If you’re looking for quick weight loss success, one thing that you must be doing is making sure that you’re taking in enough protein on a day to day basis.
Protein is the most vital nutrient for ongoing results, so without it, you’ll see lean muscle mass loss and a slow metabolic rate.
This said, many people really struggle to get in the protein intake they need to optimize the results they desire.
How can you make it easier? Try any of the following quick tips.
How To Get More Protein (And Get Slimmer!)
1. Add egg whites to your omelet
If you start your day off with an omelet, that’s the perfect opportunity to get more protein into your meal. Simply swap out one of the whole eggs you are eating for four to five egg whites instead.
You should still eat one whole egg for the nutrients it provides, but beyond that, you can get more protein by opting for just egg whites instead.
2. Stir protein powder into oatmeal
Another fast and easy way to get more protein into your day is to stir some protein powder into a bowl of oatmeal.
This will not only make it more well-balanced, but in addition, the protein powder will also add delicious flavor as well, reducing your need to add any extra sugar in the process.
If you really want to boost the nutritional value of this meal, also add in a tablespoon of natural peanut or almond butter, or try some chopped nuts. This will add the healthy fat you’re looking for.
3. Use Greek yogurt as a veggie dip
Greek yogurt can double as a veggie dip if you prepare it properly, not only helping you get more protein in, but also making choosing veggies as a snack more appealing.
Simply stir some dill dip seasoning into a mixture of half Greek yogurt and half sour cream. It’s fast and easy – and will be perfect nutrition on the go.
Snack on this between meals or while you are cooking dinner if you need to get your vegetable intake up.
4. Eat canned tuna as a snack
One quick and easy protein source that you should make more use of is canned tuna. Since it’s basically ready when you are, there’s no reason to not get this into your diet more regularly.
Open up a can, drain, and mix with some salsa and a quarter of a sliced avocado for a well-balanced, low carb snack that will fuel you until your next meal.
You can also mix some canned tuna with low fat mayonnaise and place it in a whole wheat pita as well to help boost your protein intake mid-day.
5. Serve beans rather than rice
Finally, rather than opting for the traditional side of brown rice, consider serving up some beans instead.
Beans provide a very wholesome source of carbohydrates just like brown rice does, but will pack in far more dietary fiber and protein, making them a more balanced food.
Especially if you are someone who doesn’t eat a lot of meat, beans can make for a great stand-in to help you get more of this nutrient into your diet plan. However, because beans are more calorie-dense than some other sides, watch how many you eat in order to ensure you stay on top of your body weight goals.
These fast and easy ways will help you get your protein intake up. If you are currently not meeting your daily requirements, make sure you try a few of these tips so that you’re at the top of your fitness game.
Shannon Clark has a degree in exercise science and is an AFLCA certified personal trainer. She has written on the topics of health, fitness and nutrition for the last nine years. Her insights are regularly published on BodyBuilding, MyFitnessPal and FitRated.com. FitRated is a leading fitness equipment review site offering insights on equipment, workout plans and weight loss strategies.
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