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Eating More Protein To LoseWeight

Eating More Protein To Lose Weight

 

Eating more protein to loseweight seems a good idea for most. This is because protein offers several benefits that help you lose fat naturally. For starters, protein is very satiating and tends to curb cravings while reducing the desire for snacking. Therefore, with a high protein diet, you will automatically eat less even when you are not consciously restricting calorie intake.

 

Additionally, protein has a higher “Thermic Effect of Food” (TEF) than other foods. (read more on that here)This simply means that the body requires a whole lot more energy to process protein than it does to digest other foods like carbohydrates. Thanks to this little benefit, eating high amounts of protein will see you burn calories while simply digesting and metabolizing the food and also enjoy a boosted metabolism that will make you burn more calories around the clock even when you are not very active.

 

Protein also repairs and builds muscles. This benefit comes in handy if you are pairing a high protein diet with regular resistance exercises. You will recover much faster from your workouts and therefore be able to exercise more frequently and more intensely. What’s more, increased muscle will raise your resting metabolic rate, hence allowing the body to burn more fat after workouts. Do this however mean eating more protein to lose weight is advisable? Lets read on.

 

With all these benefits, you would think that eating more protein to lose weight might be a good idea. Well, not exactly. There reaches a point where a high protein diet becomes too much. And, eating too much protein can be harmful to a weight loss plan. Here are the reasons why.

 

Eating more protein to lose weight because protein has low calories

 

Despite the benefits, protein foods also have calories. On average, protein contains 4 calories per gram. Due to the present calories, eating too much protein will cause an increase in calorie intake. This increase in turn can work to lower your calorie deficit and thus cause weight gain.

 

Reason Two: Liver Changes Excess Protein into Fat 

 

During metabolism, protein is broken down into amino acids and ammonia. Through the lining of the small intestines, the required amino acids are absorbed into the bloodstream where they are used to build up protein stores. The excess amino acids are then converted into glucose, which the body uses for energy. However, when one has eaten much more protein than the body needs, the glucose becomes more than what the cells require thus leaving no space for it to be stored as glycogen in the muscles or liver. When this happens, the liver then converts the excess glucose into fat, which is ultimately deposited at the body’s fat stores. Therefore, if you eat too much protein on a continuous basis, your body’s fat storage will expand over time causing an increase in weight. That therefore means eating more protein to lose weight becomes a wasted effort.

 

How Much Protein Is Too Much?

 

So, how do know if your daily protein intake has reached the point of being too much? Well, experts recommend a daily intake of between 0.5 -1.0 grams of protein per pound of your body weight. Of course, when trying to lose weight, protein intake will be on the lower side.

 

Alternatively, you can find out how much protein to consume by factoring your intake of this macro-nutrient into your calorie count. A safe number is keeping your protein consumption at 25 -30% of your total calorie intake.

 

The bottom line is that increasing your protein intake can help you get in good shape. However, do not go crazy and overdo it. Just like other foods, smart dieting comes down to portion control. Stick to the recommended protein intake and you will be okay. It is also a good idea to exercise regularly, as that will allow you to reap the full benefits that a protein-rich diet has on weight loss.

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