You know that proteins are the building blocks for your body’s muscles – but did you know that they may help you lose weight, too?
Danish scientists discovered that if you eat 25% of your daily calories from protein, you’re twice as likely to lose weight – and to keep losing weight. If your recommended caloric intake is 2,000, for example, then the study suggests that you should aim to consume about 500 of those calories from proteins.
A similar study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It reported greater satisfaction, less hunger and general weight loss when protein intake was increased. On average, study participants ate 441 fewer calories per day when they ate increased protein and regulated the rest of their diet.
Researchers aren’t certain of why the correlation between increased protein and weight loss exists, though it seems that protein lowers hunger levels. According to WebMD, this may be because “a high-protein diet causes the brain to receive lower levels of appetite-stimulating hormones. It may be due to eating fewer carbs and/or the specific protein effect on hunger hormones and brain chemistry.”
If you are losing weight (or hitting a weight loss plateau), this protein research is more than just food for thought. Give it a try and see if it yield results in your own experience.