New findings from a survey commissioned by global nutrition and food tracking app MyFitnessPal, show that only a quarter of Australians (25%) are aware of their ideal protein intake, while an additional three in four are unaware of how to track their own intake.
“Protein is one of the three primary macros, in addition to carbohydrates and fat, that form the basic building blocks of good nutrition. It’s concerning, but not all that surprising to see just how much Aussies really know about their ideal intake,” says fitness coach and ambassador for MyFitnessPal, Luke Hines.
“Nutrition tracking apps, like MyFitnessPal, provide opportunities for people to learn about macros and their own healthy consumption levels. In fact, by integrating daily physical activity, body weight, height, and gender, regular users are able to better understand their ideal protein intake.”
Australia is an active nation with the research showing over two thirds of Australians exercising at least once a week. “Interestingly, the research found that two in three regular exercisers do not know the ideal protein intake to support their exercise regimen.”
A balanced diet with adequate protein receives essential amino acids that are critical for various bodily functions. “Those who don’t meet these needs are less likely to reach their health and fitness goals as easily as those who do.”
“Our bodies require a specific amount of protein not only to build and repair muscles and bones, but also for energy. In general, our protein intake is already varied between gender, weight, and height, but it changes again depending on how frequently one exercises, and what their goals are,” Mr Hines said.
“Seeing just how active Australian women and men truly are, it is important that education around protein intake starts now so that as a nation, we are consuming the nutrients we need.”
Despite the findings that show two in three people are trying to improve their macro intake, an overwhelming 80% of Australians are not tracking, or learning how to track their consumption.
MyFitnessPal allows users to track their macros, including protein, carbohydrate and fat intake, as well as a range of vitamins, minerals and calories. The app advises users on their personal recommended intake of protein and other macronutrients based on their weight, height, and health goals.