I’ve talked often about not limiting your diet to one particular food group. I do not agree with eating all protein or no carbs at all or no fat. Those are the 3 macronutrients we all need in a balanced way each day.
What I want to suggest here is that if you are trying to lose weight, one food group to definitely include in some form at each meal that’s been proven to help with weight loss is protein. I am not advocating eating an extremely high amount of protein or of eating all protein and excluding carbs and fat. Not at all – what I said in Today’s the Day and what I am suggesting is that you should build balanced meals focused around clean protein, vegetable carbs and a moderate amount of healthy fat.
A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found eating a low-protein diet makes your body more likely to store fat around your liver, kidneys, and other organs. By the way – that’s some of the most dangerous fat you can have in your body. Conversely, researchers found a higher protein diet increases muscle and boosts your metabolism. Exactly what you want.
In a 12-week study, people were either fed an extra 1,000 calories of protein or 1,000 extra calories of carbohydrates. Not surprisingly, both groups gained weight. After all, 1,000 excess calories are just that!
However, the protein group gained less fat and more muscle than the carb group. Remember, you don’t just want to lose “weight.” Your goal should be to lose fat and gain muscle. Protein has completely different metabolic effects than carbohydrate. I talk a bit more about this in this podcast about protein.
What are your thoughts about this?