Why is protein the most important food group to get right when it comes to fat loss and muscle toning?
Everyone loves a good discussion about carbs and fats but did you know that many experts believe that it’s the high protein in low carb diets that actually provides the weight loss benefits.
Here are 2 reasons why it’s so important to get Protein right.
1️⃣ It helps you eat less without feeling hungry.
Research constantly shows that protein makes you feel full for longer and so you eat less and lose weight.
This is because it takes longer for the body to break down protein than carbs or fat.
Protein also stimulates the release of satiety (fullness) hormones in the gut.
As a result, when you eat good protein, you tend to eat less food.
2️⃣ It helps to build and maintain valuable muscle tissue (very important for performance, strength and body shape).
Without enough protein, our bodies don’t perform that well.
We need proteins to get amino acids (the building blocks of protein) to produce inportant molecules in our bodies like enzymes (which help chemical reactions), neurotransmitters and hormones.
If we don’t get enough protein, our bodies will take it from somewhere and this means it can take it from your muscles resulting in muscle loss.
This is even more exaggerated when you are eating in a calorie deficit.
If you are someone who is training hard and wants to push themselves in the gym, protein is crucial.
I recommended that you eat at least one palm sized portion of protein per meal if you want to lose weight and keep your muscle, and 1-2 palm sized portions per meal if you want to build muscle.
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