One of the best ways to satisfy your appetite and fill your hungry belly is to add protein to your diet. Protein is the building blocks for muscles and, unlike carbohydrates and fats; it is not stored in your body as fat.
Adding protein to your diet means more than simply eating another cheese burger. You should look for lean protein to add to a healthy diet, low in carbohydrates, sugars, and fats.
Healthy Ways to Incorporate More Protein into a Healthy Diet: Add Chicken to Your Salad
One of the easiest way s to add protein to your diet is to eat grilled or baked chicken. Rotisserie chicken and fried chicken cannot be substituted for grilled or baked chicken. Rotisserie chicken is pumped full of fillers and fried chicken absorbs far too much oil when it is being cooked.
Enjoy grilled or baked chicken plain, or add it to your salad. It’s fine to add lemon pepper or zest of lemon or orange.
Grilled chicken can be enjoyed so many ways that it can be eaten almost every day. It is an ideal way to add low-fat, lean meat to your healthy diet.
It’s fine to eat lean red meat occasionally, but for optimal benefits and the least number of calories eat boneless, skinless chicken.
Healthy Ways to Incorporate More Protein into a Healthy Diet: Eat More Nuts
So many diet conscious people are afraid to add nuts to their diet because of the amount of fat in nuts. Adding a small amount of nuts to your diet may actually help you lose weight. Nuts have omega 3 fatty acids, which are necessary for healthy body function. Nuts, in addition to adding protein to your diet, add fiber which helps keep bowel movements regular.
Healthy Ways to Incorporate More Protein into a Healthy Diet: Beans
Beans are a vegetable, but they also provide the basic building block of proteins, amino acids. Therefore, beans help your body build lean proteins. This helps keep fat at bay and helps feed your muscles. Beans are also a good fuel for working out.
Healthy Ways to Incorporate More Protein into a Healthy Diet: Protein Supplements
There are a number of protein supplements on the market. Diet companies and health and health and fitness companies both provide a wide range of protein supplements. The key to selecting an appropriate supplement is to match your protein needs to your activity level.
If you live a sedentary life, your diet may be better off with more protein, but you don’t need to add massive amounts in one sitting, like those in health and fitness supplements.
9 to ten grams of protein present in many diet products is a good amount of protein to eat with a meal or for a snack. It is much better for you than eating a candy bar with the same number of calories and only a gram or two of protein.
Active lifestyles require more protein. If you weight train or participate in significant aerobic exercises that use one muscle set repetitively, such as biking, it is a good idea to supplement your diet with a protein supplement.
Body builders often use whey added to drinks and food.
Weight trainers and average to above average athletes will benefit from protein bars or protein drinks around 19 to 23 grams. I prefer PowerBar protein bars that are available at GNC and Rite Aide. I also use Muscle Milk after a particularly grueling workout. Both have approximately 23 grams of protein.
Healthy Ways to Incorporate More Protein into a Healthy Diet: The Importance of Extra Protein
As mentioned before, protein isn’t stored in the body like carbohydrates and sugars. Eaten in the right amount, extra protein will help build lean body mass by fueling muscles. This will usually result in the loss of fat body mass, because your body is forced to use stored fat for fuel.
When you weight train and do aerobic workouts it is important to add healthy protein to your diet to prevent your body from feeding on its own muscles. Muscles have to be fed. Muscles are fed by protein, so it only makes sense to add healthy protein to your diet to prevent your body from burning muscle and encourage it to burn fat.
If you do too much aerobic activity without adding weight training and extra, healthy protein you will probably end up with flab when you lose weight. Avoid that embarrassing situation by weight training and eating plenty of protein.
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