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Protein- The King of All Macros

As with carbs, protein provides 4 calories per gram. What is freakin awesome about protein is that our body actually has to use energy to digest it. In other words, you actually burn calories when eating protein!



Let's say you ate100 calories of protein. Your body actually uses 20-30% of those calories just to digest it which means you only absorbed 70-80 of those calories! Mind. Blown.


Protein is made up of amino acids which are the building blocks of all of our body’s tissues, organs, muscles, hair, skin, enzymes etc.


Protein helps the absorption of nutrients, supports healthy metabolism, builds and supports muscles, helps to stabilize blood sugar, boosts energy and more. This is why, for most people, a diet sufficient in protein is highly recommended (especially as we age. Stay away, sarcopenia!)


Some good sources of protein include:


Beans

Lentils

Grass fed beef/ lamb

Grass fed dairy

Wild caught fish

Pasture raised eggs

Pasture raised poultry


For people with goals of building muscle and maintaining muscle, the amount recommended is usually about 1 gram per pound of lean body mass. But everybody and every body is different so please play around with the amount that feels good to you and always consult a physician.

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