If you are sticking to a balanced healthy diet and exercising regularly but still struggling to shift fat, it might be because you’re not eating enough protein.
Here are three reasons why you should be eating more protein.
- Protein can reduce your appetite
Protein is a lot more filling than carbs and fat, so helps you feel more full with less food. A study shows how powerful these effects are – increasing protein from 15% to 30% of calories made overweight women unintentionally eat 441 fewer calories a day, that’s 3087 fewer calories a week!
- Protein helps build muscle
Eating plenty of protein can help increase muscle mass and strength, helping you achieve the ‘toned’ look and also naturally increasing your metabolism. Keeping protein intake high is especially important when trying to lose weight, because it will prevent the breakdown of muscle.
- Protein can boost your metabolism
Protein is a lot more difficult for the body to digest compared to carbs and fat. This means that when you eat protein, your body will have to work a lot harder to break it down and will therefore naturally burn more calories.
Just about everyone can benefit from increasing their protein intake—it will make you leaner, stronger, and healthier, so make a couple swaps on your next food shop, you’ll be surprised at the results you’ll get.