It doesn’t matter if you are an omnivore, a vegan or a selective vegetarian, you have probably heard lately that proteins are important. Even more if you are practicing sport at a regular level.
Before telling you the benefits of eating proteins, maybe we should back up a little bit.
Proteins are essential for your body for various reasons:
- The synthesis of the muscles
- The defense of the organism (with the production of antibodies)
- The transport of various elements in the blood
How does it work? When you eat a protein, your body transform them in amino acids, little chemical elements, who will turn themselves … in protein again.
The first benefit that you have when you eat one is, they provide you the sensation of being full. Eat enough protein and you won’t be snacking shit. Or less, at least.
I am not a nutritionist so I am not going to provide you a complete meal plan. But according to my experience it’s kind of easy to have a bit of protein at every meal:
- I have eggs at breakfast
- I eat chicken or turkey at lunch
- My protein shake is in my gym back as a post workout
- I have fish at dinner
We all have different needs and tastes but what’s important to know is that there is protein in not only meats but also cereals like quinoa, rice, milk, yogurt and cheese. So, you really have a lot of different options at your disposition.
What also works or me when I am hungry between meals is to have a snack with protein on it, like a Greek yogurt.
We tend to have the majority of our protein intake by the end of the day but it’s not ideal. As we said before, protein is a source of energy so it’s better to have them along the day.