Just some additional comments regarding the importance of Protein in fat loss to back up what has been said...
One of the reasons that protein "increases your body's sense of fullness" is that protein is harder for the body to metabolise (break down). This has another very positive effect on fat loss because the body needs to utilise more calories (work harder). In using more energy (burning more calories) it assists in maintaining the energy balance that is so important in fat loss. Energy Balance? Yep.. this is a key element to success fat loss and simply means that there is a balance each day between the number of calories you take in, and the number of calories that you actually use. If you take in more calories than you use each day, you will gain body fat. If you take in less calories (no more than 1000 calories per day maximum and typically recommended at 500 calories per day for steady results), then you will lose body fat. This just makes good sense. If you have too much fuel in your body, it gets stored as fat for use at a later stage. If you have less fuel going in than you need each day, then your body must draw on its reserve tanks (fat) to find the energy it needs. The result...fat loss.
I want to provide some meaningful information for you to help you to understand PROTEIN a little better and to help you understand how to achieve the desired lean physique you are after.
I am referring you to a post about Protein on our Thrive Healthy Living website:
As you can see in the title, this is Part 2b of a series which deals with the science of macro nutrients and calories, and understanding how to balance these correctly no matter what shape you are currently in so that you can reach your desired target.
Achieving a lean, healthy, strong physique can be easy when you first understand that the most important part of the process is NOT the training, but IS what you are eating, when you are eating it, and how to ensure that the macro nutrient balance is set to optimise your fat loss/lean muscle gain.
Part 1 of this series teaches you how to know what your daily caloric intake should be based on your Total Daily Caloric Expenditure. This is the first and most important step in achieving your goals. This is the "How Much Fuel Should I Have Each Day?" You can read this post here:
Part 2a of this series talks about Carbohydrates, their role, where to get them, the difference between high GI and low GI and when each is appropriate, how much you should be getting each day, and when to ensure you are getting them. You can read this post here:
If you read these posts and apply the knowledge to your own daily routines, you will soon see the body fat% on your scales coming down!
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