Hey Live Leaners,
On today’s Live Lean TV episode, we’re talking protein.
PROTEIN!! YA BUDDY…PROTEIN!!!
Protein comes from the Greek word “of prime importance”. It’s responsible for building lean muscle (which will increase your metabolism), will help balance your body’s fat storing hormones, and will keep you feeling fuller…longer.
In addition to this, protein has the highest thermogenic effect of any macronutrient. In other words your body burns up to 30% of the calories in the protein source just to digest it. For example, if you consumed 100 calories of protein, your body would burn off 30 of those calories just to digest it, thus leaving your body with the remaining 70 calories.
Protein helps…build lean sexy muscle’¦and burns more calories!
Sounds like protein is the perfect food for living lean.
These sources have the highest biological value (meaning the body absorbs it best) and it’s a full, complete protein. This means each of these foods contain all the essential amino acids that your body requires from food.
Don’t be fooled by looking at the nutrition label. Even though the nutrition label on foods such as conventional bread shows 6 grams of protein, your body won’t absorb the 6 grams of protein. The reason? It’s not a complete protein since bread does not contain all the essential amino acids.
It’s best to try and consume a different protein source with each meal and snack. For example’¦don’t drink 6 protein shakes a day’¦ or eat 6 servings of chicken. Each protein source is made up of a different amino acid profile. So it’s important to continually mix up your sources.
Now you’re probably asking’¦what about greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and dairy milk?
Over the last 6 months, I’ve cut dairy out of my diet.
Dairy doesn’t always do a body good (as the marketing slogan says). A lot of people have intolarances to lactose and casein, and most conventional sources of dairy are pumped full of unnatural hormones, pesticides, and antibiotics.
Dairy doesn’t need to be an essential part of your diet, however if it is, the best types are raw, full fat options that are unpasteurized. Try to stay away from regular conventional pasteurized/homogenized 2% and skim dairy milk.If you can find greek yogurt and cottage cheese that are raw and full fat, give it a try and see how you feel. Me? I feel bloated after consuming dairy which is just another reason I don’t consume it anymore.
Give me meat!
I’ve been getting a lot of questions from vegetarians about protein. I’ll be 100% up front’¦I don’t claim to be an expert on it so I’m not the best person to ask for advice on it.
So the best thing I can do is point you in a direction of other fitness experts that are more in tune with the vegetarian lifestyle.
Here’s a link to a vegetarian recipe book that I’ve heard is great and can help you meet your protein requirements.
As you can tell from this video and the greek meaning of Protein…”of prime importance”…I want you to get more high quality protein sources in your diet!
Not sure how much protein you require?
Check out my recent blog post on how to calculate your protein requirements.
Next video blog, we’ll be talking about healthy fat sources.
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– What’s your favorite protein source?
– Do you have a protein source with every meal/snack?
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