Aug. 28, 2011
Protein and Weight Loss
Inadequate protein intake is one of the biggest mistakes made when it comes to weight loss. Protein intake has two major roles when it comes to dropping those unwanted pounds. First, of all the macronutrients, protein requires the most energy to be broken down. Studies show somewhere between 20-30% of the calories consumed from protein are required for the digestion process. Which, ultimately raises ones metabolism on a daily basis without any extra effort.
Second, protein supports/builds lean tissue. Why do we want lean tissue? Lean tissue directly affects your resting metabolic rate. Every pound of muscle on the human body requires 50 calories a day to be maintained. Put on 10 lbs of muscle, burn 500 more calories a day, 3500 a week!
OK, how much protein should I consume a day you ask? General recommendation is a gram per pound of lean tissue.
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