3 Reasons Why Eating Protein Helps You Lose Weight

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Protein: Your Secret Weight Loss Weapon

On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing 3 reasons why eating protein helps you lose weight and is your secret weight loss weapon.

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One of my favorite secret weight loss weapons, that I’ve been following for 8 years, has to do with nutrition.

In fact, it is a Live Lean Law to eat more of this specific type of food.

I’m referring to a diet higher in protein.

A diet higher in protein is a healthy way to help you lose weight, and keep it off forever.

Health Benefits Of Protein

Research shows a diet higher in protein can lead to a lower risk of:

A diet higher in protein may also help lower your bad LDL cholesterol.

Why Protein Is Important For Losing Weight And Building Muscle

It’s time to set the record straight on the health benefits of protein.

Many nutrition experts agree that the official recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of protein is low.

Even though the RDA may be as little as 10-15% of calories from protein, a lot of people, especially women, don’t even consume enough protein to reach those minimum guidelines.

3 Reasons Why Eating Protein Helps You Lose Weight

Here are just 3 of the reasons why eating protein is such a powerful macronutrient to slim your waistline and help you lose weight.

#1. Protein Is A Highly Thermogenic Macronutrient

Protein has a high thermic effect.

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This simply means the body burns a lot of calories just to digest and metabolize the protein.

Look at it this way.

If a chicken breast has 120 calories, a decent percentage of these calories are already burned just to digest it.

#2. Foods High In Protein Are Filling

Best Protein Sources To Burn Belly Fat

Foods high in protein are slower to digest, thus leaving you feeling fuller, for a longer time.

This also means protein sources are hard to over consume.

#3. Protein Helps You Build Calorie Crushing Muscle

Protein is made up of amino acids that are critical to building lean and strong muscle.

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Not only will muscle make you look and feel healthier, muscle also increases your metabolism, so you’ll be burning more calories even while you sleep.

The problem with consuming most healthy sources of protein such as beef, poultry, fish, and eggs, is they are not typically convenient foods.

Unfortunately, it’s an easy habit to throw a sugar filled fattening granola bar into your briefcase or hit up the vending machine at work.

However, if you are truly committed to changing your body and your health, you must change your habits.

If you work a 9-5 job, I recommend you get into the habit of:

On The Go Healthy High Protein Snack Idea

Best Types Of Protein To Eat For Weight Loss

What types of protein should you eat?

Be aware.

Just because the package says 10g of protein, it doesn’t mean it’s high quality.

Not all protein is created the same.

Animal protein sources are the highest quality because they are a complete source of protein.

Best High Protein Foods For Weight Loss And Muscle Building

This means they contain all 9 essential amino acids required to build muscle.

The highest quality protein sources include:

If you look at the nutrition facts information for nuts and grains, it may show they contain 5-8 grams of protein per serving, however they don’t contain all 9 essential amino acids.

Vegan And Vegetarian Protein Sources

Best Protein Sources For Vegans And Vegetarians

Also, if you are a vegan or vegetarian, you will have to get good at pairing different protein sources to create a complete protein.

For example, when rice and beans are combined, they create a complete protein source.

However, when they are eaten separately, they do not create a complete protein source.

How Much Protein Should you Eat?

I recommend you start off by aiming to consume:

  • 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight

For example, if you are 180 pounds, strive for 180 grams of protein split between your meals and snacks throughout the day.

If you are more active, increase your protein consumption.

Start Your Day With A Breakfast High In Protein

Here is your Live Lean tip.

Ensure you start your day with a high protein breakfast.

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Consuming 30-40g of protein in the morning will help control your blood sugar levels and manage your hunger throughout the day.

This will also help ensure you are burning stored fat for energy, not your muscle.

Here’s a link to my delicious meat and nuts breakfast recipe.

Bottom Line On Why Eating Protein Helps You Lose Weight

Get in the habit of adding a protein source to each of your meals and snacks.

A few of my favorite quick high protein snacking options include:

How To Make A Healthy Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies Recipe

Here’s a link to my protein cookie recipe.

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One response to “3 Reasons Why Eating Protein Helps You Lose Weight

  1. Protein is an essential nutrient for many reasons. It can also go a long way in losing weight, as detailed here, especially since it can make the body feel fuller.

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