Benefits of Protein Consumption

Good morning, everyone!

It seems like now days, everyone is on the protein bandwagon. You see it everywhere- I feel like I can’t go on Instagram or Pinterest without seeing a protein shake! The literature about protein and its benefits for weightlifting and weight loss has absolutely exploded throughout the past few years. I used to be a little weary about consuming too much protein. I knew it was important for muscle replenishment after a hard workout, but I didn’t want to end up looking…well, manly. I wanted to stay lean and fit—not bulk up.

Fitness and nutrition have always been major passions of mine. Actually, many people do not know that during my senior year of college, I strongly considered transferring to a different college that had a dietetics program. I also seriously considered becoming a personal trainer. I ultimately didn’t follow through with these decisions because I was already four years into school and knew that if I were to switch programs, it would take an additional 3 years or more to complete. Nonetheless, my passion for nutrition and fitness has caused me to be a life-long learner in the health industry. In my free time, you can usually find me browsing nutrition related articles on fitness websites or Pinterest, working out, and trying my best to cook nutritious meals.

I came across this article the other day that I really enjoyed reading. The author, Mike, explains in a simple, yet informative writing style about the benefits of including protein in your diet, and how one can find these sources. I highly recommend this piece to anyone who may not exactly know why protein is so important to our bodies, and why it is imperative for the average person like me and you to consume it, not just bodybuilders and fitness fanatics. The reason why I love this article is because Mike stresses that as a society, we NEED to understand the importance of protein consumption. Without it, our bodies wouldn’t be able to function properly.

I have always been passionate about this subject. I remember a few years ago when my family and my boyfriend saw my huge whey container sitting on my kitchen counter. I could see in their eyes how scared they were that I was going to become the hulk within a matter of months. Not true! Purchasing my whey and incorporating it into my diet has really helped me become stronger and more fit overall. I can notice the difference when I haven’t been getting enough protein in my diet; I feel tired and irritable.

I could try and re-write his piece by telling you why protein is so important, but honestly I am not knowledgeable enough about this topic. Mike is certified and has much more expertise about the subject. In his article, Mike lists 18 foods that include protein, and gives helpful tricks on how to incorporate these foods into our diet. Some of these foods are more obvious, such as Greek yogurt and whey, but others not so much, such as lentils and vegetables. It is literature like this that needs to be brought to attention more in our world of health and fitness. We need less crap about how protein is only for bodybuilders and more REAL information about how your average Joe can benefit.

Next time you go grocery shopping, check out Mike’s article and modify your grocery list. He’s already given me some helpful ideas for what to include with my next dinner, and I know he can a huge help to you as well.

And remember- protein is NOT just for bodybuilders!!

Be well,
Chelsea

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