There isn't a one size fits all approach to dieting...
But when it comes to dieting there is one thing that we know for certain and this is that a diet high in protein is better than a diet low in protein.
Here is some awesome info you should know about protein:
When I made a serious effort to add more protein in my day I noticed a huge decrease in my cravings for snacks and sweets. I was more satisfied with my meals and I was feeling full longer which made me want to snack less.
In addition to feeling satiated the added protein will help us feel less stressed and moody when trying to lose fat and gain muscle.
Weight lifting and exercise increases our need for protein but everyone can benefit from additional protein in their diet.
Protein provides our body with essential amino acids to continue building and repairing our muscles.
The best sources come from animal proteins like meat, eggs, and dairy because they contain large amounts of essential amino acids.
One gram of protein per pound of body weight is a good target for most people.
Start by making sure each meal has an adequate amount of protein then adding snacks high in protein should help to us to reach our protein goals and keep us satisfied throughout the day with minimal hunger and cravings.
In addition to protein adding fiber will help to bulk up our meals. Protein and fiber will help to slow the digestion of food.
Some of the best and convenient protein sources are:
- Eggs/ Egg Whites
- Lean Chicken
- Lean Ground Turkey
- Lean Ground Beef/ other Lean Beef Cuts
- Greek Yogurt
- Protein Powder
- Deli Meat
Adding vegetables and greens to your lean protein will balance your protein with fiber to fill you up and keep you full to your next meal.
For snacks high in protein:
- Beef Jerky
- Protein Shakes
- Protein Bars
- Homemade Protein Treats
- Deli Meat
- Hard Boiled Eggs