If you want to be like the cool kids in the gym, use this trendy fitness-y word: #macronutrients.

Say what? Macronutrients are nutrients that provide calories or energy. Nutrients are substances needed for growth, metabolism, and for other body functions. Since “macro” means large, macronutrients are nutrients needed in large amounts.

Protein is considered the number one macronutrient for fat loss.

Protein keeps you feeling fuller longer. It facilitates the building and repair of muscle tissue, which helps burn more calories. However, as with ANY food you can have too much of a good thing.

How Much Protein?

The human body has a limit to the amount of protein it can actually utilize daily. Most people can shoot for around 20-30 grams of protein per meal. For a rough measurement 1-2 palms of protein dense foods will you give you 20-30 grams.

Some foods are better protein sources than others. However, some higher-protein food sources may have higher carbohydrate and fat content.

Learn to make good choices by using the list below.

Good Sources of Protein

Beef (lean cuts)
Pork (lean)
Bison
Fish
Chicken Breast (skinless)
Turkey
Eggs
Protein powder
Cottage cheese
Milk
Greek yogurt

Vegetarian and Vegan friendly sources of protein

Beans
Tofu
Lentils
Quinoa
Chia
Buckwheat
Hummus
Nuts
Nut butter
Seeds
Peas
Soybeans
Amaranth
Edamame
Spinach
Broccoli
Asparagus
Green Beans
Whole grain sprouted bread

Protein sources to limit

Lunch meats
Ham
Bacon
Pork chops
Cheese
Hot dogs
Sausage
Processed meats

The Simple Rule

If in doubt choose protein from foods that are lean, unprocessed or minimally processed as possible.