Protein is an essential part of health, as is important for a number of reasons.
Protein can help improve the recovery time of muscles as well as assisting in the growth of lean muscle. It’s important to increase lean muscle as this will in tern increase the metabolism (without having to do endless hours of cardio). An important thing to mention here is obviously exercise, a healthy diet and exercise routine will work hand in hand.
Try to aim for a few servings of protein each day, and make an extra effort to eat some protein after you’ve done a workout as this has been shown to increase recovery time.
To help balance out your carbohydrates see if you can match the serving size of your protein with your carbohydrates. For example if your having one chicken breast, have a similar sizes sweet potato to match with plenty of vegetables and salad