Protein Consumption and Weight-Loss

Friday, March 27 2020 2:35 PM

The most important aspect of any program, whether it is weight-loss/gain or for increased strength or performance, is the nutrition. Members and clients at any facility spend significantly more time away from the gym than in the gym, which is why I say results are 80% the nutrition and 20% exercise.

 A lot of people are seeking to drop body fat and reach a healthy bodyweight. Most understand the need to decrease calories and increase their exercise, which is great as a whole, but this is not the answer for lasting results.

 

Are you logging your food but stuck at a plateau? If so, you are not alone. Individuals just like you are also logging their food online or in an app on their phones, but do not truly understand what all the numbers mean. The most common issue is the lack of protein people have in their diets. The apps tend to set the macronutrient breakdowns to higher carbohydrates and not much protein. The acceptable macronutrient distribution range for carbohydrate consumption is 45-65%, protein is 10-35% and fat is 20-35% of the total caloric intake. With such broad ranges of 15-25% from the minimum to upper ranges, it is no wonder people struggle with understanding the proper ratio of macronutrients needed for their needs and body type. So, you may be tracking everything you eat and your app is telling you that you hit your goal for the day, as well as your necessary macronutrients, but these numbers were not set for you to achieve the goals you desire.

Due to many years of dieting, many people have damaged their metabolism. In addition to a slowed metabolism, these individuals also lack the resistance training necessary to build lean body mass and increase the metabolic rate. Combine a slowed metabolism with an hour or more of cardio several days each week and you are doing more harm than good for your body and long-term weight control.

The solution is to incorporate a resistance training program and increase protein consumption to insure muscle building and proper recovery. Consuming protein throughout the day will not only help nourish the body, but also keep you satiated and feeling more full compared to a carbohydrate-heavy meal that racks up the calories. By focusing on consuming a source of protein each time you eat in the day, you will likely decrease the number of calories you consume and significantly increase your protein intake. If you’re short on time and need a quick source of protein, drink a whey protein powder supplement post-workout. Protein shakes are quick, easy to make and low in calories.

 

Check out this Mango Blueberry Protein Shake

Ingredients
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen mango
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1 tablespoon chia seeds

Preparation
In a blender, mix all ingredients until smooth.

 

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