Eat Protein to Build Muscle, Burn Fat and Reduce Hunger

Eat protein with every meal. It will help you cut calories without feeling hungry because you are eating enough. And, it will help your fat loss and weight loss efforts. One of the knocks on fad diets is that you feel like you're starving most of the time.

For example, a study published in Nutrition Research shows that a breakfast including eggs reduces hunger pangs and decreases calorie intake for the rest of the day. It takes your body longer to digest protein, so you will fill fuller for a longer period of time by eating more foods rich in protein (thermic effect).  All the foods you eat require energy to be broken down and absorbed in the body, but this “thermic effect” for protein is about twice as high as it is for carbohydrates or fats.

By the way, eating whole eggs (both whites and yolks) will not harm your health. Eggs have taken a bad rap in the past. I would recommend you eat eggs from free-range chickens. They are healthier and taste better.

Its a good idea to get full on protein foods first. It will help you eat less of the condiments and other high-fat foods. You will find yourself eating healthier overall when you load up on foods like eggs, nuts, turkey, chicken, fish, etc.

Protein also helps control your blood sugar levels if you happen to eat carbohydrates with your meal.  Glucagon is a hormone that counteracts the effects of insulin in fat cells. A rapid rise in insulin levels causes the body to store fat.  Glucagon decreases the body’s ability to make and store fat in fat cells and in the liver.

Protein is also used by your body to repair and rebuild damaged tissues as a result of a tough workout (especially weight training). Quickly digesting protein shakes work well after a workout.

Other daytime and nighttime meals could be comprised of slowly digesting protein (such as lean meats) that will give a constant release of amino acids into your system during the day and overnight.

So, when used right, protein will help you cut calories and build a lean body.

A post workout meal, with the right amount of protein and carbohydrates, may allow your body a perfect replacement for those lost nutrients after your WORKOUT!

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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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Mark Dilworth is a Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist and since 2006 he has owned Your Fitness University, Her Fitness Hut, My Fitness Hut, Sports Fitness Hut.

Mark has helped thousands of clients and readers make lifestyle changes that lead to better long-term health, which includes acceptable body fat and ideal body weight.He does not recommend fad diets, quick weight loss gimmicks, starvation diets, weight loss pills, fat burner supplements and the like.