Protein is an essential nutrient required for the healthy functioning of the body. The amino acids from the protein in your food contribute to making the protein found in all your muscles, critical organs, enzymes, hormones , skin, nails, hair, and other body parts.
Protein deficiency leads to muscle loss and fat storage. Eating adequate protein in the diet helps in increasing muscle mass and aids in weight loss. Research suggests that consuming foods high in protein reduces body weight and enhances body composition by decreasing fat mass1.
As per the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) given by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for Indians, 0.8 to 1 gram protein per kg body weight per day is sufficient to meet the basic nutritional requirements. For example, if you weigh 65 kgs, you need to consume 52 to 65 grams of protein to maintain your ideal body weight. Knowing how much protein you need to eat and tracking your protein intake is not a problem anymore. Once you create your profile on the Hint app, you will get a personalised goal for protein intake, and you can track it in a few seconds every day. Use the Hint app to ensure that you are eating enough protein and regularly meet your daily goal.
High protein food sources are something we have learned since high school. If high school biology was not your forte, here you go again. Foods such as beans, legumes, soy products, chicken, fish, eggs, milk, and milk products, and lean meat are excellent protein sources. Is the list too generic and not so practical? Don’t worry. Now we have a feature for that. Go to the recipes section on the Hint app , and you will find hundreds of delicious Indian recipes rich in protein. Try to incorporate protein-rich foods in your meals in the form of dals, sambar, eggs, soy products, milk, curd to keep the weighing scale moving.
- Moon, Jaecheol, and Gwanpyo Koh. “Clinical Evidence and Mechanisms of High-Protein Diet-Induced Weight Loss.” Journal of obesity & metabolic syndrome vol. 29,3 (2020): 166-173.