Why Protein and Weight Loss Go Hand in Hand
A high-protein weight loss plan is the always a good way to go. And you know it’s catching on when it’s the focus of so many diets out there. So what’s the big deal? Here are a few reasons why you should make protein your new bestie, especially if you want to shed a few pounds.
Protein keeps you full
Because foods that are high in protein take longer to digest, you’ll fill up quicker and process it slower. Make no mistake - the processing part puts your body to work. A lot of work. And that means more calories burned.
Protein promotes muscle growth and repair
Especially if you’re active, this is one to pay attention to. Increasing your intake whenever you do any kind of exercise should go onto your to do list, but make it a must-do thing if you’ve just pumped some iron. It’s the best time to take advantage of all the nutrients protein offers, and that’s why so many gyms have protein shakes available. The only problem there is that while you do get a healthy dose of protein, more often than not you’re also getting slammed with sugar and possibly a lot of fat. You’re better off making your own shake at home. Bonus: it’s less expensive that way too.
Protein can kill the late-night snacking
If evenings are when you’re most likely to sabotage a day of healthy eating, a lack of protein may be to blame. Give a spoonful or two of almond butter a try for dessert and see how you feel. It may not be as sweet as chocolate, but it does the job and your waistline will thank you later.
Protein squashes the afternoon slump
Skip the fast high the vending machine provides and just plan your day a little better by incorporating some protein. Mixing it with a healthy carb like sweet potatoes will keep your blood sugar stable and make that oh-so-exhausting 3pm crash nonexistent.
Our advice? Pick some new sources of protein that excite you and eat up. Because grilled chicken breasts are so last season.