Protein: we know we need it. We know it builds muscle. But what else? Protein is beneficial for more than just muscle building. It may even surprise you! Read on for the surprising benefits of protein.
Whether you’re a meat fanatic or vegetarian, gym-buff or new to fitness, we all need a healthy amount of protein in our diet. The most popular benefit of protein is muscle building, but there is so much more to it than that. It is actually an important building block of your body’s overall function and wellness.
Protein isn’t just for people working on physical fitness. The right amount of protein is essential for everyone. Here are some surprising benefits of this essential nutrient:
Aids in Portion Control
We all have those days where even after eating breakfast we’re hungry again by 10:00am. Whenever this happens, I ask myself what nutrients were missing from my breakfast. One hundred percent of the time the answer is protein. But how does protein fend off hunger? Protein takes longer to digest, which makes you feel fuller for longer. This keeps us away from unnecessary snacking or overeating at the next meal. Whether you’re watching your weight or a self-proclaimed snacker, skimping on the protein is a definite “no-no.” Throw a Premier Protein® bar into your purse, gym bag or briefcase. Or, grab a vanilla protein shake on your way out the door. The 30 grams of protein will scare of pesky hunger pangs.
Decreases Fat, Increases Muscle
It’s a well-known fact that protein helps build muscle. But what you may not know is its role in losing fat. When paired with a healthy balance of carbohydrates, your body may burn extra calories as heat rather than store them as fat. Digesting protein also requires your body to work harder than it does when digesting other foods, such as fat and carbs. In other words, your body is burning more calories. Burning calories? From eating?! If that’s not a reason to eat more protein I don’t know what is!
Improves Brain Function
You probably weren’t expecting this one – but it’s something I’m pretty excited about. Did you know that proteins create enzymes and hormones that are critical for cognitive function? It’s true – and is actually one of the reasons we hear breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Components found in protein help us concentrate, focus and stay alert. Specifically B-12, omega-3s, DHA and amino acids. When our supply of protein runs low, so does our ability to learn. But once it’s replenished, our brains are back in the game.
Supports Bone Health
Protein isn’t just for muscles. The essential amino acids found in protein also support bone strength. From quicker healing, preventing weakness and even decreasing the risk of osteoporosis, protein is a key component of maintaining bone health. Whether plant or animal-based, there is no difference in how protein can support healthy bones, making Premier Protein® shakes, bars and powder an ideal solution.