Proteins are present in thousands of foods and should be eaten in adequate amounts according to each metabolism to help and regulate body activities.
But, what are proteins?
They are substances formed by various amino acids, which perform in numerous functions in the body since all organs require a type of amino acid to generate their function or stimulus.
Proteins are beneficial to health because they can control the digestion and absorption of other nutrients, help boost immunity, carry oxygen in the blood and to the muscles, improve energy and muscle contraction, as well as are associated with hunger and satiety hormones.
How proteins can help in losing weight?
Protein consumption should be divided throughout the day according to the number of meals. This subdivision will stimulate the process of reducing body fat and maintaining muscle mass or synthesis. The amounts and sources of protein consumed to ensure the effectiveness of weight loss depends on each person's life habits.
Proteins generate effects that enhance weight loss, the body uses energy to digest and absorb these nutrients. As the digestion process is over, the production of digestive enzymes and satiety hormones is increased to break down and absorb the proteins, as well as hunger is reduced because there is less production of insulin, and the next mealtime is extended. As a result, the total calorie intake of the day decreases, the choices of food sources become better and the weight loss occurs healthily.
Did you know that different types of proteins can be consumed?
There are two types of protein sources: animal sources and vegetable sources. The consumption of these two sources can simultaneously occur when the legumes (vegetable protein) and all kinds of meat (animal protein), for example, are consumed at the same meal (lunch or dinner).
The vegetable food sources that contain a large amount of protein are lentils, beans, tofu, chickpeas, almonds, chia seed, peas, quinoa. And examples of animal protein sources are eggs, fish and seafood, milk and dairy products, meats, poultry.
And how can you add these proteins in your daily eating routine?
You must eat at least one protein source in every meal of the day. For example, you can have eggs for breakfast; Meat, beans, and quinoa at lunch and fish or tofu at dinner.
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