20 Jun 2018

Are you Getting Enough Protein?

Tara Adlestone, MISSFITS Nutrition
There exist a number of misperceptions amongst women when it comes to protein powders and protein snacks. The main one being consuming protein will cause the development of a bodybuilder physique. So often we hear “But won’t taking protein turn me into Arnie” but this could not be further from the truth! 

The truth is protein is essential for a healthy body. It is used by our bodies to not only build and repair muscle, but also for bones, skin, hair and nails. Leading Registered Nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert highlights this, saying “Too little protein can cause joint pain, blood sugar changes, trouble building muscle mass and low immunity.”

So how much protein should you be consuming? The general consensus is 1g protein per 1kg body weight per day. So if you weigh 60kg, you should be aiming to intake 60g protein per day. To put this into perspective – one egg contains about 6-7g protein and a breast of chicken 20g. This is where using a protein powder can be such a help, to allow you to reach your daily intake which can sometimes be a struggle. And if your active, either working out or just working hard, protein intake requirements go up by about 50%, so this is when adding protein powders and snacks into your diet can be particularly effective!

Rhiannon Lambert says “Protein powder can be a great on-the-go boost. Protein powder is not essential to the diet but it can be a very convenient way to increase your intake of protein…. Protein should be eaten at every meal and if you’re a busy bee, then at snacks too!” So keep this in mind every time you plate up your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

Look out for protein brands that are all natural, low in calories, have no added sugar and don’t contain artificial ingredients to make sure that you are getting your protein intake in a healthy way. 

To recap:

·         Protein is essential for a healthy body

·         It’s found in meat, vegetables and protein powder and snacks

·         Active women should aim to consume between 1g and 1.5g protein per 1kg body weight per day

About the writers:
At MISSFITS we aren’t your typical protein company. We aren’t all body builders or gym junkies, but we still understand the power of protein to help keep your body strong and your mind sharp. That’s why we make great tasting, everyday protein products for women, to help you stay on top of your game, whether you’re working out or just working late. With all natural ingredients, no added sugar and just the right amount of high quality protein, MISSFITS helps you #FuelYourBest day in and day out.

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