Protein and Muscle

Nutrition Coach Jamie here! Let’s talk Protein!

When protein is consumed, the stomach starts digestion and the intestines finish by turning it into amino acids.

Muscles use amino acids to make more, convert to other amino acids (alanine/glutamine) or burn it for fuel.

Fun fact: Leucine is the amino acid that “turns-on” muscle building. There is about 8-12% in animal proteins and 6-8% in plant proteins.

Why do we need Protein?

Protein is important to make sure we facilitate muscle growth and repair. It also keeps us full which is great because then we are less likely to snack on “empty calorie” foods.

What are examples of Protein?

Protein is found in a wide variety of foods, and is especially rich in meats, fish, seafood, poultry, milk, eggs, cheese, yogurt, legumes (beans, lentils, dried peas), nuts and seeds and their butters, and in soy products like tempeh, tofu, and soy beverage.

Whole grains, fruits, and vegetables also contribute a small amount of protein to your daily diet.

Additional Needs Met

Eating protein from a wide variety of food sources will help you meet your needs for many important micronutrients such as iron, zinc, vitamin B12, calcium, and vitamin D.

How much Protein do I need?

We’d love to talk with you about your individual needs – schedule a complimentary No-Snack Intro to learn about our Nutrition Programs so we can work one-on-one!

Here for your success,

Coach Jamie

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