Patti Wolter, SELF magazine
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Protein is a calorie sizzler, an immunity booster and the holy grail of a healthy, strong body. But you need to know how much to eat, and when, to get the benefits: Too much or too little of the stuff can jeopardize your well-being. Learn how this wonder nutrient can help you burn more calories!
Break It Down
Soon after sinking your teeth into a steak or eggs or beans, the protein starts to break into amino acids, which are then distributed throughout your body, reassembled into new proteins and put to work on...
Muscles: Amino acids build and repair muscle. The more lean muscle you have, the higher your metabolic rate-and the more calories you burn.
Blood: Hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells, carries fueling oxygen throughout your body.
Bones: Nearly 30 percent of bone weight is collagen, another protein.
Hair and nails: Both are made of keratin, a protein that's constantly replenished (aka growing) as new amino acids arrive. Salon addiction: