"How much protein should I eat to lose body fat?"
Written by Mark Coles - Follow on Google+ | Facebook | Twitter
A situation that we come across all too often, is people trying to lose body fat by consuming one or even zero portions of protein per day. This is very common with people who are fixated in losing only scale weight. As specialists in fat loss and body composition, it is very important to us that our clients improve their health and also develop a body shape that they can be proud of. For us to achieve this, protein plays a key part.
Protein is a very controversial topic, but if you study the research you will see that consuming a higher protein diet is actually safe to your health. If you’re looking to improve your body composition, health or exercise performance, you’ll find it very hard to achieve these without maintaining optimal levels of protein in your diet.
When we coach someone how to change their body shape, we give them an actual target amount of protein to reach each day. It is important that new habits are fixed in place before we deliver a new one. Working on protein goals is one of the many habits that we teach in when working with our body transformation clients.
So what do we recommend when we discuss protein intake with our clients?
We suggest that you should be eating protein evert couple of hours. This doesn’t mean eating only three meals a day, this means splitting your meal times into regular feedings.
Eating protein regularly helps keep you feeling fuller for longer, it stimulates your metabolism and it also helps you build vital muscle mass. Muscle mass is key if you want to lower your body fat levels and change your body shape.
What we recommend to our personal training clients, is to work on portions sizes rather than being strict about actual weight. A portion of protein is equal to the size of the palm of your hand.
So for a female client we would recommend one portion of protein (this equates to one medium sized chicken breast) per meal.
For a medium build male we suggest one and a half portions per meal.
For a larger build male we suggest two portions of protein with each meal.
There is also a little confusion as to the healthiest forms of protein you should be eating. You should try to include lean protein sources with each of your meals. Where possible you should also choose organic and grass fed protein sources.
What type of protein are we talking about?
Here are a few examples:
- Grass fed lean beef, buffalo, chicken, turkey, venison
- Wild Salmon, Tuna, Cod, Mackerel, sardines
- Omega 3 righ eggs
- Vegetarian/vegan choices including tofu, tempeh, soy, beans
- Supplements such as whey/casein or vegan protein powders count as a portion of your daily protein serving.
If you feel you need extra guidance with your protein intake and diet, why not consider our online coaching service?
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