Today we're gonna talk a little bit about protein and why it is so important. Protein is often talked about a lot with nutrition, but it may be unclear as to why it is such a big deal. Protein helps fuel your muscles when you're doing resistance training. It also can be a good tool to curb your appetite while you're trying to lose weight - because it takes your body longer to digest protein, you’ll feel full for a longer period of time. So, when we're talking about appetite control, protein is very important.
Carbohydrate heavy meals can cause your blood sugar to spike and then drop quickly within the next hour or two. The reason that happens is because refined carbohydrates often have a high glycemic index - this means that your body digests and uses those foods to boost the blood sugar more quickly than other foods. When we eat a little bit of protein with our carbohydrates, the blood sugar will come down after that meal much more slowly, leaving our bodies better balanced. For example, let’s compare eating just an apple with eating an apple plus a few nuts before going to work out. You are likely to have more sustained energy when you've had the nuts with the apple because the protein will balance out your blood sugar more effectively during that workout.
Another way protein helps us in our workouts is by promoting muscle repair after resistance training. When you lift weights, you are actually causing small micro tears in the muscle. The muscles rely on protein to help with the repair so that, after, they become stronger and more toned. Protein is the essential building block of bodies and muscle cells, so, without enough protein in your diet, you are likely to get injured because you cannot recover the way you need to.
Oftentimes, it is a lot easier to eat things that don't have protein. They can be more portable and easier to grab on the go. Tomorrow, we are going to go over different sources of protein. It may be hiding in some of the things you already eat or you may not be getting enough of it. Today, notice how often you have protein. Do you have protein with every meal? Snack? Write down this information so that we can reflect on it in days to come!