Its easy to get confused about what our bodies need to achieve the health and fitness goals we desire. As well as ensuring we exercise and get enough rest, ensuring we have the right balance in our diet to aid these components is key. If we are making the right choices with our foods we can ensure we get the vast majority of the essential healthy fats, vitamins and minerals we need. However, a lot of confusion centres around the roles of carbohydrates and proteins. Protein in particular plays a key part in what results we see in our bodies.
Carbohydrate counting plays an important role in blood sugar control, but there's another key nutrient you should watch, too: Protein. Small portions of protein do not raise blood sugar levels, and they may help slow down the rate at which carbohydrates are digested. So consider adding a little lean protein to every meal and snack. Not only will it feed your muscles, leading to muscles becoming longer and leaner, but it will also help you feel full longer.
Protein sources include foods like meat (such as beef, pork, chicken, fish and seafood, deli meats, ham, hot dogs, sausage, and turkey) and meat alternatives (such as eggs, egg substitutes, peanut butter, nuts and tofu). Cheeses and cottage cheese are also protein sources, but other dairy products such as milk and yogurt also contain a fair amount of carbohydrates and should be treated as such.
Jon Morgan is a fitness expert and transformation specialist from Eastbourne ( East Sussex, UK ). Having worked with professional athletes and everyday people Jon uses his innovative techniques, education...