10 signs you are not getting enough protein in your diet

10 signs you are not getting enough protein in your diet

I'm sure you know that protein is required for many functions by our body. However, not everyone is aware of how much protein they actually need or the signs that might indicate they are not getting enough. Inadequate protein intake can lead to a variety of health issues.

Signs of Inadequate Protein Intake:

-        Delayed Injury Recovery: If you find it's taking longer than usual to heal after an injury, it could be a sign of low protein intake.

-        Muscle Loss or Weakness: Protein is essential for muscle maintenance and growth. Without enough, you may experience muscle atrophy.

-        Weakened Immune System: Adequate protein is crucial for a strong immune response. A deficiency might lead to more frequent illnesses.

-        Increased Risk of Bone Fractures: Protein helps maintain strong bones. A lack can lead to decreased bone density and an increased risk of fractures.

-        Brittle Nails, Dull Complexion, Thinning Hair: These can be external signs of protein deficiency, reflecting its role in maintaining healthy skin, hair, and nails.

-        Mood Changes: Insufficient protein can affect your mood, leading to irritability or mood swings.

-        Fatigue and Poor Concentration: A deficiency can result in tiredness and difficulty focusing.

-        Persistent Hunger and Overeating: Protein helps regulate appetite. Without enough, you might find yourself feeling hungry more often and overeating as a result.

-        Weight Gain: This could be a consequence of overeating due to increased hunger.

-        Sugar Cravings: Sometimes, the body craves quick energy sources like sugar when it's not getting enough protein.

The long-term health implications of not consuming enough protein can be serious.


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Ensuring Adequate Protein in Your Diet

To prevent the problems associated with low protein intake, it's essential to include sufficient high-quality protein sources in your diet. This can include meat, fish, dairy products, legumes, etc.

If you're unsure about how much protein you need, or to how to get enough protein or recognise the signs of protein deficiency, you could join my Master Class. With the knowledge and resources, plus my special bonus protein recipe book, it will help you to get sufficient protein.


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Sujata Din is a Certified Health Coach and Certified Professional Cancer Coach. In this regular column for iGlobal, she offers some special insights, from useful wellness tips to recipes for creations that are not only delicious but also healthy.


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