With all of the fitness and nutrition information available today, you are more than likely aware that protein is good for weight loss.
You have also more that likely heard the term “macronutrient” before. There are three main macronutrients that the body needs for energy, counted as calories: carbohydrates (carbs), fats, and proteins.
The body cannot produce macronutrients on its own. They must be obtained through diet.
Proper nutrition is essential to maintaining your metabolic health and helping you reach and maintain your weight loss and fitness goals.
So it goes without saying that opting for sugary snacks or a high-carb diet in favor of protein-rich foods can be counterproductive those goals.
If you have been considering increasing the amount of protein in your diet to give your weight loss efforts a boost, you may wonder what gives protein so much popularity.
Here we have listed 5 ways protein can help you lose weight.
Protein helps you feel fuller faster
Increasing your protein intake actually helps to reduce your appetite by increasing levels of satiety hormones. No seconds here, thank you!
Also, adding protein to all of your meals and snacks throughout the day with help to evenly distribute your protein intake throughout the day and help decrease the desire for grazing.
Protein keeps those cravings at bay
Protein also helps stave off hunger by decreasing levels of “the hunger hormone,” ghrelin, which is known to stimulate appetite and promote fat storage.
According to one study, overweight women were able to cut 442 calories out of their diet each day by increasing protein to 30 percent of their daily calories.
Replacing the carbs and fat on your plate with protein leads to a reduction in hunger, thus calories eaten throughout the day.
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Eating protein burns more calories
Not only can increasing the protein in your diet help you decrease your calories, it can help you burn more calories too!
You burn those additional calories when you eat protein, because protein is known to have a higher thermic effect. This simply means the body has to work a little harder to digest protein than it does to digest those carbs and fats.
Protein can help reduce cravings for snacking before bed
Studies have found that consuming a diet high in protein can help reduce cravings and the desire for snacking late at night.
Try eating a protein-rich breakfast and you may not feel the urge to snack before going to bed.
Protein helps prevent muscle wasting and metabolic damage
Losing muscle is often a side effect of losing weight. When this happens, metabolism slows and fewer calories are burned. Eating the right amount of protein while dieting can help to prevent muscle loss. This will also help to prevent your metabolism from taking any unwanted hits.
You should also try incorporating a strength training program into your routine to help add additional protection against muscle loss and metabolic damage.
When it comes to fat loss and a lean, healthy-looking body, protein is the macronutrient of choice. Adding a little extra protein to your diet can definitely help tip the scales in your favor.
However, do keep in mind that calories count and eating too much of anything will negate your efforts if there is not a caloric deficit. It is always important to be mindful of quantity if weight loss is your goal.
Make it a goal to get and stay healthy. Challenge yourself to lose weight and have fun doing it!
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