Protein offers great benefits to women. It has been proven that when we have cravings it is either because we are dehydrated or taking in an insufficient amount of protein. Protein will help your body recover after a strenous workout and build lean muscle.
Protein also boosts your metabolism. The faster your metabolism works, the less food your body will be able to store as fat. Remember, that each pound of muscle burns 35-50 calories per day.
I recommend starting your day with a protein shake and a piece of fruit. Have another shake post workout or as a snack. The average 150 pound women that is working out 4-5 days a week should consume 50-80 grams of protein per day. If your workouts are very strenuous, this number jumps to 80-115 grams of protein.
There are some great shakes on the market but more nasty ones. I have found that most clients prefer the chocolate flavor in any protein shake they try. My favorite premade shake is Muscle Milk Light. There are only 100 calories and 15 grams of protein. It is perfect for women who are trying to lose weight and gain lean muscle. These are pricey so they are great for individuals who don't have time to make their own shakes. You can purchase Muscle Milk Light at Wal-Mart, Target and GNC. My favorite protein powder is EAS Protein Powder. It is very inexpensive and can be found at Wal-mart and Target. There are about 140 calories and 27 grams of protein for 2 scoops. I mix mine with water instead of milk to elimanate calories.
Protein has so many benefits to offer women so don't be afraid it is going to make you bulk up. You will notice such a great difference in your body and hunger cravings once you incorporate more protein into your diet so drink up!