Protein: The Missing Link to Your Fitness Goals?

Steak Can Help You Lose Weight

I have a short quiz for you!  Are you looking to:

A) lose weight

B) decrease belly fat

C) build muscle

D) all of the above

If you answered yes to any of the above answer choices then guess what?  You will never be able to do it without protein.  The reason why you may ask?  Well let me go ahead and give you the ugly truth about protein.

For starters, protein offers the following benefits for those who are trying to lose weight, decrease belly fat, and build muscle such as:

  • Increased metabolic rate after intake.
  • Stabilizes blood sugar levels.
  • Suppresses appetite.
  • Needed to firm up and create new muscle mass.
  • Lowers cholesterol levels.
  • Helps maintain triglyceride levels.
  • Helps reduce high blood pressure.
  • Helps to keep you anabolic by keeping those cortisol levels in check.

I can assure you that beyond a shadow of a doubt you will NEVER get the results from any of the above answers to the question I just asked without protein!  Eating simple and complex carbs and healthy fats will not give you the lean muscular physique that you are looking for.  In addition, protein is what our skeletal structures are composed of and is one of the 3 macronutrients needed for our body’s to survive.

Now that you have a little insight as to what the benefits of protein are, (I will dispel 2 myths that many have believed due to the hype in the media.) I will now tell you how much protein is needed on a daily basis to achieve your set goals!

Myth #1

How Much Protein Should I Consume on A Daily Basis:

In order to get the best weight loss, fitness, or muscle building results it is best to consume 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight.  So for example, if you were to weigh 180 pounds, you would consume 180 grams of protein.  However, you would divide this amount of protein into small portion sizes such as 5 to 6 meals a day (as prescribed in the fat extinction program).  To get an exactly measurement of how much protein you need according to your gender and weight, get a free body fat and nutrition analysis by clicking here.

I know many of you out there, especially women may be thinking that eating a gram of protein per pound of bodyweight is an absurd amount of protein to eat every day but trust me when I tell you that A) it will not cause you to get bulky and look like a man unless you weight train and participate in some illegal supplement activities and B) it is not hard to consume your body weight in protein as long as you space your meals out evenly throughout the day!

What Foods Are High in Protein:

Some foods that are high in protein include chicken breast, lean ground beef, tuna, egg whites and steak.

How to Use Protein Shakes For Weight Loss

How to Use Protein Shakes:

Protein shakes are a great way to get a meal in while you are at work or too busy to prepare a meal.  I like to drink a protein shake 3 times a day in between my meals as a way to keep my metabolism functioning efficiently!  I always go for either a low carb shake or an MRP (Meal Replacement Protein) shake!

Now that you know how to use a protein shake, I will now give you my recommendations as to the brands that I like the best!

My Recommendations:

I will say that I have tried several different kinds of protein shakes throughout my life (close to 100) but the ones that make the top of my list are as follows:

  • Labrada Nutrition’s Pro V 60
  • Optimum Nutrition’s 100% Whey Protein
  • Prolab’s Lean Mass Complex
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