Not sure if you’re eating enough protein? Here are signs you may not be getting enough protein into your diet. It’s important to eat a balanced diet and be aware of what macronutrients you’re eating. To learn more about macronutrients check out this blog.
Did you know protein keeps you fuller for longer? So if you find yourself hungry even though you’re eating enough meals and snacks, try increasing your protein intake. Having around 20 grams of protein per meal or snack is going to help you stay fuller longer.
-Muscles aren’t growing
Protein is made up of amino acids which helps our muscles grow. If you’re working out regularly and aren’t seeing results, take a look at how much protein you consume and when. It’s best to consume protein directly following a workout.
-Hair, skin and nails
One sign you may not be getting enough protein in your diet, is seen in your hair, skin and nails. Proteins like collagen, keratin and elastin are what give us strong nails, thick hair, and glowing skin.
-Slower healing injuries
Protein is vital for repairing body tissue. One sign you may not be getting enough protein in your diet is if your cuts, scrapes, or injuries take longer to heal.
-Get sick easily
As we mentioned earlier, amino acids are the building blocks of protein and our body uses these amino acids for many functions. One of their uses is to help our immune system make antibodies. If you don’t have enough protein your body can struggle to activate white blood cells to fight off different sicknesses.
-Weakness and fatigue
One sign you may not be getting enough protein in your diet is weakness and fatigue. A deficiency of protein leads to a decrease in muscle mass, strength, slows metabolism and increases fatigue.
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and our brain uses amino acids to function. If you don’t have enough protein in your diet, your brain doesn’t have enough fuel to function properly.
It’s important to get enough protein in your diet. Pay attention to signs showing you may not be getting enough protein in your diet. We recommend tracking your macros for one day and see where you’re at with your regular diet. If you’re drastically under 30% of your diet consisting of protein, then try to increase the amount of protein you eat. For help eating more protein, check out this blog for 6 easy ways to get more protein into your diet.