So you’re interested in losing weight, but you’re unsure about how much protein you should consume and the importance of protein consumption for weight loss. You have come across hundreds or more weight loss programs suggesting that you consume a large amount of protein (80 grams or more) daily to help your body burn fat and build muscle. I’m here to share a different message to you. The source of protein you consume is more important than the volume of protein you consume. The former will provide you with many vital vitamins and minerals for good health while the latter will make you fill bloated and could potentially be harmful to your overall health in due time.
Your Body Runs on Carbs, so Eat Complex Ones
Complex Carbs are good for you and they come in the most basic foods. Complex carbs are so complex that they include vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein. These complex carbs are whole foods and they include fruit, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts. Combining three or four of these types of complex carbs can provide large amounts of clean complete protein that your body can digest and use optimally. For example, eating black beans with quinoa will provide you with a large amount of protein (complete protein with all the essential amino acids) per serving helping you fulfill your recommended daily intake. Your body is happy when you consume complex carbs because it knows exactly what to do with them.
Check Your Sources
Get your daily recommended intake of protein from whole food sources and not primarily from animal based products. I’m not suggesting that you go vegan (But I recommend a diet that consist of primarily natural whole based foods), but you should consider eating clean. What your body does with protein is just one thing and you should consider all of the processes in the body. How you feel is a direct correlation of what you eat. If you eat clean you will feel better and have more energy and that in turn will help you lose more weight. Some protein supplements will strip you of that energy and make you feel bloated and weighted down.
You Don’t Need As Much As You Think
WebMD recommends that an adult male consume 56 grams of protein a day and an adult female consume 46 grams of protein a day. (https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/protein). I bet you thought you needed more? But no. You can easily get that amount of protein a day without thinking about it. Most of us consume two or three times more protein a day. You can put away that protein shake for now and just eat well and go hard in the gym.