If you’re like most people, you’d do virtually anything to accelerate your fat loss and boost your metabolism.
One of the simplest and most effective methodss is to increase your protein intake, and for a very specific reason, which I’ll share in just a moment.
Check these facts:
- Protein-rich foods increase metabolic rate over 3 times more than carbs and fats, and
- Studies consistently show that high-protein diets lead to greater weight loss and fat loss than those diets matched for calories with lower protein intakes.
For instance, when researchers from the University of Illinois compared the effects a high-protein diet to a standard reduced-calorie diet, they found that those who consumed more protein experienced a 62% greater ratio of fat loss, even though both groups consumed the same number of calories.
Would you like to consume more calories and lose more fat?
Of course! Who wouldn’t?
And the secret lies in a little seven-letter word you’ve probably never heard before.
Researchers believe that high-protein diets may be so effective at enhancing fat loss because protein-rich foods contain an amino acid called leucine, which is key to preventing both the loss of calorie-burning muscle when you’re trying to lose fat, as well as age-related muscle loss.
Why is that so important?
Simply put, muscle loss contributes to decreased metabolism — ie- looking ‘skinny fat’ — and rapid rebound weight gain when resuming a ‘normal’ eating routine after a diet, which are all things you definitely don’t want!
Again, here are some of the best sources of leucine-rich, metabolism-boosting protein:
- Lean red meat
- Chicken breast
- Cottage cheese
- Greek yogurt.
Here are a few examples:
Consume one of these with each meal, and you’ll be in great shape!
To your results!
Tim Skwiat is the head Exercise and Nutrition Coach at BioTrust.