I’m not a nutritionist, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express one time years ago.
Being able to research published articles and reputable websites is important when you don’t want to run to the doctor every time you experience some new roadblock on your weight loss journey.
At the bottom of this post, I’m linking to an article on Healthline.com that highlights the importance of keeping track of of your protein intake when you start on a fitness and weight loss journey.
The net is that protein should account for around 30% of your Calorie intake or .7 – 1 gram of protein for each pound of lean body mass.
Why worry about your Protein intake levels?
- Digesting and Metabolizing Protein Burns calories (your body has to work to digest)
- Protein changes the levels of weight regulating hormones
- Higher protein intake helps increase metabolism due to the high thermic effect
- Higher protein intake helps reduce your appetite later in the day (helps reduce late night snacking and feeling of empty stomach)
- Protein helps prevent muscle loss and metabolic slow down (yes, as you get more fit, your body will use less calories depending on your exercise levels and muscle mass. And if you are exercising and not getting enough protein, your body will start consuming your muscle mass for needed repairs)
Review the full article from Healthline as the link below: