“Protein is the backbone of your cells, as well as the backbone to your diet,” White says. “Without the intake of dietary protein, cells in your body cannot be synthesized and the overall balance of energy is compromised in your cells, even in your sleep.” Chicken breast is lean and affordable, and with just 4 oz comes roughly 24 grams of protein, delivering about a quarter of your daily protein needs and keeping you satisfied (read: lowering your risk of eating extra calories). “When weight loss or maintenance is the goal, the macronutrients protein, fat, and carbohydrates are needed in balance. Consuming protein regularly and periodically throughout the day, the balance of these macronutrients can be easily met and will reduce cravings due to crashes in carbohydrate overload or lack of satiety,” White adds.
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