Some of you will be thinking “no thanks, I don’t want to get bulky” as protein is often associated with muscle building. Which is right, protein is used to build and repair tissues in the body, but that’s not only muscle! We are talking skin, hair and nails too. Protein is also involved in many other processes, such as the correct function of our immune system, the production of hormones and many many more!
We always put an emphasis on protein with our dieting clients and we get them to aim to consume 1.5-2g of protein per kg of body weight.
This might sound like a lot, but as I said protein is used in so many processes so the more the better!
Maybe this number scares you because someone told you that too much protein damages your kidneys? Let us reassure you that this is far from being true. This myth comes from the fact that reducing protein intake can alleviate symptoms for those suffering with kidney disease. But research has shown that those with healthy kidneys (even only one healthy kidney!) will be completely fine if consistently consuming high amounts of protein.
Or maybe you’ve heard that you can’t digest and absorb more than 30g of protein per meal? Again, false! All protein is digested and absorbed, there are plenty of uses for it in the body.
One of the main reasons we often advise to increase protein intake is that it fills you up quickly and keeps you full for longer, which is ideal when on a diet.
People often struggle with this though and here are some tips to help you out:
I really hope this is helpful and that you’ll give it a go!