What Are The Best Proteins?

FACT: Your body burns more calories maintaining muscle than maintaining fat.

FACT: The more muscle you build, the more calories your body will naturally burn.

FACT: Building muscle increases your metabolism.

FACT: Building muscle definitely has the potential to help you lose fat.

Before a car can use its gasoline as fuel, the gas must go through its fuel system to provide energy for the engine. If the car's fuel system is not correctly breaking down the gasoline and getting it ready to be utilized by the engine, the engine cannot use it, and the car won't run.

Your body's digestive system works to prepare your fuel (the food you eat) to be utilized as energy.

Your digestive system prepares fuel by metabolizing it, or breaking it down into its simplest forms. It converts proteins to amino acids, carbohydrates to sugar, and fats to fatty acids. This breakdown of the three key nutrients is what allows your fuel to be used for energy and your digestive system to absorb vitamins, minerals, and water. Whatever it does not want or need will be eliminated by your body.

Whenever I first start working with a client, I find that they never think about the type of protein they are eating. They think that all protein is created equal .... but this is not the case! The type of protein you eat is a deciding factor in stabilizing your blood sugar. Because incomplete protein is lacking one or more of the essential amino acids, it is inferior to complete protein.

Protein, fat, and carbohydrates are the fuel (energy represented by calories) found in your food. The first step in getting your body to run like a Ferrari is to understand your fuel.

Protein - Your Muscle Fuel

Protein is the main factor in the growth, repair, and maintenance of your body's tissue. It is composed of chains of amino acids that contain both essential (your body cannot make them) and nonessential (your body can make them) amino acids. Because of the difference between essential and nonessential amino acids, there are two types of protein: complete and incomplete.

Complete protein has all the essential amino acids and can be used immediately by your body. Complete protein comes from animal sources like beef, chicken, fish, and turkey, or from animal by-products like milk, cheese, and eggs. These are the main vegetarian sources of complete protein: soy (a bean), quinoa (a seed), and hemp (a seed).

Incomplete protein lacks one or more of the essential amino acids. Incomplete protein can be found in fruits, vegetables (besides soy), nuts, and grains (besides quinoa). Incomplete protein must combine with another source of protein to become complete, such as when rice and beans are combined.

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