Advice From The Experts At Fenton Fitness
Tara Parker-Pope wrote a great article in the October 17, 2016 edition of The New York Times entitled “The 8 Health Habits Experts Say You Need in Your 20s.” While I agree with some of these recommendations, we at Fenton Fitness and Fenton Physical Therapy have some suggestions of our own.
#10–Establish A Veggie And Protein Habit
One of the biggest deficits I see in many food logs is the lack of protein consumed. We have been conditioned to snack on high carb/highly processed food, so eating more protein can be a difficult shift. When I do see protein, it’s in the higher fat varieties of sausage, bacon, burgers, etc. It would benefit younger individuals to start adding healthy doses of protein to their diets as soon as they are responsible for their own food preparation. Shoot to have some form of lean protein as the base of your meal along with a couple of servings of vegetables. Once you have that base (taking up ½ to ⅔ of your plate), then you can add in whole grains, starchy carbs, fruits, dairy, healthy fats, etc. Protein increases your metabolic rate more than any other nutrient, aids in recovery, helps build and maintain muscle mass, and much more. We recommend 25-35% of total calories to come from protein, or 0.8-1gram/pound of body weight. Most individuals should shoot for 4-8 servings of vegetables per day as well.
-Jeff Tirrell, CSCS, Pn1
To read the article, click on the link below: