Welcome 2017 – a time for new beginnings and new resolutions. Although, as roughly only 8% of people actually achieve their resolutions, perhaps it would be wiser and kinder to simply say we plan to be healthier and fitter in 2017. With that gentler approach in mind, let’s consider the role Halaal certified meat and other protein play in achieving those goals.
As we know, protein is a macronutrient that our bodies cannot function without. There are 20 amino acids that make up protein, and while our bodies produce 11 of those, the remaining 9 can be found in the wide variety of Halaal certified meat and Halaal fish products on offer from N1, as well as in eggs and dairy. While the amino acids can also be found in plant-based foods, they don’t contain all 9 in the same way the aforementioned protein sources do, which is why meat, eggs and dairy are often referred to as complete proteins. Protein is essential to a healthy body, it helps repair damage, keeps the immune system strong, and at a cellular level it supports the body in endless forms of functionality.
The correlation between protein and fitness is quite simple – when you exercise you actually tear your muscle fibres apart, and your body needs protein to repair them. That’s the reason why you so often see athletes munching on a protein bar immediately post their workout. But what if you’re not a budding body builder, what if you simply want to improve your fitness levels for general wellbeing, how much protein does that take? Well according to Men’s Fitness, it’s not as much as you think – if you’re the average male you’ll need 0.36 grams of protein per pound of body weight per day; but if you opt for endurance or strength training, you’ll need to up that quota to between 0.5 and 0.8 grams. If you’re training, the experts also advise against cutting carbs, because for muscle growth to occur, your body needs the fuel provided by carbohydrates – if that fuel isn’t there, your body will turn to protein instead, thereby curbing your muscle growth.
Whatever your resolutions may be, and whatever level of fitness you might be aiming for, the true resolution which should underpin all else is a positive mindset, or as Ralph Waldo Emerson so wisely said ‘Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year’ – and may that year be a healthy one!