Post by: Coach Morganna
Nowadays people talk about the “high protein, low carb” diets… Yes, generally speaking, it helps people lose weight, if they do it correctly, and that comes with knowing what protein is, the right sources, and the healthiest way to control intake! Protein is a large biological molecules consisting of one or more chains of amino acids. Proteins perform a vast array of functions within living organisms, including catalyzing metabolic reactions, replicating DNA, responding to stimuli, and transporting molecules from one location to another. Proteins differ from one another primarily in their sequence of amino acids, which is dictated by the nucleotide sequence of their genes, and which usually results in folding of the protein into a specific three-dimensional structure that determines its activity.
Where Should I get my protein from in my diet?
Protein is present in many forms in our diet, but the BEST places to get them from are:
· Lean meats (chicken, fish, red meat, pork, eggs, shellfish,etc…)
· Eggs (all of the protein in an egg is contained in the white, none in the yolk)
· Nuts (Almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, etc…)
· Some vegetables have protein but its best to get it from meats, eggs, and nuts.
· Grassfed dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt).
Roles of Protein in the Body:
· Act as antibodies
· Proper Muscle movement and contraction
· Enzymatic roles
· Hormonal Roles
· Provide structure to connective body tissues
· Storage of amino acids
· Transportation in the body
Dietary Protein Guidelines
Every meal should contain 20-30 grams of quality protein.
· If you exercise, your body requires more in order to replenish and repair muscles.
· Make sure you get your protein from quality sources such as lean meats, eggs, poultry, fish, nuts.
· Don’t take in an excess of protein in order to protect your liver, blood pH, and your kidneys.