We’ve all heard the spiel about how important protein is to compliment a workout regimen, but how many of us actually understand why protein is actually so important in our diets?
Protein is a macronutrient. A macronutrient are elements essential to a person’s growth and development, where large amounts of it is necessary.
Protein is also the foundation to all life, as protein is the main component to all cells. Proteins is what helps maintain and create new cells. It acts as a building block to many essential qualities in the human body, like hormones, our blood, and most importantly in relation to a workout regiment; protein is an essential aid in helping with muscle and tissue repair.
Unlike fat, the body does not store protein. When the body is in need of more protein, the body does not have a ready supply to tap into, which makes consuming an adequate amount of protein very necessary to maintain good body function.
An added benefit to consuming more protein is that it helps keep you feeling full longer. Eating protein has the ability to satisfy hunger better than compared to eating carbohydrates, but this does not mean that eating a high protein diet is what is ideal. Through various studies, high protein diets may help with weight loss in the short term, but other factors like excess secretion of calcium may be a side effect of overconsumption of protein.
What’s important is to always maintain a balanced diet, because replenishing the body with enough vitamins and other nutrients from sources like fruits and vegetables (carbohydrates), or like whole grains (for fibre) is all part of achieving a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
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