If you’re new to fitness you might wonder why women need protein. But it doesn’t matter what stage of life you’re in or what your goals are, you need protein! It provides a ton of amazing benefits for the everyday woman as well as gym rats and athletes.
Today I want to focus on these five perks that every woman can benefit from!
1. Maintain Lean Muscle Mass
Obviously one of the first and foremost benefits of protein is that it helps you maintain your lean muscle. Don’t freak out though. Lean muscle mass is just a term for all of your muscle. You won’t get big and ripped like a man, I promise. You just don’t have the hormones to build that kind of muscle.
But, lean muscle will help you look slim, toned, and fit. Without protein you won’t be able to build, let alone support, your lean muscle mass. There’s a saying that abs are made in the kitchen, and it’s true. Results are about 80 percent nutrition. If you want to achieve a lean look, you’re going to need to eat a lot of protein.
But it’s not just about looks. Lean muscle is precious and important for your overall health for a few different reasons. One is that lean muscle burns more energy than fat even while you’re at rest. Who can say no to a higher metabolism?!
It also means increased strength to do the things that you love to do! Whether that’s playing with your kids, rocking your Zumba class, or going on a hike: having muscle makes these things easier. And you’ll need that muscle to stay strong and healthy as you get older.
After menopause it’s hard for a lot of women to maintain muscle tissue and tone. Losing muscle often means losing mobility, becoming more inactive, living a less fulfilling life and even injury. If you’re not at that stage in your life yet, it’s still important to understand the health issues that you might face in the future. Developing lifelong habits now will go a long way.
2. Healthy Hair, Skin, and Nails
Lifeless hair, dull skin, and brittle nails are a bummer especially when you’re working so hard on sculpting the body of your dreams. If you want to get shampoo-commercial worthy hair, skin that will put your dermatologist out of business, and nails that make acrylics seems weak, then look no further than protein.
Protein is essential for healthy hair, skin, and nails because they’re MADE from protein. More specifically, they’re all made from a structural protein called keratin. Because keratin is made of protein you need to give your body the right building blocks in order to keep making it.
You’ll find plenty of keratin supplements and treatments for your hair, skin, and nails but spending money on those things seems silly when all you have to do is eat more protein to get the same effect. In fact you’ll have a better chance of the keratin making a difference when it’s built into your hair, skin, and nails through natural structures instead of trying to infuse it after the fact.
3. It’s Yummy
I think there’s a stereotype out there that meat is for men and salads are for women. Like just because you’re a woman you can’t enjoy a big steak or a juicy burger or a perfectly grilled piece of chicken, (ok, now I’m hungry!). But that’s just silly.
Most protein rich foods are savory and not only does that make them delicious it also makes them really satisfying. When something tastes savory it is often rich with umami flavor. Umami is described as the “fifth taste” along with salty, sweet, sour, and bitter.
One study found that umami helped diners eat less and feel fuller and more satisfied. Flavor is a powerful thing and the rich taste of high protein foods has some serious benefits besides just being yummy.
But if savory flavor isn’t your thing, no worries. With delicious, sweet tooth satisfying protein supplements, like IdealLean Protein, you can still enjoy super tasty treats and get your protein too. I enjoy making my protein powder into treats and bedtime desserts. It’s a way for me to have my cake and eat it too!