Do you ever feel like you hear so much about protein, but you aren’t really sure what the hype is all about? Or maybe you think that having too much protein is going to make you bulk up like a bodybuilder!
As a personal trainer for over 10 years, I’ve heard all of the protein questions from my clients. Lots of people shy away from protein because they don’t want to bulk up, or they accidentally aren’t eating enough of it because their diet is full of carbs and fats!
Let me tell you this: protein won’t make you bulk up like a bodybuilder, because your body needs protein just to survive!
You might not be eating enough protein–but how do you know? Taking a look at how you are feeling is a really easy way to see if you are getting enough protein. Here are my top three ways to tell if you need to add protein into your diet!
Constant Need to Eat
Do you eat lunch and then feel hungry a half hour later? Are you always craving a snack? If so, you might not be getting enough protein in your diet.
You’ve probably heard me talk about good carbs and bad carbs before. Good carbs are complex carbs, and bad carbs are simple carbs. Your body digests simple carbs quickly. People often choose simple carbs, usually in the form of sugary treats and processed foods.
Simple carbs won’t leave you feeling satisfied. Basically, simple carbs make you feel like you need to eat again–and really soon!
Protein helps you feel full for longer, while simple carbs digest quickly and leave you feeling hungry. When you feel snack cravings after a meal, reach for protein instead of a treat from the vending machine.
Always Getting Sick
If you are always calling in sick to work and feeling under the weather, you might need to add some protein to your meals.
Protein makes up the cells in your body that can fight off infection and keep you healthy. If you aren’t feeding your body with an adequate amount of protein, your immune system will suffer.
Often times, you can boost your immune system not only using protein, but the other vitamins and minerals that are found in foods with protein. For example, lean beef or beans both have zinc, which helps your body produce white blood cells.
Tired & Feeling Foggy
Do you feel exhausted sometimes, and maybe even a little frustrated? You might have been fueling your body with simple carbs that caused a spike in your blood sugar.
Lots of people turn to simple carbs like white bread or processed foods when they need a bite to eat. Simple carbs give you quick energy, but that energy quickly drops too, causing a spike and then a fall in your blood sugar.
By eating foods filled with protein, you will experience fewer spikes in your blood sugar. Protein digests slower than simple carbs, which means your blood sugar won’t be spiking.
If you’ve decided you aren’t eating enough protein in your diet, there are some super easy ways to start adding that protein in!
The easiest way to add high quality protein into your diet is to start drinking IdealShake meal replacement shakes. They have 10-11 grams of high quality whey protein in each serving, plus they taste delicious.
You can also try adding beans, chicken, turkey, or Greek Yogurt to your meal plan. If you’re having trouble thinking of ways to add protein to your meals, check out my FREE 15 Day IdealShape for Life Challenge!
You’ll get yummy meals full of protein, fun workouts, and exclusive access to an online support community. Join this free challenge and start feeling full, losing weight, and looking great. See you in there!