Healthy Eating: Protein

Since Co and I have started our blog and supporting other Fitness Blogs, I have notice one common theme, PROTEIN!

I know that we need protein in our daily diet but I was trying to put the pieces together on the benefits of protein powder, protein shakes and protein being added to other foods.  So after talking to a trainer, a dietitian, and researching on my own, this is what I have come up with.

Trainer’s Thoughts:  Protein is key in weight loss and building muscle, muscle burns fat.  It is good to have protein after a work out.

Dietitian’s Thoughts:  You don’t need protein supplements you can get all the protein you need from normal foods.

Info that I have found on other sites:

“The amount of quality protein in your diet is the single most important calorie that influences your metabolic rate, favorably influencing weight loss.  Quality protein also helps you sustain muscle during weight loss, improve muscle fitness, improve immunity, improve antioxidant function, build HDL Cholesterol High-density lipoprotein that is one of five lipoproteins that enable cholesterol and triglycerides to be transported within the bloodstream to the liver and to the adrenals, ovaries, or testes for the production of steroid hormones. , and enhance insulin and leptin function – all of which contribute toward optimal weight management efforts over time.”

Benefits of Protein after a workout:

  • Recovery
  • Energy
  • Weight Loss

How to Calculate Your Protein Needs:

1. Weight in pounds divided by 2.2 = weight in kg
2. Weight in kg x 0.8-1.8 gm/kg = protein gm.

What are the different types of protein in protein shakes?

Protein shakes contain many different types of protein in varying amounts. They may include:

  • Milk
  • Whey
  • Casein
  • Egg
  • Soy

101 Protein Shake Recipes

20 Delicious Protein Powder Recipes (That Are NOT Shakes)

Foods that are a good Source of Protein

  • Eggs
  • Beans
  • Milk, Cheese, and Yogurt
  • Soy
  • Etc
What are your thoughts on Protein shakes and powders?  How you do you like your protein?
~Elena~
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4 thoughts on “Healthy Eating: Protein

  1. Most people with an allergy to milk have symptoms which appear when they are infants and outgrow them as they get older. However, some people do not outgrow these symptoms and continue to be allergic as adults. It is unusual to develop an allergy to milk proteins later in life. Lactose intolerance can appear later in life with symptoms including bloating, pain, gas, diarrhea or gastroesophageal reflux. Lactose intolerance is not an allergy but an intolerance, where individuals are unable to digest the sugar lactose in milk. But that inability does not result in potentially life threatening reactions.-

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