Fitness Friday: The Power of Protein

From the moment it leaves you fork, protein starts whittling away your waistline. High protein foods take more energy to digest, metabolize, and use, which ultimately means you burn more calories processing them. They take longer to leave your stomach, so you feel full sooner and for a longer amount of time. The overall effect has obvious benefits for anyone who is watching their weight. Experts advise consuming between 0.5 -1.0 grams of protein per pound of your body weight. That’s 70-140 grams a day for a 140-pound woman. Skew on the high end if you are very active, and on the low end if you are trying to lose weight. If both apply, shoot for an amount somewhere in the middle – around 120 grams. Even more important: Aim to get at least 30 grams at breakfast. That is roughly the amount you will get from 2 eggs (use egg whites instead) and 1 cup of low fat cottage cheese. Vegetarians should reach for complete proteins such as hemp seed, quinoa, and tofu. The beauty of protein is that with so many tasty options, getting your daily dose is a simple pleasure.

Protein on the Go:

1. Jerky 1 ounce = 9.4 g protein
2. Roasted Soy Nuts ¼ cup = 17 g protein
3. Protein powder 4 ½ tbsp scoop = 16 g protein
4. Hard boiled eggs 1 egg= 6 g protein

BE HAPPY. BE HEALTHY.

-TK

About Krystal Koons

Krystal Koons is the spokesperson for Jim Koons Automotive Companies, one of the country's largest privately-held dealership groups headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area. Visit us at www.koons.com.

Posted on February 3, 2012, in 2012 Biggest Loser Challenge, Fitness and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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