Partners In Learning Blog Team

Partners In Learning Blog Team
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

It's All About More, Week 2

                                                  Protein : Pork meat with vegetables and sauce  Stock Photo

In the “It’s All About More” series, week two visits the importance of protein and its role as a macronutrient that provides energy for the body, is essential for tissue repair, and for enzyme and hormone production. It is a very necessary part of every diet.   

Protein is also a vital nutrient for muscle growth but (Surprise!) it is also a key to weight loss.  Researchers and study groups have found that people who include protein in every meal and snack dropped more weight than those that skipped this important nutrient.

“When you eat 10-15 grams of protein, you stimulate a burst of protein synthesis that helps build muscles”.  As you build muscle, your metabolism increases and in turn burns fat.  The formula is to eat between .54 and 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight per day.  Portion size and calorie content is important so be sure look for foods with a higher protein number from 6g to 10g or more.
Because so many children and adults have some food allergies, the following list has a variety of protein rich foods:

Milk, soy milk, eggs, cheese, yogurt, peanut butter, lean meats, fish, poultry, beans, tofu, lentils, other legumes, grains including bread and pasta, nuts and seeds.

For more information, click on the following link:
For more detailed information, read the book "The Women's Health Diet" by Stephen Perrine with Leah Flickinger.

Colleen Carman, Finance/HR Director

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