How to Easily Get More Protein
As you’ve probably heard, the more protein you consume, the more muscle you will gain. This is a fact. It might seem like an easy task to get more protein in your diet; however, it can be very difficult, especially in today’s fast-moving society. Keep reading to learn how to easily get more protein in your diet by making small substitutes for everyday eating.
More muscle is not the only benefit of consuming more protein, however. In a study by researcher Richard Mattes of Purdue University, he suggests that consuming more protein also makes you feel “fuller” sooner and longer than a diet with less protein. By feeling fuller longer, that bag of chips may not seem as appetizing at 3pm when you’d normally search the pantry for something to snack on.
How much protein do you need? In short, try getting at least .8 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight for guys. More specifically, for men, try to get at least 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight. For women, try to get at least .8 grams per pound of bodyweight.
So how can you easily add more protein to your diet?
1. Substitute nuts
Nuts are a great, easy way to add more protein to your diet. In fact, one ounce of peanuts contains 7.5 grams of protein. Don’t like peanuts? Try almonds or pistachios. They both contain around 6 grams of protein per serving.
2. Try beef jerky
Beef jerky is another great substitute to add more protein to your diet. Each serving of beef jerky can contain 15 grams of protein.
3. Greek yogurt
Greek yogurt can contain up to 25 grams of protein for a 1 cup serving. Start your day off right with a cup of yogurt to add more protein to your diet. If the yogurt isn’t enough for you, try adding high protein granola to your yogurt. This will add even more protein and carbohydrates, perfect for a post-workout meal.
4. Low Fat Cheese
Low-fat cheese is another great snack to eat between meals. Cheese can contain up to 9 grams of protein per serving making it a great alternative to that candy bar at the office.
5. Protein Shakes
This one seems obvious, but it really is one of the simplest ways to add more protein in your diet. Try drinking a protein shake between meals to keep your protein levels high throughout the day. Depending on the protein, you can get 25 grams of protein in one serving.
These are just a few ways you can increase your daily dose of protein in your diet. What are your favorite protein substitutes? Let’s know below!