With the majority of people in the United States being overweight and obese – and the annual statistics repeatedly getting worse – it is no wonder why weight loss is one of the most trending topics both online and offline. A seemingly limitless number of weight loss programs, fat slimming products, and weight loss tips have flooded the internet. Unfortunately, most of these too-good-to-be-true claims simply don’t work over the long run, if at all. So, how do you know which one works and which one doesn’t?
We can’t discuss each of these diets, weight loss programs, and other weight reduction products in detail in this single post. Nevertheless, we can dig deep into one of the most discussed weight loss programs on the internet today– the protein diet plan, the weight loss diet strategy that promotes a high intake of protein-rich foods while cutting back on carbohydrates, particularly the simple carbs.
Does a protein diet plan effectively promote weight loss? Can eating foods high in protein, such as turkey, egg, nuts, beef, salmon, and peanut butter, make you trim down?
Many people are skeptical about the protein diet plan. This is probably because for many decades, the medical community promoted the high intake of veggies and whole grains while cutting down on protein and fat to achieve permanent weight loss. To further understand how a high protein diet plan can help you lose weight and have a more physically fit body, let’s look into the scientific facts that prove its effectiveness against body fat accumulation.
How does a high-protein diet plan cause weight loss?
Our bodies spend more energy digesting high-protein foods
Breaking down and digesting high protein foods takes much greater energy expenditure than high carbohydrate foods. This means that our bodies need more calories to process them. When more calories are consumed to perform a usual body function, you can start losing weight. In fact, a group of researchers from Arizona State University documented that those who eat a high protein diet burn as much as twice the calories compared to people who eat a high-carb diet.
Protein fuels skeletal muscle growth – the prime burners of energy within our bodies
Our bodies produce energy by using three important macronutrients: carbohydrates, fats, and protein. However, protein is the most unique of the three because it fuels muscle growth. Skeletal muscles are the prime burners of energy within the body; and it can still burn energy even at rest. People who have adequate lean muscle mass have a high-functioning calorie-burning machine that burns their energy twenty-four hours a day. However, you do not need to spend endless hours lifting weights and building your muscles to get this effect. Researchers reveal that improving your muscle mass even just a bit more can significantly increase your metabolism.
Are there other benefits of a high protein diet for losing weight?
A high protein diet plan does not only cause the body to lose weight and gain lean muscle mass. Other benefits of a high protein diet plan include:
- Improvement of bone density, sleep quality, brain function, blood pressure normalization, and the body’s insulin/glucose control system
- Early satiety that restricts intake of simple carbs (less calorie dense foods!) – the cause of obesity explosion in today’s generation
- Facilitates the intake of the right kinds of fats that can further cause weight loss
- Causes the body to burn fat stores more efficiently
People who are struggling to reach their weight loss goal should increase their protein intake while decreasing their simple carbs. They should smartly choose the foods they need to include in their protein diet plan. The best protein-packed foods include lean cuts of beef, poultry, salmon, tuna, eggs, nuts, Greek yogurt, and beans. By having these high-protein foods in your weight loss plan, you should find it much easier to successfully reach your fitness goals.
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