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If you are trying to lose weight and kick fat to the curb, do not underestimate protein.
Protein is essential for weight loss because it promotes fullness so you don’t go back for seconds. A high-protein meal or snack will make you feel full longer, keeping you from consuming unnecessary calories. Protein also aids in weight loss because it boosts metabolism, reduces appetite, and changes different weight-regulating hormones.
Here are some protein-rich snack ideas to incorporate more protein into your diet:
How much protein should you be eating?
So how much protein do you need? The amount will vary depending on your weight and your fitness goals. Most people need 1g of protein per pound of lean body mass, consumed over 5 or 6 small meals throughout the day. To get an understanding of your lean body mass, visit your local Edge Fitness Club and ask for an Inbody Scan at the front desk!
Here’s an example of how much protein a 150 lb woman needs. Say her goals are weight loss and fat loss. If her current lean body mass is 30%, she has a lean mass of 105 lbs. She should eat about 105g of protein a day, split up over 5 or 6 meals. That may sound like a lot but it’s easier to eat than you’d think!