
If you don’t consume protein at the right time, it will be ineffective. Eat the bulk of your protein after a workout for optimal metabolism and maximized muscle recovery.
Too much at once is bad for you
If you consume more than 30g of protein in one sitting, your body will not be able to absorb it all.
Avoid snacks with no protein
Snacks give you an energy boost and satisfy your appetite. Without protein, they won’t. About 10g of protein in a snack is optimal. Look at combining fruit snacks with a source of protein.