Humans are creatures of habit. When something is good, humans naturally demand more of it. When it is attractive, humans ask for more. When it adds value, humans will seek it out again and again. Habit is a good thing when it reinforces good.
One good thing is eating habits. It is important to develop a good eating habit – a habit that prioritises a balanced diet. A balanced diet refers to meals that have all the classes of foods present.
Protein is an important nutrient in food. It is a macronutrient. It is one of the three nutrients found in food that the body needs in large amounts; the other two are fats and carbohydrates.
Protein is the major building block of the human body. It builds and maintains body tissues and muscle.
Invariably, protein-rich foods are foods we should eat and ask for more. In case you need to ask, why more protein? Well, protein is packed with so much goodness the body naturally loves it.
Here are some other benefits of eating more protein:
#1: Keeps you fuller
Studies reveal that of the three macronutrients, protein, fats, and carbohydrates, protein is the most filling of them all. This is because protein boosts the level of Peptide YY (a hormone made in the small intestine which helps reduce appetite and limit food intake). The presence of protein in your diet makes you feel full with less food (talk about less for more). This is a win; don’t you think so?
#2: Minimizes late-night snacking and cravings
Late-night snacking and cravings have been a struggle for those trying to maintain a healthy weight. It is also an issue for people who want to switch to a healthy diet. When cravings and late-night snacking are tricky to control, protein can help.
To back up this claim, a study that was carried out on overweight men showed that increasing protein to 25 per cent of calories had a significant effect. It decreased their cravings by 60 per cent and cut down their desire for late-night snacking by half. Similarly, a group of adolescent girls who had breakfast high in protein were able to fight cravings and the urge for late-night snacking.
#3: Helps in Weight loss
A high protein diet not only helps in reducing cravings but also plays a major role in weight loss. An increase in protein intake helps burn calories. Remember, it’s not only about losing weight, but you also need to maintain it and for this, protein should be your best friend.
#4: Helps body repair itself after injury
Since protein forms the main building blocks of tissues and organs, it makes perfect sense for it to repair the body after an injury. Various studies have demonstrated that consuming more protein after an injury can help speed up the healing process.
With protein, you stay full with less food, fight midnight snack cravings and heal from injuries quickly. Now that you know that protein is such an awesome macronutrient to have on your menu, you can be like Oliver Twist and “ask for more” …more protein!
Eneh Veronica Ejembi is a digital content professional and public relations executive.