Protein plays an important role in losing weight and maintaining a great figure.
Overall, having enough intake protein in your daily diet will increase your metabolism, reduce cravings and induce losing weight hormones in your body.
Here is how your daily protein intake will help you lose that extra weight:
1. Protein reduces loss of muscle mass
When you exercise, you tend to burn fat which subsequently reduces your muscle mass.
You need those muscles because they work like a ‘factory’ that burns your fat.
Protein intake is essential to repair and rebuild your muscle cells which you lose during exercise.
2. It induce hormones which helps you to lose weight.
Taking enough protein will increase levels of the satiety (appetite-reducing) hormones GLP-1, peptide YY and cholecystokinin, while reducing your levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin.
When you are feeling less hungry, you will automatically eat fewer calories.
3. Digesting protein helps in burning more calories
Some calories are utilised to digest your food and this is what they called the thermic effect of food.
Protein has higher thermic effect (20-30 per cent) compared to carbs (5 to 10 per cent) and fat (0-3 per cent).
Having a high protein diet will make you burn more calories compared to a lower protein diet.
In other words, high protein diets have more “metabolic advantage” than low protein diets.
The best part is your body will continue to burn those calories all day long even when you are sleeping as it continues to digest.
4. Your protein intake can help to reduce craving
Having breakfast with high protein can help you reduce your craving for the rest of the day.
Plenty of studies show that by increasing your protein intake, you will start to eat fewer calories.
So having a high protein diet instead will make it easier to cut your calorie intake in one day.
Why not have hard-boiled eggs for breakfast starting today?