Why should you prioritise protein?

If you are trying to live a healthier lifestyle and change up your diet... you most definitely have heard of protein.

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

There are so many benefits to having a high protein diet. Some include:

  • Reduces appetite. Protein helps to 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. 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 try include more protein in your diet. 

Some good options to increase your protein would be to include:

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