I've recently started my weight loss journey and I've been reading a lot about how important protein is for weight loss. However, I'm a bit confused as to how much protein I need to consume and how to make sure I'm getting enough of it.
I am currently 5'6" and weigh around 180 lbs. My goal weight is 140 lbs. I exercise regularly, doing a mix of cardio and strength training, about 4-5 days a week. I've also started tracking my calories using an app, which has been helpful.
I'm a vegetarian, so I don't eat meat, but I do eat eggs and dairy. I also try to incorporate plant-based protein sources like beans, lentils, and tofu into my meals.
My question is, how can I make sure I'm getting enough protein to support my weight loss goals and maintain muscle mass? Are there any specific guidelines I should follow? And are there any other vegetarian protein sources I should be incorporating into my diet?
Thank you in advance for your help!