Eating enough protein is important

For a lot of reasons:

  • Reduces appetite; keeps you feeling full longer.
  • Increase muscle mass and strength
  • Increases metabolism and fat-burning
  • Reduces cravings and urge to snack late at night
  • Helps maintain weight loss

How do you know if you’re getting enough protein?

Well, one way to tell is … if you’re getting hungry again not long after you eat a meal and heading to the kitchen for something else to eat, or snacking a lot late at night, you may not be getting enough protein.

Another way is to keep a food log, or food journal. Write down everything you consume in a day and keep track.

It’s kind of a pain in the beginning, but it gets easier and less time-consuming. We’re all creatures of habit and tend to eat a lot of the same foods, so writing down the amounts of calories, protein, carbs, and fat in various types of food becomes fairly routine fairly quickly.

Here are some good protein sources you might consider:

  • Eggs
  • Chicken breast
  • Greek yogurt
  • Cottage cheese
  • Fish
  • Lean beef
  • Lentils
  • Turkey breast
  • Quinoa
  • Peanut butter

Getting enough protein has lots of benefits for your health.

I heard someone say a while back that if you eat foods that don’t need a list of ingredients, you don’t have to worry much about what you eat.

Makes sense.

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