Adequate levels of protein are used to preserve and generate muscle mass which overtime, with activity, will change your body composition. The more lean muscle mass you have, the more calories your body will burn at rest. Some additional points to consider about a higher protein diet:
IMPROVE MUSCULAR DEVELOPMENT - muscle needs protein and joints need supporting muscle.
HELP REDUCE CALORIC INTAKE - keeps you fuller longer.
INCREASE OVERALL DAILY CALORIC BURN - protein requires more bodily resources to process.
INCREASE STRENGTH - as you maintain muscle and continue to be more active.
OFFSET HORMONAL IMBALANCE - healthier body composition; hormones are stored in fat.
REDUCE RECOVERY TIME FROM INJURY - protein helps strengthen/ repair tendons and other connective tissue.
IMPROVE SLEEPING PATTERNS - sleep is our self repairing process. When you add all of this up, it basically equates to an adequate diet consisting of the proper ratios of protein, fat and carbohydrates essentially creates a better quality of life.
Now, if you are looking to up your protein in your diet, you should know that this protein does not have to be chicken, however chicken is pretty economical to buy in bulk, relatively low in trace fats and it is very versatile in terms of how you can dress it up based on what your taste buds are feeling that day.
If you are wondering if you should increase your protein - like, if that's the right move for you to get to your goals, then I'm going to go out on the limb and say yes, you should up your protein. Reason being is that I have yet to begin working with a client that is already getting adequate amounts of protein in their diet. Once they do, their progress is literally like night and day.
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