The proteins you eat (and the proteins in your body) are all made up of small units, called amino acids.
You often hear amino acids described as “building blocks” because these small individual units are assembled in various ways to build proteins in your body.
There are 20 amino acids that can be strung together to make proteins – the ones you eat, and the ones that are made by your body. The proteins we eat and the ones that are made, all contain different amino acids.
The final structure of the amino acid chain determines specifically what that protein is, and what it does.
Your body needs protein daily! Without consuming the right amount of protein your body would have no choice but to start breaking down protein in the body, to get the most vital amino acids just to function, this leads to muscle breakdown. Bad times!
What is the right amount of protein?
On average your body needs 1g of protein per 1lb of body weight, eg if you weight 150lbs you need to consume 150g daily. Simples.
How do I track my protein intake?
There is nothing wrong with the old fashioned method of pen and paper, by hey let’s get with the times and go for an app. Myfitnesspal is free and has a barcode scanner that makes it easy to zap and track your intake.
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