Meat & Protein
We all want to be aiming for ¼ plate of meat or protein source such as eggs, beans, lentils, chickpeas, nuts, tofu
This tends to be where we go wrong. High protein diets are often marketed like crazy so that everyone will buy the protein shakes, powders and supplements. Truth is, the average person only needs 15-25% of their energy intake from protein.4 Protein is still super important and we do need to make sure we are meeting our needs to keep up strong, healthy and functioning at our best. Ensuring you are having ¼ plate of protein at each meal and enjoying snacks such as dairy, eggs and nuts will provide you with enough to meet your needs of protein and nutrients such as iron and zinc.
Some proteins, especially processed or untrimmed meat, also have a high percentage of saturated fat which does increase the calorie content of these foods. Therefore, having too much can lead to weight gain and high cholesterol. By portioning your meat to a ¼ of a plate and choosing leaner meats over fatty/processed meats more often, you are more likely to be able to maintain weight overtime while still getting the protein your body requires.