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Do You Make These Common Protein Mistakes?


It’s easy to make mistakes while you’re trying to diet or eat healthier. One area of concern is getting the right amount of protein. Too little, too much, or relying on processed protein sources can undermine your efforts for a healthier body.

Avoid these common protein errors in your diet:


1. Not eating enough protein. This is one of the most common mistakes that you can make with your diet.

  • Nutrition experts recommend having protein at every meal and using it as a snack throughout the day. Even if you’re on a diet, it’s important to avoid skipping your protein or trying to squeeze all of your protein for the whole day into one meal.

  • The popularity of processed and packaged foods has made it easier to avoid protein. However, you need protein to survive because the human body depends on it. Protein can come from a variety of sources including meat, beans, eggs, soy, nuts, seeds, and other foods.

  • Protein helps control your blood sugar levels. This is why it’s important to eat protein at each meal. It also affects your energy levels and weight. Experts recommend 20 to 30 grams of protein for each meal during the day. You can also have snacks with protein to get closer to this amount.

2. Eating the same protein sources everyday. It’s easy to fall in to a pattern of eating one food, such as eggs, to get enough protein each day. However, eggs can get boring. Also, your body needs a variety of protein sources to get more vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Consider eating a variety of these protein foods:

  • Soy

  • Peas

  • Beef

  • Clams

  • Sunflower Seeds

  • Anchovies

  • Beans

  • Almonds

  • Walnuts

  • Salmon

  • Y ogurt

  • Lentils

  • Chickpeas

3. Using protein bars and shakes. Although they’re a convenient way to get protein, medical professionals recommend that you limit how many protein bars and shakes you use. One a day of either a shake or a bar is plenty, the rest of your protein needs should come from high quality foods.