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Protein! Everything you need to know!
What is protein,
and why is it important?
If you have used our macros calculator or signed up for one of our nutrition programs, you know that House Macros encourages a high protein diet.
But why is it so important to eat
Protein is one of the 2 essential macronutrients, which means your body needs it in a large amount in order to survive. It also means that your body can’t produce protein on its own, so you have to eat it in order to get it.
Every cell in your body contains protein. You also use protein to build and repair your muscles, which is why we encourage you to eat protein immediately after a workout. You use protein to make enzymes, hormones and build bones, muscles, cartilage and blood.
As you can see, protein is a huge part of your body’s
makeup and health!
Another benefit of eating more protein is that it digests slowly, so you will feel full longer after you eat it compared to eating quick digesting macros like simple carbs and fat.
This is why we teach you to eat protein with every meal- at least 25-30 grams for most people. And snacks that are high in protein are great ways to keep you satiated between meals and help you hit your daily protein goal.
Even if your goal isn’t necessarily huge muscle gains, eating more protein will essentially help you eat less calories overall because you will feel hungry less often.
And on the other side, if your goals are to gain more muscle or improve your performance in the gym, protein is essential in helping your muscles repair properly, increasing their mass and overall strength.
So no matter what your goals are, a diet higher in protein is super important!
So how much protein should you be eating?
Well, the recommended daily amount is about .7-1.2 grams per kilo you weigh. But to make it super easy, you can just shoot for 1 gram per pound you weigh, which will definitely ensure you’re getting the proper amount to fuel your body.