Protein helps to tone your body
Paying attention to your diet doesn't mean giving up on all the things you like. In fact quite the opposite is true. If your body is under-nourished, it will tend to draw on itself and you’ll lose muscle mass rather than fat. In turn this will mean you burn fewer calories. The solution is to cut down on the carbs and increase the amount protein you eat. Protein activates the metabolism, helping to maintain muscle which in turn gives you a better shape. That doesn’t mean women who work out intensively will build big muscles however – rather, their bodies become more toned and their contours more athletic.
You can only tackle your stored fat by keeping your carb intake low. Food and drink labels will tell you which products are high in carbs, sugar, fat or calories. Eat less of these and go for products that are higher in protein instead. Why is this so important?, Because protein is the second most important component of our bodies (water is first) and is essential for the muscles that give us our shape, for the immune system and for the health of skin and hair. Protein also keeps your appetite satisfied for longer. Unfortunately, foods rich in protein often also contain a lot of saturated fatty acids and calories. That’s why you should try to consume only high-quality protein with mostly healthy fats, such as fish, chicken, turkey, beef, eggs and nuts (one handful a day). If you want to calculate how much you need, a good starting point is a daily intake of 1.5 g of high-quality protein per kilogram of body weight. High-quality, low-calorie protein shakes are a great, convenient way to get this amount without consuming too much unnecessary fat or calories. They also contain calcium, which is good for strong, healthy bones.