You may not realise it but protein is an important element in every cell of your body.
For example, both hair & nails are made up of protein. Your body uses protein to make enzymes, hormones & to repair & build different tissues. Protein is an important component in bones, skin, blood, muscle & cartilage.
So…obviously keeping high levels of protein in your diet is important for optimal health & wellness!
What Are Macronutrients?…
Micronutrients provide calories or energy. In order to grow, repair, digest or perform any bodily function you require specific amounts of macronutrients on a daily basis.
The word macro means large, this indicates that you need a lot of these types of nutrients regularly.
There are three types of macronutrient:
Each provide energy as explained, but they all provide different amounts of energy in a different form for the body to process.
Protein provides four calories for gram, carbohydrates seven calories per gram and fat nine calories per gram.
Aside from macronutrients the only other substance that provides energy is alcohol at seven calories per gram.
This is not considered a nutrient as we do not require it to survive… much to the surprise of some people I’m led to believe!
Alcohol provides what is termed ‘empty calories’. As you’re taking calories on board but without any nutrients that help perform vital processes.
12 Benefits of Protein…
- Greater muscle mass & lean tissue
- Lower hunger & calorie intake
- Easier fat loss on a calorie-restricted diet
- Decreased belly fat
- Greater muscle development
- Greater strength gains from training
- Better bone density & lower risk of osteoporosis
- Better brain function
- Better sleep
- Lower Blood Pressure
- Stronger Tendons & faster recovery from injury
- Greater lifespan & better quality of life as you age
In the next article I will explain why protein is so important for your health & performance, plus what is the best protein supplement that money can buy…
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