How to Choose Your Proteins Wisely | Nutrition
Our body needs protein because everything vital in our bodies is made of protein. We also need it because it’s a macronutrient, which our body has to have in large amounts on a daily basis.
The human body however, does not store protein. When we need a new supply, we can’t get it naturally or locally. Protein is made up of amino acids, some of which cannot be produced by our body so we source it from our diet.
Typically, people think that meat, eggs, fish, and all animal produce are the only sources of protein. However, eating more of these foods in addition to sausages, hot dogs, bacon, deli meats and other processed meats, when consumed in large quantities can increase the risk of colorectal cancer, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes. This is according to chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard University School of Public Health, Dr. Frank Hu.
Eating highly processed protein rich foods can damage your body. They can also make it harder for you to lose weight. You can however, benefit from getting protein from better food sources. You see, the type of protein you eat can help you lose weight and achieve better overall health. Dr. Hu recommends sourcing your dietary proteins from these foods:
Whole grains: 1 slice whole wheat bread = 3 grams protein + valuable fibre
Nuts: 1 ounce almonds = 6 grams protein, which is nearly as much protein as 1 ounce of broiled rib eye steak
Beans: contain more protein than any other vegetable protein. Soy and legumes for example, can provide the same amount of proteins that meats have. They're also loaded with fibre.
Poultry: it contains saturated fat, but the good news is, you can eliminate most of it by removing the skin
Fish: one of the best alternatives to red meat because many types of fish contains less fat. What’s more, its fat offers heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids!
Get Help from a Qualified Nutritionist
If you decide to lessen your carb intake and boost your protein to lose weight, eat foods that we’ve included above. If you’re unsure about which proteins to eat or what types of proteins to add to your diet, you can seek help from professional nutritionists. At Aussie Supps Nutrition Hub, we have an in-house qualified nutritionist that can provide you with a healthy diet plan that's personalized to your body and goals.
We use the principle of calories for all our meal plans, with some clients tracking, but most clients using simple serving sizes instead! Meaning you get to pick and choose foods you like and enjoy, but without having to track it all every day!
Remember, if your goal is to lose weight, your health matters more than a number on a scale. It's always important to maintain a holistic approach to weight loss. It should also include physical activity, stress management, quality sleep, and other important factors, such as hormones and medical issues.