In education, the concept of "building blocks" is used both in its physical and in a metaphorical sense. While children are given building blocks to have fun with, most educationist consider the art of teaching to be based on building blocks, where each "block" is essentially the information which needs to be delivered and upon which the block is based.
Almost everything in life is based on this too! Take for example, the way any home is built. Of course, you would need brick and mortar in order to finish a home while also needing a strong foundation.
And the same happens when it comes to the cells in your body as well, which are the building blocks of life as it were. However, when it comes to matters of fitness, there is only one nutrient that is given so much of importance, and that is the protein which is pretty much what almost every part of our body is made of.
Protein And while it is common knowledge that among the six main nutrients (that dietitians commonly moderate in order to provide one with a "balanced diet" unique to their body's needs), protein is given the most importance as it is considered to build muscle and burn fat as opposed to carbohydrates that often get stored as fat if one is not active.
By composition, proteins are basically amino acids that play important and various functions in one's body. And there are some essential amino acids that are important to the functioning of one's body which can be obtained by maintaining a well-balanced diet .
The Importance of Protein in your diet
Since most of these essential amino acids in a variety of combinations are actually nothing but proteins, this is the reason why proteins are called the "building blocks" of the body.
Almost every set of diet tips (over the internet and so on and so forth) will definitely focus on the importance of including protein in your diet regardless of whether it is animal or vegetable protein.
And especially for those who are work out intensively, looking for foods that give you access to "complete proteins" will be crucial to your success of building muscle and burning fat.
Foods High in Protein
But while you are in search of foods that are loaded with complete proteins, you can revamp your diet by selecting some of the foods listed below so that you can provide more "fuel" for your body in order to work out better or that can help you breeze through the day.
This list broken up into the different food groups, and while it lists foods in each group with the highest amount of protein, some of these foods also have fat as well.
1) Meat (4 oz uncooked)
a. Lamb loin: 32.1 g
b. Elk meat: 25.9 g
c. Buffalo steak (top round): 26.3 g
a. Turkey breast (skinless): 33.9 g [another variant is the Turkey ground 99% lean: 28 g]
b. Ostrich steak: 28 g
c. Chicken breast (all variants): 26 g
d. Deer meat: 25 g
a. Cottage Cheese (non-fat): 16.2 g
b. Cottage Cheese (1 % low-fat): 17.5 g
c. 1 cup of Milk (skim): 8 g
a) Wild Alaskan Salmon: 28.8 g
b) Yellow Fin Tuna (steak): 26.5 g
c) Shrimp: 23 g
a) Lentils: 9 g
b) Adzuki Beans (1/2 cup): 8.7 g
c) Canned Lima beans: 7 g
d) Canned Black beans: 7 g
a) Dried Goji berries: 4 g
b) Cantaloupe: 2.3 g
c) Pitted Cherries: 2 g
7) Cereal, Pasta, Bread and Grains
a) Whole wheat plain bagels: 12 g
b) Multi-grain bagel: 11 g
c) Uncooked Quinoa: 10 g
8) Fibrous vegetables
a. Raw and chopped Broccoli: 4.6 g
b. Artichoke (fresh and edible portions): 4.2 g
c. Frozen Green Peas: 4 g
9) Nuts, Seeds, Oils and Fats
a. Hemp seeds: 11.4 g
b. Pumpkin seeds (Shelled and roasted): 9.4 g
c. Raw Peanuts: 8.6 g
Just remember that since one's diet is just as important as working out, if one wants to get a great body, one has to train hard and support this with a lot of protein-based foods.