But how many of us take the protein reliance too far? Is there such a thing as too much?
Let's start by saying there are many factors that play a part in working out how much protein you should be consuming each day. Things like sex, age, weight, activity level and metabolism all affect this so we're basing these facts on general research and findings.
Protein can be attributed to almost every cellular function we have. It's responsible for creating hormones and enzymes and ensures everything in our bodies is working effectively. When your diet doesn't contain enough protein, you will find your energy levels drop and hunger increases. This is why it's so important to ensure you're getting enough protein throughout the day.
The general rule is that you should consume one gram of protein per kilogram of body weight per day. For example, if you weigh 60 kilograms, then you would only need 60 grams of protein per day. Most people are eating between two and three grams of protein per kilogram and this is not a bad thing. Protein has so many incredible benefits and eating this much will not have a negative effect on the body. If you were to consume five to six grams of protein per kilogram, then this may start to have negative effects so it's important to balance your nutritional dietary needs accordingly.
The body figures have been based on an average Australian who sits at a desk the majority of the day and exercises a few times a week. However, if you are exercising more regularly and expending more energy, obviously your protein requirements will increase. It's all about making sure you feel good if your energy is high and you are able to function and train at your best when you're more than likely consuming the right amount of protein for your body.
What are your best options?
As always, whole foods are always going to be the best. We suggest lean chicken, turkey, beef, eggs, legumes, lentils, nuts and seeds. Vegans or Vegetarians can opt for Tofu, Soy Foods, Quinoa, Whole Grains and Tempeh. Protein is abundant in so many fresh foods aside from animal proteins so make sure you're mixing up your protein sources for optimal health.