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Lots of people seem to think that to lose weight they need to follow some silly fad diet. Truth is, fad diets just don’t work. You may lose some weight, but more often than not, gain back twice as much. The best way to take off the pounds – and keep them off – is to get about a half hour of exercise a day, and eat a sensible diet. This means getting enough protein in your diet. If you’re not sure how to do this, here’s some easy tips how to get more of the protein you need in the meals you already eat.
Fish is perhaps the best natural source of protein there is. Simply reach for that can of tuna, salmon, or sardines and add them to your favorite pasta dish for an extra protein boost.
If you’re not lactose intolerant, then adding more dairy is a great way to boost your protein intake. Just make sure you’re getting the low-fat milk and cheeses, otherwise you’ll ruin your weight loss goals.
Nuts And Seeds
Nuts and seeds are the perfect protein addition to any salad you’ll make for yourself. The best part about them though, is that they make an easy to grab-and-go snack. Make sure to keep plenty of these in your pantry.
The most important meal of the day is breakfast, by far. You need to eat right from the start to get a good start to your day. Protein gives you the energy you need, and cereal made with whole grains and nuts has plenty of protein to get you going.
The ultimate dose of protein comes in the form of a shake. The milk, bananas, protein powder, and nut-butter mixture is all the protein you need in a day. Lactose intolerant, swap the milk for some almond or coconut milk.
Chicken and turkey is packed with protein. Try to make these meats the star of your meals, rather than scrambling to try and find a bunch of protein filled side dishes instead.
Soy And Tofu
Are you a vegetarian or vegan? If so, getting enough protein in your diet can be tough. That is until you add soy and tofu – both vegan friendly natural sources of protein.
How does that song go again, “Beans, beans, good for your heart, the more you eat the more you … “ get protein in your diet? Yes, it’s true. Beans are the perfect protein supplement.
Did you used to eat beef jerky as a snack when you were a kid? What you thought was bad for you then, is actually full of protein and very good for you. Again, meat is loaded with the protein you need.
Ever wonder why Popeye would eat spinach to get strong? It’s the protein of course, which is a nice surprise to those vegans and vegetarians amongst you. Just switch the lettuce in your salads to spinach from now on. It tastes just as good, but is so much better for you.