The Power of Protein
Adding healthy Protein into your diet is your key to healthy weight loss.
High Protein foods take more work to digest, metabolize and use…so you burn more calories processing them. They also take longer to leave your stomach, so you feel full sooner and for a longer period of time. If you’re burning calories as well as counting them, protein is doubly important to make sure you lose fat and not muscle. Your body uses the amino acids in protein to build lean muscle, which not only makes you stronger and more toned but also burns calories even when you’re not as active. This keeps your metabolism humming along at a higher speed so you can burn off the occasional cookie.
You may think a high-protein/low-carb diet will lead to weight loss…unfortunately…this is not always the case. When you eat a lot of protein but few carbohydrates, your metabolism changes into a state called ketosis. Ketosis means the body converts from burning carbs for fuel to burning its own fat. When fat is broken down small bits of carbon called ketones are released into the bloodstream as energy. It also increases your body’s elimination of fluids via urine resulting in a loss of water weight.
Unfortunately…the Carbs that are usually eliminated on low-carb diets include fruits and vegetables. They are the best sources of vitamins, fiber and antioxidants that help prevent disease. Cut down on the junk food…not the good stuff 🙂
Foods that are high in protein are usually also high in saturated fats which increase the risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and several types of cancer. Choose lean proteins like Chicken or Fish. Beans and many veggies are also a great source of healthy protein.
The beauty of protein is there are so many tasty, healthy options so getting your daily dose is simple 🙂
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