The short answer here is YES! And the secret might be protein. From Atkins to South Beach, sometimes the trendiest diets don’t always mean they are the healthiest—or the most effective.
Even for folks who have tried diet after diet might see initial results, but only to experience the same frustration and disappointment when they gain the weight back later…
Sound familiar? Remember, one diet that works for one person may not work for another. But there are things ALL of us need in our diets each day. A well-rounded, healthy diet should include: carbs, protein, and (good) fats. It’s moderation that is key…
Some refer to high-protein diets as the “secret weapon” to weight loss. Read on to find out why, and how a high-protein diet actually works.
This is Your Body on “Acid”…
Foods high in protein are necessary for our body’s overall functions. This is because high-protein foods contain amino acids, which are essential for building lean muscle. They can also help to reduce cholesterol levels, prevent diseases such as diabetes, and even obesity.
However, we are under the notion that because high-protein foods are often higher in calories that they are bad for us, or are higher in fat. Yes, high-protein foods are often higher in calories, but this isn’t because they are “unhealthy” by any means, but they help boost our energy levels and build muscle, which means they are going to “cost more calories”.
The good news is, for all you avid calorie-counters, while high-protein foods are often higher in calories, this also means that we feel fuller faster after we eat them, keeping us from overeating or snacking later.
High-protein foods also take longer for our bodies to digest, which means we burn more calories simply by digesting them. In fact, those who consume more high-protein foods save an average of 450 calories each day, which leads to weight loss.
Most would recommend consuming high-protein foods earlier in the day—similar to carbs. Doing this will also give your body the energy it needs to power through the day.
High-Powered Protein Foods
So what delicious high-protein foods can you start incorporating into your diet? Here is a list below:
- White meat—such as skinless chicken or turkey
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Protein powder
- Energy bars
Protein To Go
Another benefit to a high-protein diet is convenience. Many high-protein foods are relatively easy to prepare and take with you on the go. Prepare a smoothie with protein powder the night before a workday so you can grab a healthy something out the fridge before rushing out the door.
Hard-boiled eggs are another great option to throw in a salad or as a midday snack to get you through to dinner. Even an energy bar for breakfast or a late-day snack is a good, healthy option that will not only give you the much-needed boost in your day, but will also aid weight loss.
Exercise the Proteins
Finally, if you are consuming a high-protein diet and regularly exercising on the other end, then you’ve got the perfect recipe for weight loss. You are giving your body the nutrients it needs, burning extra fat, and even building lean muscle. Doing this will also boost your metabolism, which means you will also burn more calories, even when you aren’t as active.
As always, if you experience any type of allergies with high-protein foods, of if you have a health condition that many not allow you to consume these foods, then you should consult with a nutritionist or your primary physician to discuss other dietary options.
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