More Protein Will Make You More Fit
If you have gone to any store lately or watched commercials, you have most likely noticed the surge of Protein added, or emphasized on many labels as the number one selling point. Popular and market brands alike are jumping on the, more protein is better, bandwagon.
Unfortunately Protein has gotten a little bit of a bad wrap for making you “fat”. This belief couldn’t be further from the truth. Calories in vs calories out will always be the prevailing truth for fat loss, period. That being said, these studies will further prove how beneficial protein is for fat loss, muscle gain, and overall metabolism efficiency.
Did you know that your organs, tissues, muscles and hormones are all made from proteins? The protein found in foods is used by every part of the body to develop, grow and function properly. It can be argued that nothing is more important than consuming protein foods, and because proteins are involved in just about every body function, it’s important that you consume foods high in protein every day.
Studies show that eating a high-protein diet has a number of health benefits. Not only does it help you maintain and lose weight, but it also works to stabilize your blood sugar levels, improve your ability to learn and concentrate, reduce absentmindedness, keeps energy levels stable, support your muscles and bones and support the absorption of important nutrients.
Many people make the mistake of trying diets that involve calorie counting and deprivation. On a high-protein diet, you will feel completely satiated after eating, and you won’t have to deal with the blood sugar highs and lows that lead to cravings and moodiness. You’ll be surprised to see how many foods you can eat on a high-protein diet.
We need to eat plenty of protein foods every day to keep our metabolisms running, our energy up and our blood sugar levels stable.
Some facts to keep in mind when reading ahead
More muscle means an increase in metabolism, which means we are able to burn more calories when sitting and doing nothing at all!
Muscle takes up less space than fat, the more muscle you have the fitter you appear even at a higher scale weight.
Consistency and adherence is key to success.
Nothing looks better than being healthy!
Recent studies, being done on real live people (not animals), from beginners to advanced athletes, and exercisers alike. These individuals were all given the exact same variables: diet, nutritionist, educational training, and weight lifting plan.
They were then divided into two groups, with only ONE difference:
Group 1 received a nutrition plan with .5 grams of protein per pound of lean body mass.
Group 2 were given 1.5 grams of protein per pound of lean body mass.
The results were so overwhelming the study was ended before the allotted 12 week time.
Group 1 results: Only 30% saw an increase of lean muscle (1.4lbs) along with a decrease in body fat.
Group 2 results: 100% saw an increase of lean muscle (4.5lbs) along with a decrease in body fat!
If you are to take away anything from these studies, it would be, more protein is in actuality a helper rather than a sabotage for fat loss. Next time you get the salad, don’t forget the protein:)