How Protein Can Help You Lose Weight.

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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.

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Comments

  1. Davey, I’ve lost 100lbs in the last 9 months. I hit a bit of a slow spot in my own goals, so I am definitely going to give this a shot!

    Side note: weight loss was done with better control of portions, dramatically decreasing caloric intake, and increasing activity. In other words, none of those funky diets.

  2. christopher says:

    im not sure if this idea works-but here goes-ive discovered-Chinese Broccoli-not at all like broccoli you see in vegetable aisle.3/4 stem-1/4 leaf.ive seen this green veg in Chinese markets-got to be loaded with protein.ive tried this veg 3x in last week.very tasty.cooks in ten minutes.

  3. Since protein is relatively expensive, consuming more of it causes one to work harder in order to pay for it!

  4. Wolfgang says:

    Try 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking up in the morning. The easiest way for that is a protein shake.

    From T4HB:
    ” The third month, after consuming 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking, that rate more than tripled to 18.75 pounds [weight loss] per month!”

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