Who has it?
Probably not you. But, I’m almost certain at some point in your efforts to be healthier you might have thought, “I need to get more protein.”
I’m going to be honest with you. You’re probably eating more protein than you need. Why? How? Well, everything on the planet has protein in it. For the average person, a balanced diet is the best way to meet (or even exceed) your daily protein needs. Protein is special, because unlike carbohydrates or fats, the body can’t store protein as protein. That mean’s getting enough on a daily basis is pretty important.
When we eat protein, a few things happen:
- It helps us build healthy bones and muscles; proteins are the building blocks for healthy cells.
- It promotes feelings of satiety, or fullness.
- It can help you limit your intake of overly processed carbs
- In some scenarios, it can help you achieve short term weight loss goals
Let’s focus on an important piece of information about protein that I mentioned above: you can’t store it. You need to eat it daily. In other words, when you don’t use up the protein you eat for energy, your body isn’t going to store it as protein. Loading up on protein will not make you skinnier if you’re eating more than your body needs. When you don’t use the protein you consume for energy, the amino acids that make up the protein are converted to glucose (sugar) via a process known as gluconeogenesis. The glucose is then stored, leading to weight gain….