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The Importance of Protein: How Much You Need and Easy Ways to Get It

Hey there Auburn / Opelika fitness enthusiasts!

Did you know that 99% of clients I talk to don’t eat enough protein? Protein is a powerhouse nutrient that plays a crucial role in building muscle, burning fat, staying full longer, regulating blood sugar, boosting your immune system, and much more.

How Much Protein Do You Need?

We usually recommend aiming for about 0.7g – 0.8g of protein per pound of body weight as a good benchmark. This can be a significant increase if you’re used to consuming only 50-60g per day, which is common for most Americans.

What 30g of Protein Looks Like:

  • 35g Whey Protein (130 calories)
  • 130g Chicken Breast (150 calories)
  • 275g 0% Greek Yogurt (150 calories)
  • 250g Tofu (250 calories)
  • 175g 80/20 Beef (450 calories)
  • 350g Black Beans (490 calories)

You don’t need to consume heaps of protein at once. Instead, focus on including good portion sizes in each of your meals. Here are some simple and varied options:

  • Breakfast: Egg whites
  • Lunch: Chicken breast
  • Dinner: Tuna steaks

Benefits of Protein:

  1. Builds Muscle: Essential for muscle repair and growth.
  2. Burns Fat: Helps increase metabolism and maintain lean muscle mass.
  3. Satiety: Keeps you full longer, reducing overall calorie intake.
  4. Blood Sugar Regulation: Helps stabilize blood sugar levels.
  5. Immune Support: Boosts the immune system.

By incorporating these protein-rich foods into your diet, you can easily meet your daily protein needs and enjoy the numerous health benefits that come with it.

Keep moving… Stay moving… Stay healthy!

Cam Peavy, Founder of Infinity Wellness

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