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Why should you prioritise protein?

If you are trying to live a healthier lifestyle and change up your diet... you most definitely need to prioritise protein.

Protein is one of the 3 macronutrients that is essential to include in your diet. Every cell in the body contains protein. Prioritise protein in your diet to help your body repair cells and make new ones.

There are so many benefits if you prioritise protein intake. Some include:

  • Reduces appetite.If you prioritise protein your diet it will keep you fuller for longer. If you are trying to lose weight, then it is recommended that you swap some of you fats and carbs for extra protein so that you reduce your hunger levels and therefore reduce your calorie intake.
  • Promotes muscle growth. This often makes people think “if I eat too much protein then I am going to be bulky” ... which is FAR from the truth. The more muscle mass you have – the more calories you burn, more of a reason to prioritise protein. Eating a high protein diet during weight loss will help to lose fat instead of muscle. 
  • May help boost your metabolism. Protein takes longer to digest than other macro nutrients as it has a higher thermic effect. This means it will increase the amount of calories you burn throughout the day. 
  • Repairs and builds. Your body uses protein to repair and build tissue in your body. So, protein is essentially the building block for your bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and nails.

The recommended amount of protein you should consume per day is 0.36 grams of protein per pound (0.8 grams per kg). If you exercise and lift weights, then it would be recommended that you prioritise protein in your diet. 

Some good options to help prioritise protein would be to include these below:

  • Fish
  • Chicken 
  • Lean cuts of meat
  • Beans
  • Eggs
  • Upbeat Protein Juice
  • Upbeat protein powder
  • Tofu
  • Quinoa