The benefits of Protein

“Without protein, our body would not be able to function effectively.”

What is protein?

Protein is one of three macronutrients which provides us with energy and is necessary for our bodies to function efficiently. Protein is important because it is one of the body’s building blocks for muscle, bone, skin and other tissues.

Without protein, our body would not be able to function effectively. Protein is made up of 20 amino acids. While some of these amino acids are made by the body, others we must obtain through diet.

Can protein really help to lose weight?

Ensuring adequate protein intake is important for helping people to lose weight and also maintain a healthy weight. Protein helps to increase satiety, which means when we consume a meal high in protein; we tend to feel full more quickly and for longer, resulting in fewer calories being consumed overall.

In addition, it is believed that protein may also help to lower the hunger-stimulating hormone and therefore reduce our appetite following a meal. Protein is also relatively low in kilojoules (or energy). 1g of protein provides 17kj of energy.

Protein for active women

When we are taking part in regular physical activity, protein becomes particularly important. Performing resistance exercise causes tiny tears to form in our muscles.

Protein is necessary to help repair these tears and to also increase strength and growth of muscle tissue. Building lean muscle is important for anyone wanting to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight as it can help to speed up your metabolism. This is a good thing!

Even while you rest, muscle burns more kilojoules than fat. Research shows the best time to deliver protein is immediately following exercise. But more isn’t necessarily better – only 10 to 20 grams of protein is needed to provide essential amino acids to muscles.

How to incorporate protein into my diet?

Getting adequate protein is easy! Simply ensure you are including a rich source of protein with every meal and always have a small snack after intense workouts that include both protein and some carbohydrates to help build and repair muscle tissue and to replace glycogen stores that become depleted during your workout.

Great options include low fat Greek yoghurt and berries, nuts, trim milk, legumes, or why not try a Curves shake with skim milk - The perfect combination of protein and carbohydrates!

The new Curves Protein Range, consisting of Curves Protein Shake (Vanilla and Chocolate) and Curves Protein Bars (Meal and Snack bars) are available now in Clubs across Australia and New Zealand.