Reasons why you need to eat more protein. And Soy Just Won’t Cut It
(GASP) Soy blunts testosterone production in men.
Protein is an essential macronutrient. You can’t make it.
We can pull it from our structural tissue, our muscles our tendons our organs
if we are in dire need of amino acids but that’s not a healthy long term strategy.
We need to consume it to stay fit and healthy. And we need to eat the right amount at the right time.
Signs and situations you need to eat more protein
• You’re not as young as you used to be. As you get older the body is not as efficient at processing protein. For all oldsters, eat more protein not less. Some people believe that the elderly have to accept decay and decrepitude. But with exercise and weight training and a higher protein intake, they can get stronger.
• You’re always hungry. Protein rich foods are the most satiating. A low carb – and high protein diet gives the greatest inadvertent reduction of calories.
By eating a high protein diet you will see that the desire for food will diminish. You simply don’t want it. A perfect antidote for hunger is adding some more protein such as eggs, steak salmon – you’ll be fuller.
So, if your stomach resembles a bottomless pit, try increasing your protein intake.
• Cutting calories results in loss of lean muscle mass. You’ll end up skinny but flabby. Combat the reduction of muscle mass by upping your protein.
• Eating plant proteins exclusively is less efficient than animal protein. Because plant protein is missing essential amino acids. Soy protein is not as effective as an animal protein like whey. Soy blunts testosterone production in men. In both young and elderly. Animal protein and whey protein promotes greater muscle synthesis than soy protein.
• Women who consume animal protein have greater muscle mass than those who consume only vegetable protein.
• Nutrient deviancies can mascaraed as cravings. Such as the craving for junk food. You’re craving fat, salt and sugar. Cravings for junk will subside if you take on a healthier lifestyle and add more protein to your diet.
• Bones in meat also helps repair achy joints. It increases your Omega-3 consumption. Curtails inflammation. Arginine is an amino acid that promotes connective tissue, cartilage and ligament repair. It is in the gelatine found in the bones. Osso Bucco, chicken soup with lots of bones, are fine examples of gelatine rich foods.
• If you’re recovering from surgery or injury, bed rest eats into lean muscle mass. If you don’t use it you lose it. A good example is lack of strength in a limb after being in a cast for six weeks. Unused muscle becomes less responsive. Increasing protein intake will slow down the break down of lean mass and improve muscle mass.
• Chronic stress also has an effect on muscle mass. Stress hormones increase muscle and protein breakdown. Eating more protein mitigates the damage and might even reduce stress itself.
• Mammals have a specific appetite for protein. So, if you crave meat, give in to it. It’s a primal urge. Your body is probably right. Don’t ignore that craving. There’s no mistaking that desire for a charbroiled steak or the wondrous smell of a roast in the oven.
If you’re health conscious buy meat that is free of additives, hormones, antibiotics and steroids. Try bison, wild boar or elk meat. Buying meat from animals that are grass fed, allowed to roam and graze, and fowl that are free range, is not only humane, but the meat not only tastes better too.