Your answer is Protein.

When you’re trying to lose weight, eating enough protein is essential to your success.  Many people start to shed pounds fairly easily once they increase the amount of protein in their diet. High-protein foods take more work to digest, metabolize, and use, which means you burn more calories processing them.

Protein offers your metabolism a boost and keeps you satisfied longer.. This is key since muscle burns more calories in the body than fat. In short, if you’re serious about weight loss, you’ve got to take protein seriously.

A simple way to increase your protein intake?

Making homemade smoothies is a great way to incorporate more protein into the diet. Your protein source can be non-fat plain greek yogurt, or a good quality protein powder.

Smoothies are also a great way to get many other key nutrients into your body as they are highly digestable and offer a quick way to get these nutrients into the bloodstream. See some of our top protein smoothie recipes here.

How much protein is enough?

Check out the chart below to see how much protein you should be eating each day.

Weight (lbs)

Weight (kg)

Protein per day (not very active)

Protein per day (active or pregnant)

Protein per day (extremely active)

100 45.5 36.4 g 59.2 g 81.9 g
105 47.7 38.2 g 62 g 85.9 g
110 50 40 g 65 g 90 g
115 52.3 41.8 g 68 g 94.1 g
120 54.5 43.6 g 70.9 g 98.1 g
125 56.8 45.4 g 73.8 g 102.2 g
130 59.1 47.3 g 76.8 g 106.4 g
135 61.4 49.1 g 79.8 g 110.5 g
140 63.6 50.9 g 82.7 g 114.5 g
145 65.9 52.7 g 85.7 g 118.6 g
150 68.2 54.7 g 88.7 g 122.8 g
155 70.5 56.4 g 91.7 g 126.9 g
160 72.7 58.2 g 94.5 g 130.8 g
165 75 60 g 97.5 g 135 g