My step-father was a body builder…
Well, he was not a professional body builder, but he did lift weights regularly, and he had big muscles.
So he was a body builder.
An entire corner of our kitchen counter was dedicated to protein powder and creatine.
I do not lift weights regularly. I do not have big muscles. I do not consume nearly as much protein as my step-father did.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, a person should consume 0.36 grams per pound of body weight. I weigh 135 pounds. My recommended daily allowance of protein is 48 grams, which is spot on considering an adult woman should consume about 46 grams of protein a day.
I probably do not eat as much protein as I should, and I should eat more protein if I want to lose weight.
According to Livestrong, the University of Illinois designed a weight-loss program in which one group ate the RDA protein and another group ate two times the RDA recommended amount. The group who ate more protein lost more weight over the course of the program.
Another study feature in the Livestrong article said people who ate more protein showed better health, in general.
Protein provides the body with more energy, helps the body burn calories better and longer and builds muscles.
However, I am concerned that if I consume too much protein and do not use it to the best of my ability, it will turn in to fat!
As I said, I do not lift weights regularly, and I do not think my body weight lifting done in yoga is considered heavy lifting.
At least I hope not…
How much protein do you eat?
What do you think? Should I eat my RDA of protein or should I bulk up the intake and attempt to lose weight?