Whenever anyone starts our 28 day weight loss program, the first thing we do is an assessment of their current eating regimen. We have them journal 1 full day of meals and snacks to see what their typical habits consist of. Nearly 100% of the time it’s immediately clear why they are not losing weight or gaining lean muscle – lack of protein.
Every cell in the human body contains protein. It is a major part of the skin, muscles, organs, and glands. Your body needs protein to keep you healthy, build and repair tissue and make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is also the necessary building block of bones, blood, muscles, cartilage and skin.
That alone is reason enough to ensure you are getting enough lean protein in your diet. But when it comes to losing weight – protein will provide you with many more benefits.
Unlike carbohydrates, protein is harder for your body to break down and digest. Therefore, after eating a protein based meal, you will feel fuller, longer. This will curb hunger and cravings by keeping you satiated.
If you’re trying to add on more muscle, protein is your best friend. After your body breaks down and digests protein, all that is left are amino acids. Your body will use these amino acids to build new muscle tissue and repair muscle tissue that becomes damaged. This will also help you recover faster after a strenuous workout.
Protein will also help regulate your blood sugar levels. Spikes in sugar in your blood causes your body to release insulin which triggers a mechanism for your body to store fat. When your blood sugar levels are stable, you will have less cravings, be less irritable and have more energy.
A diet rich in protein will help you lose weight and gain lean muscle. Eating the proper amount is key, as too much protein in your diet can cause health issues. The average person who doesn’t exercise or participate in a lot of strenuous activity should eat about a 1/2 of gram of protein for every pound that they weight.
Women dieting and exercising to lose weight can increase that to 1 gram of protein for every pound of weight. Women and men who want to add more lean muscle can eat about 1.5 grams of protein per pound (assuming there is a good exercise program in place with strength and cardio).
If you really want to ‘bulk up’ and put on more protein, about 2 grams of protein per body weight is recommended. You would have to be following a serious training program in order to utilize all of that protein, otherwise your body could end up excreting it through your skin (acne).
If you want to lose weight and gain lean muscle, inquire about our 28 day weight loss program. It includes our cross training boot camp, 28 day meal plan and a 28 day supply of our organic, NON GMO meal replacement shake.
**Ultimate Fit Zone is a Cross Training facility in Monmouth County NJ offering boot camp training programs TRX training, Power & Olympic Lifting and High Intensity Interval Training.