The Importance of Protein

Modestly increasing the proportion of protein in the diet, while controlling total calorie intake, can help:
* Improve body composition
* Facilitate fat loss
* Improve body weight maintenance after weight loss


What is the importance of making sure you get enough protein?

  • It is in every cell in your body. In fact, hair and nails are mostly made of protein.

  • Your body uses it to build and repair tissue.

  • You need it to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals.

  • It is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.


Like carbohydrates and fat, protein is a "macronutrient,” meaning that you need relatively large amounts of it to stay healthy. (Vitamins and minerals, which you only need in small quantities, are called "micronutrients.")

Unlike carbohydrates and fat, your body does not store protein, so it has no reservoir to draw from when you’re running low.  Protein bars and shakes are a great way to supplement your diet to ensure you’re getting the right amount of protein.


Benefits of a Protein-Enriched Diet:

  • Speeding recovery after exercise

  • Reducing muscle loss

  • Building lean muscle

  • Helping you maintain a healthy weight

  • Curbing hunger


For the Athlete 

Optimal nutrition is an essential part of every athlete’s training program, and the information contained separately in the Textbook of Nutrition is essential to understanding the proper application of nutrition in athletics.


The primary areas of concern are
1) consuming enough calories to support performance
2) consuming the correct balance of macronutrients before, during and after exercise; and
3) proper hydration

 

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