4 Reasons To Up Your Protein Intake!

What if I told you that carbs were off limits for the rest of your life?

You'd probably want to die after all, is life without carbs really worth living?

The reality is, you could in theory survive without carbs.

Protein is a different story though. 

You could have all the carbs and fats in the world but without protein, you would literally die!

Read on to learn about the 4 reasons you should consider upping your protein intake plus, get an idea of how much is enough! 

1. Muscle Health

This is the most well-known benefit of protein consumption.
Protein is "the building block of muscle" so it's responsible for maintaining muscle mass and promoting lean muscle growth.
It even plays a crucial role in helping to repair injuries to the body. 
A lot of people consume protein after lifting weights but forget that it's equally important to get protein to your muscles after a good surf session, hike, or similar activity!
The sooner you get protein to your muscles after you exercise, the faster your muscles will recover so that you can get back after it again!  

2. Kill Cravings!

Protein contributes to that feeling of being full which helps you kill cravings and control your appetite.
Half the battle when avoiding junk foods is monitoring your hunger.
When you eat a high protein diet, you'll feel full while consuming less calories.
Translation? You'll be leaner, look better, and feel better.

3. Metabolism Boost!

There's something called the thermal effect of food that refers to the calories your body burns while digesting food.
When you eat protein, your body burns more calories during digestion than when you eat carbs or fats.
That means you could burn anywhere from 80 to 250 more calories per day eating a high protein diet. 
That's a calorie burn equal to about an hour of exercise!
If you're looking to lose weight, boosting your protein intake is a must! 

4. Bone Health

Misinformation floating around the internet has claimed protein, namely animal protein, is responsible for bad bone health.
However, long term studies actually show the opposite!
Those who eat a high protein diet actually have better bone mass and have a lower risk of bone-related health problems like fractures and osteoporosis.
That means that as you age, a high protein diet becomes even more beneficial!

A Common Myth, Busted...

You may have heard that you should keep your protein intake low so you don't damage your kidneys.

While it's true that people who have existing kidney conditions can benefit from controlling their protein intake, those who have no history of kidney problems are not effected by a high protein diet. 

So How Much Protein Should You Eat?

It depends on your activity level.

Checkout the table below for some good baseline metrics to shoot for.

The table shows the grams of protein per pound of body weight you should eat.

For example, if you're an athlete and weigh 200 lbs, you should eat about 200 grams of protein each day. 

Activity Level Grams/Pound of Body Weight
Sedentary  Minimum .36 g/lb 
Active
.45 - .68 g/lb
Athlete
.69 - 1.25 g/lb

 

Eating the minimum amount of protein specified in the sedentary level will ensure that you're not protein deficient but it's not enough to get all the benefits discussed above.

Even if you wouldn't consider your activity level to be that of an athlete, hitting the lower range of an athlete's protein consumption (.69 g/lb) is what we recommend!

How To Start Consuming More Protein...

A common way to get extra protein is to use protein powder.

Protein powders are easy because you can put a scoop of powder into a bottle, shake it up, and drink it right away!

The problem with most protein powders is lack of variety.  

At HydroSwell, we got sick of the common chalky choco/vanilla protein powders out there.

It's not that they're all bad, but when you're using them daily they get old plus after a workout they're hard to drink because all you want is something refreshing!  

That inspired us to create a brand new type of protein drink we named ProLoco! It's crazy because Instead of a milky choco/vanilla consistency, it's more like a Gatorade but WAY healthier. 

It comes in two refreshing flavors, Pina Colada & Acai Blueberry.

In addition to protein, we added hydrating electrolytes, vitamins B & C, and the option of caffeine so the benefits far outweigh what a standard protein powder offers!

To give it a try, click here!

ProLoco

 A Final Word

We've just scratched the surface with the benefits of protein so here's our suggestion.

Find out how much protein you're actually eating during an average day.

Take a few days to track your protein intake and then compare your numbers with the table here in this article.

If you find that you're eating less than the recommended amount for an athlete, consider upping your protein intake for at least 3 weeks and see how you feel afterwards.

According to science, serious health benefits await!