The weather is getting warmer, which means it’s time to get outside (which we love) and wear lighter clothes (which we might not love as much). Enter lean muscle’s best friend – protein! Protein will help you look your best, whether you’re a “gym rat” or you barely workout at all. Most importantly, protein is so much more important to your health than just building muscle and losing weight.
There are 10,000 different proteins that are found throughout your body. These proteins are the building blocks for muscle, bone, hair, nails, skin, and all of your internal organs and tissue. In other words, not having enough protein in your diet can negatively affect much more than your maximum bench press. There are nine amino acids that make up the building blocks of protein (the building blocks of the building blocks): histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. Don’t worry, there won’t be a quiz. These are known as the “essential amino acids” and must come from food.
The five reasons your body needs protein:
Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage and skin.
Protein can help repair damage to cells and tissues such as muscle.
Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen.
About half the dietary protein you consume goes into producing enzymes, which aid in digesting food.
Protein plays an important role in hormone regulation, especially during puberty.
How much protein should you consume every day?
Daily Protein Consumption = 7 grams of protein for every 20 pounds of body weight
140-pound person: 50 grams of protein a day
200-pound person: 70 grams of protein a day
All-In-One Happy Shake™
19 grams of protein (with 8 ounces of nonfat milk)
Fit & Happy Shake™
20 grams of protein (with 8 ounces of nonfat milk)
14 grams of protein (with 8 ounces of nonfat milk)
The best sources of dietary protein
- Meal Replacement Shakes (See above)
- Lean Meat and Poultry
- Fish and Seafood
- Eggs and Dairy
- Beans, Nuts and Seeds
- Grains and Vegetables
Note: All food items include the amount of protein in the Nutrition Facts / Supplement Facts.
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