5 Reasons You Need More Protein
Many of us have extremely busy days and we don’t plan our meals. When we grab food on the go we usually pick low protein foods. Think of the times you’ve grabbed a quick fix for lunch. The fast foods available are typically very low in protein and high in carbohydrates. They give us calories and silence the hunger but the don’t provide good portions of protein.
But why is protein so important? Why do we need to make sure it’s a part of our daily diet?
1) Protein is the building block of muscle.
Without protein we would all be scrawny weaklings. When protein is digested it is broken down into amino acids. These acids are used as building blocks for the body to build and repair muscle tissue. Even if you don’t work out, you use your muscles all day long. Your body repairs this daily wear and tear with amino acids from the protein you consumed. If you don’t eat enough, there aren’t enough building blocks to complete repairs. This leads to weakness, muscle soreness and potentially muscle wasting.
2) Protein protects against muscle wasting.
We’ve all heard the phrase “use it or lose it,” but did you know not getting enough protein in your diet can reduce your muscle mass even if you work out often? Our body is only as good as the fuel we put in it. Protein is essential for maintaining our muscle mass. As we age, it’s harder to build muscle and easier to lose it. Making sure you have ample protein in your diet will protect your muscle mass and keep you moving into old age.
3) Helps manage body weight.
Protein is very filling and it keeps our hunger away. Our body digests protein slower than carbohydrates. If we make protein a major part of each meal then we will fill up quicker and stay satisfied. This dramatically reduces snacking and potentially consuming empty calories. It’s easy to experiment with and experience the difference.
Try eating a carbohydrate rich breakfast … something like a bowel of cereal and a glass of juice. You will become hungry within an hour or two. Now try having a protein rich breakfast like a meal replacement shake in milk. You’ll notice you can go 3-4 hours until lunch time without being hungry.
4) Stabilizes blood sugar levels.
When we maintain consistent blood sugar levels we maintain consistent energy levels. Consuming protein will not spike your blood sugar level and trigger an insulin response. A typical high carbohydrate meal will give us a boost (blood sugar spike) and then a crash (insulin response). Our body is constantly trying to keep our blood sugar in balance. If we incorporate protein with each meal it helps to stabilize our blood sugar.
5) Promotes healthy brain function.
The amino acids from proteins are critical to the functioning of our brains. Hormones and neurotransmitters are made from proteins. These are essential for critical thinking, memory recall and neural development.
Meet the VIBE That Will Keep You Satisfied
We know your busy schedule hasn’t changed but what can you do to accomplish getting more protein in your diet easily?
VIBE’s complete meal replacement is packed with 20 grams of filling vegetable protein. This complete meal is all you need to power you through until your next meal. You can simply shake it up with water, milk or your favorite milk substitute.
The best part is it tastes delicious all by itself. We aren’t kidding! It will quickly become your favorite meal of the day.