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How Much Protein Do You Really Need?

Protein is essential for the human body to function, it's needed to carry out various processes to keep you alive and healthy such as making blood, enzymes, repairing connective tissue and so on.

The exact amount of protein needed changes as you grow: Babies need about 10 grams a day, while adult men need about 56 grams a day. It is recommended 10% of your total daily caloric intake comes from a protein source.

Protein is also key for weight loss. If shedding pounds is your goal, adding protein to your diet will help keep you fuller for longer. That along with a consistent exercise routine will help you reach your weight loss goals.

If your goal is the opposite of weight loss, if you want to gain muscle mass then it is also recommended to increase your protein intake to approximately 2g per Kg. A study published in the journal Nutrients, found that "protein intake was shown to promote additional gains in lean body mass beyond those observed with resistance exercise alone."  Meaning, muscle mass gain and protein go hand in hand.

While most of the foods consumed on a regular basis by most people contain protein in some form, you definitely want to ensure that you are consuming an adequate amount of protein depending on what your goals are. Some common protein packed foods readily available are: Eggs, Lentils, Cottage cheese, beef, fish, tofu, even ice cream!

It's important to keep in mind that even though some junk foods may provide some protein, it's not the best source of protein and also lacks in other nutrients. The source of the protein is very important, providing your body with high quality protein will be optimal to your results.

If you’re looking for a delicious,quick and easy way to increase your protein intake, consider trying one of the mouth watering protein powders. Alpha meal is a pure, 100% grass-fed whey protein sourced from grass-fed cow’s milk which delivers a higher concentration of omega-3, vitamins E & B, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

This high quality formula comes in two flavors: Cinnamon Ice cream and Cookies & cream.


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