How Much Protein Should You Eat Every Day?

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Macronutrients, Nutrition |

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Benefits Of Protein

 

Protein is important for your health. Some of its benefits include:

  • More muscle and strength– protein helps to increase muscle mass. You can build muscle without eating any protein, but if you lift weights or do other resistance exercise, the combination of the two has a synergistic effect.
  • Higher metabolism– because it increases muscle mass, and muscle requires more energy for maintenance, it also increases your resting metabolic rate, your metabolism. You burn more calories, even at rest.
  • Less weight-  because it can boost your metabolism and reduce your hunger it can help you lose weight as well. It takes almost twice as many  calories for your body to breakdown and absorb protein as it does for carbohydrates.
  • Less hunger– because protein is filling, you feel full with less food. In one study, women who increased their protein intake to 30% of total daily calories ate 441 calories less per day on the average.
  • Greater bone density- here’s a big benefit for our age group, especially as we get older and especially for women- research has shown that a higher protein intake increases bone density which results in a lower risk of osteoporosis.
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