1. YOU NATURALLY EAT LESS
In the beginning of your weight loss journey, protein is important because it helps keep you fuller for longer. Eating protein slows down digestion making us more satisfied and less likely to go back for seconds. If this happens over the course of multiple days, you are more likely to get into a calorie deficit.
2. SUSTAINABLE ENERGY
Ever found yourself craving something sweet mid afternoon only to go on and make food decisions we later regret? Well you can prevent this by pairing protein with your carbohydrate-rich foods. The two work together to slow down the absorption of sugar from your stomach into your bloodstream, which may help keep your blood sugar from skyrocketing and ward off future cravings.
3. PROTEIN BURNS MORE CALORIES
The “thermic effect of food” (TEF) is the energy we use to digest food into small, absorbable components. Protein has a higher TEF compared to carbs and fat meaning you’re actually burning more calories to process protein than the other two.
4. INCREASED FAT BURNING
It may be surprising, but it is a scientific fact that your body cannot effectively burn and use fat as energy if it doesn’t have help from either carbohydrate or protein. As you are losing weight, your body loses both muscle and fat, so during this process, it is especially important that you continue to eat enough protein in your diet. Having enough protein coming in from your food fuels fat burning while preserving calorie-burning muscle.
5. MUSCLE REPAIR & GROWTH
Your protein needs increase especially after bouts of intense exercise, so increasing your protein intake on days that you exercise is beneficial. In addition, if you strength train, which all members of OnPoint do, consider having a high protein snack right after a training session when the muscle is sensitive to nutrients that it can use to repair and grow.
If you would like more information about protein and tips on how to choose the healthiest forms, make sure you sign up to our Team Training or Personal Training as we will be handing out leaflets and posting weekly recipes in our private Facebook group, which is exclusive to members of OnPoint Training.