In my last post, I wrote that for weight loss, it’s recommended that we attempt to consume about 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight. That would mean that a 120 pound person would be consuming 120 grams of protein. That’s A LOT of protein and can be very challenging to do. Instead of focusing solely on the number of grams, I find it helpful to just ensure I’m eating a good source of protein with every meal and snack. Protein takes longer to digest and keeps us feeling fuller longer. It also is harder to digest, so we actually burn more calories metabolizing proteins than we do carbohydrates. Lastly, I don’t think anyone would be tempted to overeat plain Greek yogurt, chicken breast or hardboiled eggs – am I right?
Here’s a list of good sources of both animal and plant proteins. See how many different ones you can incorporate into your diet. Variety is important too!