On today’s Live Lean TV episode, I’m sharing why protein is important for losing weight and building muscle.
I’ll also be showing you my top lean muscle building sources.
Yes we’re talking protein.
Protein comes from the Greek word “of prime importance”.
Yeah buddy, protein!
Protein is important for:
In addition to this, protein is great for losing weight because it 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.
This leaves your body with the remaining 70 calories.
Ultimately, protein helps build lean sexy muscle and burns more calories.
This sounds like protein is the perfect food for Living Lean.
Here are the highest quality protein sources that I consume.
These protein sources have the highest biological value, meaning the body absorbs it best, and it’s a full complete protein.
This means each of these protein sources contain all the essential amino acids that your body requires from food.
So don’t be fooled when looking at the protein content on a food’s nutrition label.
Even though the nutrition label on foods such as conventional bread shows 6 grams of protein, your body doesn’t necessarily absorb all 6 grams of protein.
It’s not a complete protein because bread does not contain all the essential amino acids.
It’s also best to try and consume a different protein source with each meal and snack throughout the day.
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 protein sources.
Now you’re probably asking, what about dairy sources of protein?
Is greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and dairy milk a good source of protein?
Over the last 6 months, I’ve cut dairy out of my diet.
Unlike the popular marketing slogan, dairy doesn’t always do a body good.
A lot of people, including myself, have intolerances to lactose and casein.
After doing some testing, I noticed I consistently felt bloated after consuming dairy.
Once I removed dairy from my diet, the bloating disappeared.
This is just another reason why I don’t consume it anymore.
In addition to this, a lot of conventional sources of dairy can be pumped full of unnatural hormones, pesticides, and antibiotics.
Dairy doesn’t need to be an essential part of your diet.
But if it is, make sure you are consuming the best types of dairy, including raw, organic, unpasteurized, full fat greek yogurt and cottage cheese.
Also try to stay away from regular conventional pasteurized and homogenized 2% and skim dairy milk.
Give this a try and see how you feel.
I’ve also been getting a lot of questions from vegans and vegetarians about what can they eat for protein?
Now, I’ll be 100% up front with you, I love you, but I don’t claim to be an expert on being a vegan or vegetarian.
Therefore, I am not the best person to give vegan and vegetarian nutrition advice.
So the best thing I can do is point you in a direction of other fitness experts that are more in tune with the vegan and vegetarian lifestyle.
Here’s a link to a vegan nutrition program that I’ve never tried, but may help you meet your vegan protein requirements.
Why Protein Is Important For Losing Weight And Building Muscle
Again, the greek meaning of protein is “of prime importance”.
So it’s important for you to get more high quality protein sources in your diet.
Check out my blog post on how to calculate your daily protein requirements.
I hope this post cleared up why protein is important for losing weight and building muscle.
Now it’s time to go check out this post on the best healthy sources of fat.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.