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30-Day Get Lean in 2017 Challenge Day 9: Protein, Please!

author image Deborah Day
Deborah Day is a lifestyle and entertainment writer and editor. Former editor in chief of and executive editor of, she has been published on,,, and other media sites, as well as in Maxim, Interview and Time Out NY magazines.
30-Day Get Lean in 2017 Challenge Day 9: Protein, Please!
How do you fuel your body? Photo Credit: LIVESTRONG.COM; Adobe Stock

As your physical activity increases, you need to focus on your macronutrients (or, if you want to sound really cool, refer to them as "macros") — carbohydrates, fat and protein — which provide the calories your body needs for energy.

The LIVESTRONG.COM MyPlate Calorie Tracker — available on desktop and for iOS and Android devices — gives you an at-a-glance overview of your macros on the main tracking dashboard.

We take the guesswork out of it. If you’re using the MyPlate app, you’ll see a simple pie chart with your daily breakdown. Boom!

How to Know If You're Getting Enough Protein

The default caloric breakdown for the LIVESTRONG.COM Calorie Tracker is 40/30/30, which translates to 40 percent from carbohydrates, 30 percent from fat and 30 percent from protein. That's the baseline formula.

Depending on your fitness activity and your body’s needs, you might need to make dietary adjustments to ensure you’re getting enough protein.

Your body craves protein: It needs it to help build muscle. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough, allowing your body to replenish and get stronger. Plus, it satisfies hunger and helps you stay full longer, which helps immensely as you get fit and lose weight.

Since the body doesn’t store protein like it does fat, you need to replenish it throughout the day. Make sure you’re opting for good sources of protein like lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, nuts and seeds.

So fuel up your body properly and track your macros so you can maximize your results.

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