Increasing Protein Intake Helps With Weight Loss

 

Yes, increasing your protein intake will help you with your weight loss.  This concept is something a lot of people, especially people who are dieting, don’t know.  And I used to be one of those people.  When I 1st started my weight loss journey, 7 months ago, there was so much nutrition, health, & wellness information that I didn’t know.  No one taught me about proper nutrition that my body needs, no one told me how important good fats are in your diet, no one told me about the different carbs (simple & complex), & no one told me that I need to increase my protein intake to help with my weight loss.  After reading article after article, this concept was one of the 1st things I learned about proper nutrition.  And it’s a very important concept to understand.

From Wikipedia:
“Protein is a nutrient needed by the human body for growth and maintenance.[1] Aside from water, proteins are the most abundant kind of molecules in the body. Protein can be found in all cells of the body and is the major structural component of all cells in the body, especially muscle.[1][6] This also includes body organs, hair and SKIN. Proteins are also used in membranes, such as glycoproteins. When broken down into amino acids, they are used as precursors to nucleic acid, co-enzymes, HORMONES, immune response, cellular repair, and other molecules essential for life.[6] Additionally, protein is needed to form blood cells.[1][7].”

Below is a chart to show you different proteins:

Why does increased protein help in weight loss?  Information below taken from Kashi site

Protein helps promote satiety

Consuming protein from foods like lean poultry, beans or low-fat yogurt, can help promote feeling full which is one of the keys to losing weight. So consider adding a grilled chicken breast to your salad or low-fat cottage cheese to your breakfast. You may find you’re less likely to overeat later in the day.

Protein helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels

The staying power of protein when consumed with carbohydrates can help balance blood sugar levels.2

balanced blood sugar levels may promote better food choices. Most of us make better choices when we’re feeling steady.

Protein plus exercise is a powerful one-two punch

Adequate protein intake combined with exercise can have beneficial effects on body composition and stimulate muscle synthesis.3 One study in adult women also reported improvement in the blood lipid profile by the combination of adequate dietary protein and aerobic exercise.

For further reading check out this article which I found extremely helpful: How Protein Helps With Weight Loss

Do you take in enough protein each day, as is suggested?  What are some ways to increase your protein intake?

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