We often hear conflicting information about how much protein we should be eating and it can be quiet confusing. So how much protein should you be eating on a daily basis?
Everyone has different needs when it comes to protein but one of the best recommendations was actually released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2015. Every 5 years they work together to release the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and they recommend for a 2000 calorie diet you should have 5 ½ ounces of protein a day. This doesn’t seem like a lot but it actually equals 154g of protein.
Another recommendation is that 10-35% of your calories should come from protein. If you are physically active then you would make sure 35% of your calories come from protein. This is much easier to figure out, especially if you have a set amount of calories you are eating on a daily basis.
However, you need to be careful to not eat too much protein, because protein contains 4 calories per gram and if you eat too much protein, it can be turned into fat. But as long as you stay within the 10-35% of protein in a healthy diet there is no need to worry! So why is it so important for us to get protein, especially if we are active?
Protein is important because it is one of the building blocks of muscles. It is very important to combine exercise and protein to help lose weight and build lean muscle. If you do not get enough protein, you will not be able to build muscles. It is also recommended to eat a meal high in protein within 2 hours of working out to help build muscles. Not only does this help build new muscles but it will also repairs your current ones.
Not only does protein help to build muscles but it also helps with your water balance in your body and helps with healing injuries and the immune system. The best part of protein is that it actually helps you to feel fuller longer and that is why it is such an important part of breakfast!
It is very important to start your day off with protein and ABS Pancake mixes help you achieve this by providing 25-26g of protein per serving. This doesn’t even include the extra 9g of protein you will receive from using 1/3 cup of egg whites to make the pancakes! All this equals 35g of protein, which is 1¼ ounce serving of protein!
ABS pancakes also makes a great meal to have after working out to help replenish the protein you just burned off and build up new muscles! Remember to get your protein within 2 hours after working out!
The best advice is to eat a well-balanced meal and to make sure you eat protein throughout the day, especially in the morning and after working out to help satisfy your hunger and build muscles!