The 20 amino acids that make up the building blocks of the human body, particularly the muscles.
I remember reading a long time ago that we need to consume approximately 0.8 – 1.8x our body-weight in grams per day depending on our level of exercise. But it has gone way beyond that in many diets to become a substitute for carbohydrate.
The two are not the same.
Our body needs both and whilst you can trim back the consumption of “carbs” for a short period of time, the long-term effect is actually quite detrimental to your health, especially your kidneys.
So when I started on the Bodytrim program I was disappointed, though not terribly surprised, that one of its key elements was a significantly reduced carbohydrate intake and a consequent increase in proteins. But more on this in a later post.
Thankfully I am not a vegetarian as I do love my meat, chicken, fish, and eggs.
Suffice to say that finding a balance is important in everything.
Kim | 81.1