Chicken breast is a great food that contains a high amount of good quality protein. Good protein is an essential source in building muscle and losing weight.
Have you ever been to a Chik Fil A restaurant? Whether you have or haven’t is not the focus of this particular article, however they have a great slogan. Going on the concept that their main competitors are fast food burger places, such as McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s, they use the slogan “eat more chicken.”
What makes their advertisement even funnier is if you see their billboards, TV commercials, posters, flyers etc., they show a cow that is usually writing the Chik Fil A slogan out. It is as if the cows are pleading for you to eat more chicken rather than beef. Ok so at least it struck me as funny you may think otherwise.
One thing the “cows” are right though is to eat more chicken. Specifically you should be eating more chicken breast. The chicken breast is a lean cut of meat and contains a large amount of high quality proteins that your muscles can use to rebuild.
Protein is a very important part of a nutrition program. Many experts have stated that you should be getting at least one gram of protein per pound of lean muscle mass. Some experts even take that further and say that if you are into some serious training for sports and/or other activities that ratio should be even higher. I have read in some magazines where they write that you should be receiving upwards of two grams of protein per pound of lean muscle mass.
For us average everyday Joes, lets stick with the formula of one gram per every pound of lean muscle mass. Eating plenty of chicken breast is a good way to ensure that your body is getting not only a good source of protein but the ample amount that you need.
A typical four ounce chicken breast, that has been cut lean of all fat and that is either baked or grilled can contain up to forty grams of high quality protein. This is plenty of protein in one sitting of a meal. Remember you must eat 6 meals everyday about every two and a half to three hours. We’ll talk more about that topic in another article.
Now of course I am not saying to eat a chicken breast with all six meals, but definitely have at least one per day and mix it up. I alternate everyday between lunch and dinner. For example, today I will cut up a grilled chicken breast and add it to my spinach salad and then tomorrow, I will eat a baked chicken breast with dinner.
To me it is not chicken overload which is what I know a lot bodybuilders go through when they are training. Some of these guys eat like 6 to 8 chicken breasts a day. By the end of two days the normal person would be so sick of chicken at that rate.
Nevertheless you should definitely add one four ounce chicken breast to your nutrition plan everyday of the day. It packs on good quality protein allowing your muscles to rebuild which in turn increases their volume. And as we all know the more volume your muscles are the more fat they burn.