If you want to be like the cool kids in the gym, use this trendy fitness-y word: #macronutrients.
Say what? Macronutrients are nutrients that provide calories or energy. Nutrients are substances needed for growth, metabolism, and for other body functions. Since “macro” means large, macronutrients are nutrients needed in large amounts.
Protein is considered the number one macronutrient for fat loss.
Protein keeps you feeling fuller longer. It facilitates the building and repair of muscle tissue, which helps burn more calories. However, as with ANY food you can have too much of a good thing.
How Much Protein?
The human body has a limit to the amount of protein it can actually utilize daily. Most people can shoot for around 20-30 grams of protein per meal. For a rough measurement 1-2 palms of protein dense foods will you give you 20-30 grams.
Some foods are better protein sources than others. However, some higher-protein food sources may have higher carbohydrate and fat content.
Learn to make good choices by using the list below.
Good Sources of Protein
Beef (lean cuts)
Chicken Breast (skinless)
Vegetarian and Vegan friendly sources of protein
Whole grain sprouted bread
Protein sources to limit
The Simple Rule
If in doubt choose protein from foods that are lean, unprocessed or minimally processed as possible.