If protein is the building block of life, the more you can get the better?
Every cell in the body contains protein and getting in enough is essential for your body to replenish, recover and grow back fitter and stronger than before. Here are 5 quick reasons to increase your protein intake:
1. Add muscle mass and improves strength performance
No matter what form of exercise you do from running, swimming, weightlifting or dancing protein is needed to repair your muscles. When you exercise your muscles experience micro-tears and protein is the glue that fixes them up and builds your muscles stronger for next time!
2. Controls appetite and keeps hunger at bay
No body likes being hungry. Protein has been proven to be the most satiating and filling of the three macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fats). This helps you feel full and satisfied throughout the day and helps you avoid those afternoon cravings.
3. Boosts your metabolism
Your body uses energy to digest food and this burns calories. This process is called the "thermic effect of food" and uses 20-30% of the calories you consume from protein. Put simply, a large proportion of the calories you consume from protein are burned off immediately, just by eating them!
4. Aids in recovery and preventing injuries
As stated earlier, protein is the building block of life... such as muscle tissues and essential organs. This means that protein helps in rebuilding your body, whether it has been injured or before it happens! Keep that protein intake high to keep injuries at bay and to aid the recovery process.
5. Your nails and hair is also made of protein!
It's really not just for building muscles, your nails and hair are also composed of protein. Hair and nails are made of the structural protein keratin. Through increasing your daily protein intake you can strengthen both your nails and hair to grow faster and stronger.
The bottom line
Increasing your daily protein intake has a range of benefits for everyone. Quick and easy swaps can quickly bump up your protein intake. Check out 3 quick and easy Marmadukes PB recipes to implement into your daily routine to reap all the benefits listed above!