Healthy Habit #1: Why an Increase in Protein Intake is Important for Fat Loss

If had a nickel for every time some one walked into a supplement store asking for fat burners to help them lose their gut, I would be rich. Okay maybe if I had a dollar for every time, but that is not my point. People think that fat burners are the answer to weight loss. Although these pills do “help” in controlling your appetite and increase your metabolism slightly, if you still eat one huge meal that consists of beer and late night pizza then you can just kiss your dreams of having a “six pack” good-bye.

So what is the problem? Well, it’s our diet. The average American diet gets 20% of their daily calories from snack foods. Which usually consist of processed carbohydrates like cookies, crackers, and any fast food that seems quick and easy. Eat too much, and 1) you’ll send your blood glucose level up higher than you expected; 2) you’ll fill up but without the nutrients that come with vegetables and grains; and 3) you’ll gain weight.

So why is it that we can’t stop eating even after we have had an ample amount of calories to refuel our bodies? The answer is the effect carbohydrates have on our blood sugar when eaten alone. When we consume a simple carbohydrate it gets broken down at a fast rate and sends our blood sugar soaring as well as our appetite. So how do we control this? We slow down this process by adding a lean protein to EVERY meal.

I know your thinking that there is no way you’re going to spend half of your day cooking up chicken breasts to eat at each meal. You don’t have to. One serving of Whey protein contains 20 grams of protein, 1 gram of fat, and 1 measly gram of carbs, for only 80 calories. It also comes in different flavors that will be more exciting to the taste buds then 5 meals containing chicken or tuna.

My favorite breakfast is .5 cup oats cooked with cinnamon and blueberries topped with one serving of banana flavored Whey Protein. This meal is about 250 calories 23 grams of protein and 45 grams of slow burning carbs to get my metabolism ready for the rest of the day’s activities.

Protein doesn’t have to be just for body builders and those trying to put on muscle. It’s a vital part of a healthy, lean diet.


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One response to “Healthy Habit #1: Why an Increase in Protein Intake is Important for Fat Loss

  1. people think that fat burners are the answer to weight loss.
    >> In fact eating sanely (fruits + veggies + meat or fish) combined with regular sport activities work for most people.

    I really wonder if it is hard to have powder mix for breakfast.
    My question is how long can you resist eating like this?

    I can’t eat like this.
    I’m really “hooked” to real food.

    But truly only the result matters.


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