Signs of lack of protein:
- Restless sleep
- Loss of muscle tissue
- Lack of clear cognitive thought process
- Fatigue and that feeling of “laziness”
- Brittle nails, dry hair and skin
Recommended protein intake:
Moderate Exercise (1-2 hours per day)- Female 1.21g- Male 1.65g/kg of body weight
Heavy or Long-Distance Training (more than 2 hours per day) Female 1.75g- Male 1.98g/kg of body weight.
How to consume the right amount of protein per meal
Regular diet: Include some fresh fish (salmon, tuna), seafood, lean meat (chicken, grass-fed beef), nuts and seeds. For vegetarian diets include beans, lentils, tempeh, tofu, nuts, seeds.
Every meal: Try to add some protein in every meal, including breakfast. You can add some plant-based or whey protein in your breakfast smoothie, oats, yogurt. Have some eggs with veggies. For lunch or dinner, eat some beans, fish or meat. For mid-day snacks enjoy a handful of nuts and fruits or nut butter and fruits, Greek yoghurt and fruits. Adding some healthy fats in your meal (avocado, olive oil, nuts or seeds) helps the body absorb and process nutrients, especially protein. That’s why focusing on a balanced meal that includes lots of vegetables, protein, some healthy grains and a bit of healthy fat will help refuel your body with all the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. The golden rule for a healthy diet is to make sure you have a 3-hour window between eating if you include some snacks. To give your body a break from eating, helps to set the key hormones, Ghrelin and Leptin. Also avoid processed foods and sugar, this affects the HGH and testosterone production, which helps regulate hormones, recovery and protein synthesis. You increase your risk of muscle loss by consuming higher levels of sugary foods. Muscle loss and hormone imbalance will affect a runner’s and athlete’s performance, and risk of injury.