How-to: harness the power of protein
If you’ve ever wished you could steal the bodies of your fave sexy celebs, powering up on protein could be the answer. From Victoria’s Secret models to celeb A-listers – all the slim and super-toned stars are raving about the benefits of eating a high-protein diet. Here’s what all the hype is about…
The high-protein diet
The idea behind a high-protein diet is that it increases weight loss and toning – and there’s a lot of substance to this theory. Protein encourages muscle growth and strength and strong muscles have been strongly linked with an increased metabolic rate – which means your body burns energy faster.
While there are lots of expensive fad diets touting the benefits of protein, you don’t need to spend your hard-earned bucks to get on the bandwagon. It’s easy to boost your intake of protein yourself, you just need to know what foods to look for when your grocery shopping. Top protein foods include red meat, chicken, eggs, dairy products and legumes. If you struggle to eat all these foods you can also try protein supplements, available from most chemists and health stores.
How much protein?
If you want to harness the muscle-boosting powers of protein and increase your metabolism, you should aim to get your recommended amount of protein per day. The recommended amount of protein varies per person, depending on factors such as age and weight – but a simple method of working it out yourself is just to multiply your weight in kilograms by 0.8. So if you weigh 70kgs, you need to do the following sum: 70 x 0.8 – which would give you a total daily protein requirement of 56 grams.