Think of your body as needing three essential building elements: fats, carbohydrates and proteins. They are your macro (i.e., primary) nutrients that are essential to life. Sure, various diets are claiming to exclude “all carbs” to have more energy, but the reality is that this is next to impossible – not to mention not recommended. Your body needs balance, and besides, if evolution had wanted you to drop one of these, your body and your metabolism would have turned out very differently.
What does protein do?
Without protein, we would be in relatively poor shape. It is the fundamental building block for most parts of your anatomy. It provides the major components of your skeletal muscles, the frame and function for your hair, nails, skin and internal organs, lives as an integral part of your cells architecture and serves a fuel for your cells in collaboration with fats and carbohydrates.
How much protein do we need?
Whether you are looking to build muscle mass, become more reliable, more powerful or perhaps trying to maintain muscle mass simply. At the same time, you train for an endurance event; there is only one number to remember: 1.6 grams (or less) of protein per kilogram of body weight per day. That means if you are an 80kg man, that’s 128g protein needed a day.
Where can we get our protein from?
FIT DELIS! Plant proteins are lower in saturated fat and do not contain any dietary cholesterol. They are also excellent sources of antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals. The most abundant source of plant-based protein is the legume family: lentils, split peas, black-eyed peas, and beans—black, kidney, garbanzo, lima, navy, pinto, white, and kidney. The soybean, another legume, is the source of tofu and tempeh.
If you have any questions, as always, please do not hesitate to ask.
Sam & Tom