- Protein is responsible for maintaining your muscle mass, which is critical for maintaining your metabolic rate. It is also especially important after exercise because your muscle fibers are being broken down. For your muscle to grow and heal properly, a diet of adequate is required.
- Protein stabilizes blood sugar levels. Although insulin levels are required for all foods to be metabolized, protein requires far less when compared to such as carbohydrates. When we eat starchy carbs high in sugar, blood sugar spikes quickly and our body releases a surge of insulin. Protein however, has little effect on blood sugar levels and has even been shown to slow down the absorption of glucose. Eating enough protein then is very important in order to prevent highs and lows throughout the day.
- Protein keeps you fuller longer. It has been shown that eating higher protein foods caused higher satiety levels than carbohydrate filled foods. Eating a diet higher in protein can also help prevent over eating throughout the day as well as those late night hunger pains.
- Eating more protein may help you burn more calories. In order for your body to break down protein, more energy is required for its digestion than foods high in carbohydrates which require very little. Just eating more protein will help you burn more calories though out the day! This makes eating enough protein a key part of any weight loss program.
- Eating more protein could help you lower your blood pressure. Several studies have found that those who eat a diet higher in lean protein showed a decrease in both systolic and diastolic blood pressures. In addition to lower triglyceride levels as well a decrease in “bad” cholesterol, LDL cholesterol.
So then how much protein should we eat in day you ask?
The recommendation for protein is a minimum of 0.5-0.7 grams per pound of body weight per day. However, if regularly exercising or actively trying to lose weight, a recommendation is made to consume on average of about 0.8-1.0 grams per day in order to ensure proper muscle repair and preservation.