the-power-of-proteinProtein is much more than what can come in a shake after a long workout at the gym. Protein does not only include meat but also eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes and seeds. So how much protein do you need in a day? 

Protein is more than just meat. Holistic Nutritionist Elyse Wagner and Registered Dietitian Amari Thomsen share some ideas on how much is enough and why you need protein in your diet.

Amari's Advice

"Protein is important for muscle building – when you exercise you put tiny tears in your muscle fibers. Eating protein helps to repair those tears and build the muscle even stronger. Aim to get 30% of your calories from protein every day. Another way to calculate the recommended amount of protein is to take your body weight in pounds and divide it in half. The result is the number of grams of protein you should aim for on a daily basis."

Elyse's Advice

"Everyone requires different amounts of protein each day, but having a little bit of protein at each meal helps sustain blood sugar throughout the day, rebuild and repair muscle tissue as well as keep us feeling full."

About the Experts

Amari-expert-photo-FINALAmari Thomsen is a registered dietitian, blogger, and owner of Eat Chic Chicago. She graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Later, she completed her nutrition education at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a master’s degree in nutrition science. After starting her blog back in 2009, Amari has since expanded her career by developing her own nutrition private practice, Eat Chic Chicago. With previous experience as a nutrition coach for Lifetime Fitness and as a Healthy Eating Specialist for Whole Foods Market, Amari is focused on integrating modern and traditional techniques to promote real food nutrition. Find Amari at Eat Chic Chicago.



Elyse-expert-photo-FINALElyse Wagner is a holistic nutritionist and health psychology expert who helps women of all sizes stop food guilt, body shame, and emotional eating. She helps create peace with their body and build a better relationship with food as they finally give themselves permission to feel fabulous! After being taunted as "Obese Elyse", she has now found peace within her body and helps others do the same through her virtual private one-on-one group coaching programs. Join the conversation and get Elyse’s bites of wisdom through her award winning ETV! episodes and delicious whole foods recipes at My Kitchen Shrink.