Maintaining your body is a whole task on its own that we are entitled to by virtue of being alive. Keeping ourselves in check at times has proven to be an uphill task for majority; obesity being a visible sign of our failure in keeping our bodies in check.
Low carb diets have shown to have an upper hand as far as weight lose is concerned. However, we tend to forget the other players that contribute to your weight loss. Proteins also assist in the weight loss strategy.
What many of us may not know is that, proteins help to maintain the lean muscle and build it as your body metabolism burns off those extra calories. Another interesting fact is that proteins take long to digest and be absorbed by the body. Hence, more calories are needed to be burned in order to produce energy to digest the proteins, eventually contributing to weight loss.
Below are some of the high end sources of proteins that are easy to acquire and very effective.
- Lean meat and poultry
All kinds of meat are practically proteins. Goat meat to chicken to fish, all have to some extent some certain percentage of proteins in it. Lean meat does not have any form of fat in it, which is good for your body.
An ounce of lean meat contains roughly 7 grams of protein.
Besides being a high source of proteins, they are also sources of vital minerals and vitamins that are needed by the body for its growth and development. Iron and manganese features prominently in most of them both of which are essential in the formation of blood.
Eggs are rich in protein right from the word go. One egg is equivalent to 6 grams of proteins. They are healthy and quite easy to prepare.
It is advisable to take at least an egg each day if possible especially in the morning as you take your breakfast. They help in keeping blood sugar level in check and also your appetite is suppressed a little to reduce those cravings.
Eggs also contain calcium, iron and potassium for your body utilization.
Milk is always good for your health. It is actually yummy and tasty. 1 ounce is equivalent to one gram of protein. So it is recommendable to take at least 8 ounces of milk a day (equivalent to one glass) to provide your body with enough proteins.
Moreover, it also provides you with calcium mineral in plenty. Calcium is related with anything to do with bones and teeth. They make them strong and healthy.
- Organic yoghurt
Yoghurt is a favorite for many especially those with a sweet tooth. It offers a diversion from those sugary foodstuffs but still satisfy your cravings
It’s a healthy and delicious snack. It also prevents a drop in blood sugar levels which may translate to weight gain if not checked.
Cheese lovers will agree with me that it is worth its value. Cheese is good provided you keep check on the amount you consume on daily basis. A few slices a day will do the trick.
An ounce of cheese is actually equivalent to one ounce of chicken, just to prove its high percentage of protein in it.
Fish never disappoint when it comes to supplying proteins. The oily fish also provide the omega 3 fatty acids which are processed as supplements in medicine stores.
Omega 3 aids in maintaining the sugar level in the body to curb weight gain. Also it contains healthy fats and oils which make one satisfied, hence reducing the frequency of eating throughout the day.
- Kidney beans
They can be easily added in soups and sauce without anyone noticing it as they eat. Just half a cup of beans provide 7 grams of proteins which is just about what an ounce of chicken offers
Kidney beans are also rich in fibre which eases digestion and ensures you are full for the better part of your day.
They are high not only in protein value but also nutritious. Lentils are now becoming a wide known legume produce since they break the monotony of the common beans and peas we are used to.
They also play a role in balancing the blood sugar levels. Plus they keep your tummy all smiling for a long time without the hustle of eating again. It also reduces cholesterol accumulation in the blood.
½ a cup of lentils is equivalent to 9 grams of proteins.
Nuts have been recommended by nutritionists for their high nutrition value and more so, its advantages to the body. It prevents heart disease and improves blood vessels functioning.
An ounce of nuts offers around 7 grams of protein.
- Peanut butter
Your kid probably just loves licking the peanut butter tin. It is sweet and addictive for those who take it every day. What I love about peanut butter is that it is flexible; in that one can apply on virtually any foodstuff of your choice. Sandwiches, Bread, vegetables you name it.
Two tablespoons of peanut butter provide 8 grams of protein, which is high considering you are applying a number of slices.
Many consider it a snack, others breakfast but all in all, its protein value is what is of concern to us. Invest in a peanut butter now if you’ve never tried it, you will be amazed.