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4 Powerful Reasons to Eat More Protein

By Genevieve Cunningham

If you’ve ever studied anything about diet, you already know how important protein is to the body. Along with minimal carbs and healthy fats, protein is one of the staples of a healthy diet. But have you ever asked yourself why? What’s so great about this compound anyway? To learn more about the importance of protein in your life and health, take a look at these four powerful reasons to add a little more to your diet today.

Protein Can Suppress Your Appetite

One of the most important aspects of maintaining a healthy weight is portion control. If we can avoid eating too much, we’re already ahead of the game. But what happens when you’re always hungry? If this happens to you, it’s entirely possible that you’re simply eating the wrong foods. Adding protein can help suppress the appetite and leave you feeling fuller longer.

Protein Helps Build Muscle

You’ve probably already heard of this one, but it’s worth mentioning again. Protein is great for building up muscle mass. In fact, protein is the foundation of good muscles. If you’re not getting enough, no amount of lifting will build your muscles to your liking. Add more protein to your diet and continue lifting, and you’ll likely notice a drastic improvement in the mass and strength of your muscles.

Protein Helps Burn Fat

It might not directly burn fat, but it absolutely boosts that fat-burning ability indirectly. How? By building muscle! Muscle requires more energy than fat. So the more muscle you have in your body, the more energy your body has to burn in order to function. And what does this mean? It means burning off more calories. Anyone who is trying to lose weight should know that adding some lean protein to the mix is a step in the right direction.

Protein Might Help Lower Blood Pressure

Several recent studies have found a connection between protein intake and lower blood pressure. While it’s not an alternative to medication or a doctor’s advice, eating more protein might help manage high blood pressure and lead you to better health overall. If you have any concerns over this approach, just talk to your doctor for advice.

If you’re not already eating enough protein, it’s time to take this nutritional compound seriously. Add some lean meats, healthy nuts, or even a protein powder to your diet to make sure that you’re getting what you need. With the right amount of protein and a healthy lifestyle, your fitness goals will be within reach before you know it.

 To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Albuquerque, N.M.

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