We've been told over and over again that protein is essential for our diet. It makes us fitter, leaner and stronger. But that's only if you're eating it properly. And many of us are not. In fact, there are several mistakes we make when we add protein to our diet. According to Yahoo Health these mistakes may be holding you back from getting that body you've been working so hard for. If you're wondering why those pounds are not coming off as quickly as you'd like, you may want to consider the following mistakes many of us are making.
It's important to pair your post-workout protein meal with carbs. While protein's amino acids are necessary to repair your muscles after a workout, the carbs are also necessary to help transport those amino acids into your body’s cells to help with muscle growth. Many athletes will choose low-fat chocolate milk for a post workout drink because it has a good blend of carbs and protein.
Every meal needs protein
Protein is what keeps your blood sugar stable throughout the day and helps prevent that afternoon slump. Chances are you aren't having it with your breakfast or your lunch salad but you should try to get protein with every meal. Experts suggest you aim to get 20 to 30 grams of protein with each meal – not just with your meat at dinner.
Mix It Up
To get the best goals for your weight loss and fitness gains it's recommended that you eat protein from different sources every day. It's important to get all nine amino acids into your body so it's important to make sure your diet is rich in all varieties of protein from meats, beans veggies and dairy. Every protein source has different blends of vitamins, minerals, fats and carbs so mixing up your choices will give you the best health results. Greek yogurt has a lot of protein and is probiotic filled. Wild salmon has 25 per cent more protein than regular supermarket salmon, plus omega-3 fatty acids. Quinoa has that very important muscle building protein along with amino acids.
Shakes and Bars
While reaching for a protein shake or a snack bar may seem convenient, they are often loaded with sugar and likely not a lot of actual protein. Try to stick to real food sources for your protein needs such as nuts, seeds, Greek yogurt cups, cheese and hardboiled eggs. These all contain naturally occurring protein as well as several other good nutrients.
Complete vs. Incomplete Protein
Many plant-based proteins lack at least one of the nine essential amino acids our bodies need. Hence, they are called incomplete proteins. When we are trying to make our meals 'complete' we tend to pair complementary 'incomplete' proteins together. But this isn't necessary. All you have to do is make sure you eat a variety of food sources throughout the day. This will ensure you are getting enough protein and a good mixture of amino acids.