Protein Power

For several months, I have tried cutting my relationship with carbohydrates. This taught me the importance of protein. Ever heard of “calorie-counting?”Who would have ever thought that protein-rich foods are NOT high in calories? I am now a nurse and certainly I may have forgotten this fact. *Sorry teachers.*

Browsing through some old Nutrition books and magazines, the key here is that “Though MOST proteins will cost you a few calories than fruits and vegetables,  proteins can make you lose weight.”

This is me and a few of my closest college friends. Taken shortly after a huge meal of protein-rich food and not to mention a weight-loss enemy — “pasta.”

The moment you take that big chunk of protein goodness and try to swallow it – it starts to carve off those undesirable waistline. Ok. I’m exaggerating.  High-protein foods take more work to digest, metabolize, and use, which means you burn more calories processing them. They also take longer to leave your stomach, so you feel full quick and for a longer amount of time.

Protein makes you lose FAT and not MUSCLE. Since the body uses amino acids in protein to build lean muscles – which makes us stronger and toned. It keeps on pulverizing those calories in both your active and inactive state. How’s that for fun? 🙂

In a recent reading, most experts advise consuming between 0.5 to 1.0 grams of protein per pound of your body weight. The best weight-trimming proteins are skinless white chicken, seafoods, low-fat dairy, pork tenderloin, and lean beef. Else, you’ll be indulging with 3 grams of fat per 50 calorie serving. LOL.

Let’s keep pumpin’ up those protien power! Ciao! 😀

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