Protein is the stuff of life. We need it for innumerable reasons. If your knowledge of protein is bit foggy from GCSE days, then read on.
Protein provides amino acids, the building blocks of life. Amino acids have different roles in the body. They regulate your metabolism, boost your energy, and produce all kinds of hormones. They also help maintain and grow muscle mass. In fact the original Total Recall script had Arnold Schwarzenegger uttering the immortal line 'Why don't you give these people some protein?' *
As well as all the lovely effects listed above, eating more protein can help you lose weight because it makes you feel fuller for longer. It burns up slowly, fending off those snacking issues you have to deal with on a daily basis.
Here are some of the symptoms of a low protein intake:
Yikes! Experts disagree about how much you should eat, but if you consume 2000 calories a day (well done!) then 50-150 grams of protein should suffice.
You don't need to eat chicken at every meal. Some of the best and cheapest ways to eat protein is to munch on veggies. Before you cry 'Pah! Vegetarians are weak because they don't get enough protein!' just take a look at some mountain gorilla pictures. Does he look like he needs more protein? And he's never had a roast chicken in his life.
It's worth taking a look at your protein levels. If you eat crackers, cereal and toast all day then you're probably bloated, overweight, exhausted and partially hairless. Get some Greek yogurt on baked potato down your neck and life may improve.
*Completely made up, but I still love you Arnie.