One of the most important nutrients in a meal is protein! Many people don’t realize how important protein really is. People know that it helps build muscles, but that is not the most important role. Besides aiding muscle growth, protein helps satiate hunger which promotes weight loss, and plays many important roles in the function of the body.
If you want to lose weight and promote weight loss, your number one goal should be obtaining enough protein to keep your hunger in check. Egg whites are my favorite form of protein because delicious protein shakes that I make with fruit or peanut butter, depending on the type I get! When you start your day off with at least 20 grams of protein, found in: eggs, cheese, peanut butter, leafy greens, beans, nuts, yogurt, and chicken, you typically stay satisfied and full for quite a few hours and won’t be inclined to go to the pantry for a carb loaded snack.
One of my favorite meals is my egg and cheese omelet with bell peppers in the morning! Whenever I eat this, I feel completely full because I have had at least 25 grams of protein. The reason that protein promotes weight loss is because it takes more energy to break down the protein that is consumed and it does not contain a lot of fat. Even though that peanut butter contains a significant amount of fat, the fat that is in peanut butter is actually good for you. Mono-saturated fats are good for you as they provide a number of the fat soluble vitamins and minerals required by your body. They can also help reduce your blood cholesterol, so don’t be afraid to eat it because you see that is has a significant amount of fat compared to many protein products.
Besides promoting weight loss, proteins are good for repairing muscles and making more proteins in the body. When muscles are repaired faster, performance is increased the next workout.
If you’re not used to eating much protein, try eating 20 grams of protein each meal of the day and see the difference in your day. If you’re hungry between meals, protein will hold you over. Try cheese sticks, yogurt, turkey jerkey, eggs, peanut butter.