Protein = 4 calories/gram
Protein is made up of amino acids. There are 22 amino acids that are broken down into two categories: non-essential, meaning the body can make them, and essential, meaning that the body cannot make them and we must acquire them through our food.
Protein makes up about 20% of your body weight and is a primary component of our muscles, hair, nails, skin, eyes and internal organs – especially the heart and brain. Our immune system requires protein for the formation of antibodies that help fight infections. Proteins also manufacture hormones, antibodies and enzymes and preserve the proper acid-alkali pH balance in the body.
Lean proteins should be consumed with every meal!
How Does Protein Help You to Lose Weight?
Thermogenic Effect of Food
“Thermo” means heat and “genic” means creating; therefore, “thermo genic” means “heat-creating.” When you create heat after eating food you will ultimately burn more calories and have fewer available calories to be stored as fat
Protein is a highly thermo genic food. Proteins are big and contain lots of molecules that need to be broken down into single amino acids before they can be absorbed and used as fuel. When you have a lean protein source with your meal your body creates heat while breaking it down, which burns calories!