PROTEIN AND WEIGHT GAIN / LOSS

Fat is a relatively recent evolutionary innovation. Protein, on the other hand, is the very foundation of life. Everything we do – breathe, digest, move, think – is performed by structures built up from proteins. All protein is made from amino acids. Eight amino acids are considered “essential” because the body cannot synthesize them and must get them from food. It is not necessary to eat each essential amino acid at ever meal, although it is desirable to obtain them each day. Some of the specific benefits of amino acids are as follows:
1 ) Phenylalanine – a natural antidepressant
2) Tryptophan – a natural sedative.
3) Lysine – Combats viruses
4) Threonine – a calming agent
5) Methionine – involved in key metabolic pathways
6) Isoleucine. Leucine, and valine – enhance protein synthesis in the liver and assist in overall liver function.
7) Arginine – 6-9 grams will reduce atherosclerosis and improve blood vessel health.
8) Cysteine – supports the body’s antioxidant system
9) Tyrosine – an essential antidepressant founds in thyroid hormones
10) Histidine – has been used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, allergic diseases, ulcers & anemia.
Recommendations on the protein diet:
1 ) Restrict carbs to no more than 35% of calories
2) Limit healthy fats to 20% of calories
3) Get at least 35% of calories from protein
4) Limit bad fats to 10% of calories
Get at least some of your protein from non-animal sources: vegetable protein, soy protein, egg substitute and white meat chicken, turkey and fish.

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