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Protein diet for great looks and great health

Protein Diet - Protein is not just an essential nutrient, but the largest component in the body after water, typically representing about 15% of body weight. Most of this protein mass is found in skeletal muscle, which explains the importance of protein to athletes. However, proteins also play an important role in the following:

Transport and storage of other nutrients;
Catalyzing biochemical reactions;
Control of growth and differentiation;
Immune protection;
Providing our bodies with structural integrity

Muscles are mostly water and protein so if you think about how people tend to diet they will cut out things like carbohydrates and other sources of protein so the body is not getting as much protein and carbohydrates as it needs to burn for energy so it will tend to burn protein and fat in equal parts to get energy. This is great for losing weight and good for losing fat but it is really bad to lose muscle. One of the ways to stop your body from burning muscle for energy is to do a fair amount of exercise, especially weight training to increase your muscle mass on a consistent basis.

Foods rich in protein are:

Steak, chicken, fish, lentils, beans, corn, peanuts, a can of Tuna has 20-25 grams of protein and if you look around you can probably get about 80 grams of protein a day comfortably. Some body builders will eat 250-500 grams of protein a day but realistically if you have protein in a couple or three of your meals you are doing pretty well. One of the things to think about is that water is needed for your body to break down protein so if you are increasing your protein intake drink more water to help take the load off of your kidneys.

Proteins for beautiful skin and hair

Proteins are necessary for tissue repair and for the construction of new tissue. Every cell needs protein to maintain its life. Protein is also the primary substance used to "replace" worn-out or dead cells:

Most white blood cells are replaced every ten days.

The cells in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract and blood platelets are replaced every four days.

Skin cells are replaced every 24 days

More than 98 percent of the molecules in the body are completely replaced each year!

Your muscles, hair nails, skin, and eyes are made of protein. So are the cells that make up the liver, kidneys, heart, lungs, nerves, brain, and your sex glands. The body's most active protein users are the hormones secreted from the various glands thyroxin from the thyroid, insulin from the pancreas, and a variety of hormones from the pituitary, - as well as the soft tissues, hard-working major organs and muscles. They all require the richest stores of protein.

Daily protein Requirements for Men and Women over 20*

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* The calculations for this age group are based on the usual recommendation of one gram of protein per kilogram (2.2 lbs) of ideal body weight, for sedentary individuals. However, adding 20 grams of protein to the above recommendations as a safety margin will ensure getting enough protein. Pregnant women should add an additional 20 grams, and nursing mothers should add 40 grams of protein to the above recommendation. If you are physically active, exercising every day, figure one gram of protein per pound of lean (your ideal) weight.
Published by IzajAhmed Shaikh.
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