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The importance of protein

Vikrant Duggal
Vikrant Duggal
• 1 min read

Protein is super important. It is used in every single cell in the body. Protein supports metabolism, blood sugar regulation, weight management, muscles, energy, mood, immunity, cardiovascular function, hormone production, and so much more.

Yet, there are so many misconceptions about protein. In 2018, U.S. News put together an article titled 8 protein myths many people believe. I think it's important to point them out:

  • Protein's main role is in muscle development
  • Cutting way back on protein is a good way to lose weight
  • Eating too much protein causes kidney disease
  • It's impossible to eat too much protein
  • Everyone should take a protein supplement
  • As long as you eat enough protein daily, it doesn't matter when or how you consume it
  • Some sources of protein are bad

Excess protein intake overwhelms the body. And the type of protein we choose directs whether our body finds it helpful and healthful, or challenging, even irritating.

A research study published in the Journal of American Medical Association produced a report by the Board of the Institute of Medicine to determine the optimal intake of the macronutrients protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Regarding protein intake, they determined the recommended daily allowance for those 18 years of age and older was 36% of your total body weight. (Note: Most performance athletes are likely consuming 55% of their body weight.)

I've now done Tess Master's SK60 program a few times and will be doing it once again in April. Tess acually kicks off the program with a Protein Evaluation.

She suggests that your protein intake be 36% of your body weight. Additionally, she recommends adding more grams of protein based on the level of exercise.

I saw incredible results (increase in energy and reduction in excess weight) by eating the right amount and types of protein.

It's worth it to better understand what your body needs to function optimally.