The best diet for weight loss: 3 reasons why a high protein diet will help you lose weight
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It doesn't matter if you're a beginner to fitness & weight loss, an Olympic athlete or Pro Bodybuilder - sources of protein will be an essential ingredient found in your kitchen at all times. But do you know why it's a hot topic when it comes to weight loss?
By understanding why you want to consume protein and how it can accelerate your weight loss progress, it'll be easier to remember to add it to your cart when you're buying groceries and prepping your meals.
Here's 3 Reasons to Consume Protein to Lose Weight:
1) Muscle is metabolically active so the more you have on your body, the higher your metabolism - which aids in losing and maintaining weight.
Protein has many functions all over the body and our favourite one when you're getting fit is repairing and growing your muscles. Protein contains amino acids which are building blocks for our muscle tissues that tear slightly when we exercise, especially during weight training.
Well-maintained muscles use more energy just to exist. More calories burning at your normal resting rate is proof that your metabolism increases. This means by having more muscles you're able to work off more calories even while you aren't working out. What a bonus!
2) Protein uses the most energy during digestion (i.e. burns more calories during digestion).
"After you eat, some calories are used for the purpose of digesting and metabolizing the food. This is often termed the thermic effect of food (TEF).
Although not all sources agree on the exact figures, it is clear that protein has a much higher thermic effect (20-30%) compared to carbs (5-10%) and fat (0-3%).