Protein - Power for Stamina
Simply adding protein to a meal (including breakfast),
provides you with an incredible advantage in your quest to
lose or maintain weight. But protein provides more than just
weight benefits - it provides you with an important
necessity as well. Adequate daily protein intake is
essential for building and maintaining lean muscle mass.
It may sound like a term that applies only to athletes, but
in fact, everyone has a certain percentage of lean muscle
mass in their body. The higher your percentage of lean
muscle mass, the more calories you can burn in a day.
Besides determining how many calories you burn each day,
lean muscle mass also serves a vital function for those
trying to lose or maintain their weight. If your diet does
not contain enough protein to build or maintain lean muscle
mass, your body will begin to lose weight from the heart,
muscle and organs.
This type of dieting is unsafe and can prove fatal. So, how
much protein do you need every day? Women need approximately
80-100 grams daily,* while men need roughly 120-150 grams.*
But as you incorporate protein into your diet, remember that
not all protein is equal when it comes to calories. For
example, a serving of prime rib has 1,500 calories! That's
why it is important to source your protein from healthy,
lean protein sources such as fish, the white meat of chicken
and turkey and very lean sources of beef. If you can see the
fat...cut it off before you cook it, and don't eat it.