5 Signs You Should Be Eating More
The recommended amount of protein that you need is a broad range, rather than one hard number, so it can be tricky to identify what’s considered “not enough”.
If somebody is eating a 2,000-calorie diet, it could be 50 grams to 150 grams of protein per day. This is because things like your activity level and your weight influence where your ideal intake falls.
Not sure if you’re getting enough quality protein? Don’t worry about crunching the numbers. Instead, look for these signs that your body is begging for protein.
You Crave Sweets
One of the first signs you’re low on protein is you start craving sweets and feel like you could always eat a little more.
You would think that if you were needing protein, your body would crave a hunk of meat or a plate of eggs, right? But let’s look at one of protein’s most critical functions- keeping your blood sugar balanced. Which means if you don’t have adequate amounts of protein, your glucose levels will be up and down, which triggers grabbing a quick fix like candy.
In the morning (when it’s vital to start the day with protein) if you sit down at the table with only a bowl of cereal, yes, you’ll get a burst of energy, but it won’t last.
That glucose level yo-yo is where the cravings come in.
Your Brain Feels Foggy
And speaking of balanced blood sugar, it is essential for staying focused. You may feel a little foggy when you’re protein-deprived and your glucose levels are fluctuating constantly. Like your mind isn’t working on all cylinders.
Why? Because you don’t have a steady stream of carbs to provide your brain with the fuel it needs. When you eat protein at meals it helps time-release the carbs for steady energy rather than up and down spikes.
you’ll only experience short bursts of mental energy if you’re relying only on “fleeting foods,” such as crackers or bread. Then it’s back to the brain fog.
Your Hair is Falling Out
“If you have strong hair follicles they keep your hair intact, on your head, where they belong, even though you tug on it all day and the wind blows it. But you need Protein, the building block of all of your cells—your hair follicles included.
if you keep skimping on this important nutrient, you may notice that your strands start thinning. ( although, this could also be a sign of other conditions, like a thyroid problem)
You Feel Weak
if you don’t get enough protein, your muscles may start to shrink over time since as we know, protein is essential for building muscle.
As a result, your body may feel weak and unable to do the exercises that were once no problem.
You Get Sick Constantly
If you seem to catch colds or infections more often than everyone else—and you’re otherwise in good health—a protein deficiency may be to blame.
Your biceps aren’t the only thing that protein reinforces. Protein is needed to build all the compounds in our immune systems.
And part of our immune system is our skin. It’s is a huge immune organ because it protects us from the environment. So another sign is that you constantly get hangnails. If your skin isn’t strong due to a shortage of protein, you may start to notice cracks and tears (like hang nails), potentially exposing you to pathogens and leading to infections.