So we need protein for building huge muscles, right? Well, this would be a reasonable conclusion seeing as how much protein bodybuilders eat, but this is not simply the case. Yes, protein is a building block of muscle, and in fact body tissues in general, so protein helps to maintain muscle size. Protein also helps to keep your immune system strong and your skin, hair and nails in tact.
Sources and benefits of protein
Protein is mostly found in meat, fish, seafood, eggs, cheese, yoghurt, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds and lower amounts in grains. Eat plenty of these protein rich foods for healthy skin.
Another great bonus to eating enough protein in your diet (if you would like to lose weight) is that it helps you to feel fuller for longer and can even help to boost your metabolism by increasing how many calories your body burns at rest. Surely you must like the sound of burning more calories after a protein rich meal simply by lying on the sofa?
If you are vegetarian, you may have heard that you cannot get ‘complete proteins’ (from foods such as meat and fish), but if you combine different plant based protein foods, you can certainly get the equivalent of a complete protein throughout the day. Combining cheese with beans would be a perfect example. If you are vegan, eat plenty of quinoa, tempeh and hemp seeds!
One important piece of advice is that more is not always better, so you don’t need to have protein shakes in between your steaks! Too much protein is actually a huge strain on the kidneys.