Have you been struggling with your weight for the longest time now? Have you always found it difficult to focus on eating healthier alternatives when the temptation to eat delicious food is always there? You are not alone.
Thousands of people all over the world have a constant, seemingly endless battle with the bulge. The handful of people who have experienced great success in the weight loss department will attest to the fact that losing weight is not at all easy but it is definitely not impossible either.
What is the secret to losing weight, dieting, exercising and not losing your mind in the process?
Many health and fitness experts say that it is all a matter of choosing the right foods to eat and maintaining a regular exercise regimen that fits your lifestyle.
If your goal is to lose weight, build body mass, and maintain a great fitness level, nutritionists and experts recommend a diet that is rich in protein.
Why is protein important for weight loss, bodybuilding and fitness?
To lose weight you have to exercise. When you exercise you have to remember that you are tearing muscle fibers. To ensure that you do not do further damage to your body, it is important for you to increase your intake of protein rich food.
Protein is responsible for repairing damaged muscles and tissues in your body. It makes your muscles stronger so that the next time you exercise, less damage is inflicted on them. Protein is the element that provides amino acids to rebuild muscles.
For serious bodybuilders, the recommended daily consumption of protein is at least 100g.
What are examples of protein rich foods?
1.) Red meat — go for leaner alternatives like low fat beef, pork, lamb.
2.) Chicken — select steamed chicken recipes and avoid fried ones.
3.) Fish — Fish like tuna, salmon and mackerel are a wonderful source of protein and are also high in omega 3 and vitamin D.
4.) Skimmed milk.
5.) Low fat yogurt.
What are other sources of protein?
Many bodybuilders rely on protein supplements to help hasten muscle rebuilding in their bodies. These protein supplements can come in the form of tablets or in powder form that bodybuilders drink as protein shakes. Protein shakes usually come with a mixer flask. You simply have to mix the powder with water, shake vigorously until there are no more lumps then drink up.
Over the years, nutritionists and other creative fitness enthusiasts have found a more unique and delicious way to enjoy one’s daily dose of protein intake. From the everyday, ordinary protein shake, you can now turn it into a delectable treat in the form of ice cream.
What is protein ice cream?
Yes, you read that right. Nobody ever said that dieting and focusing on your bodybuilding efforts should be bland and boring. This is a fun, exciting and interesting way to enjoy your protein shake.
Most importantly, it is extremely easy to make. You don’t need a fancy ice cream maker or any other hard-to-find ingredient. This is the best solution for bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts like you who need to watch what they are eating.
If you think you cannot curb your craving for sweets but you know deep down that eating a pint of ice cream can do you more damage than good, then get your tub of protein powder along with a few other ingredients to make your own healthy version of that sinful ice cream.
Here’s an easy protein ice cream recipe:
1 500g tub of 2% Greek Yogurt
½ cup Whey Protein Powder (in your favorite flavor)
1.) Get a big bowl and mix these two ingredients together. You can use an electric mixer if you want but if you don’t have that, then you can just use a whisk.
2.) Once these ingredients are mixed together well and they have achieved a nice, creamy consistency, spread the mixture all over the bowl and make sure to maximize the surface area.
3.) Cover the bowl with plastic wrap then place it in the freezer. Let it sit in your freezer for one hour.
4.) After one hour, take the bowl from the freezer and mix it again.
5.) Place it back in the freezer for another 30 minutes.
6.) Take the bowl out of the freezer, take one delicious scoop out, transfer to a smaller bowl, add some strawberries on top, and enjoy your delicious, healthy and guiltless treat.