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The Importance of Protein for Weight Loss

Increase your protein intake for the beach body look

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Summer is fast approaching and many start seeking the most effective fat loss supplement, which they can factor into their weight loss plan. The problem? People often have unrealistic expectations. Add to this ineffective supplements that are available in the market and you are starting to get the picture. The truth is, you need to set a solid foundation before taking it to the next level.

You need to make sure that your diet is in check. If you are consuming the right types of proteins, carbohydrates and fats in the right amounts, then you’ve made one massive step forward in getting that beach body. So today we are going to look into the fat loss benefits that protein can provide.



Protein provides satiety

Protein provides a very good sense of satiety, meaning that you will not feel hungry all the time. This is especially the case when you are dieting and the constant feeling of hunger can be distracting, in some cases even frustrating. Also, chances are, you are much less likely to snack on something unhealthy when you had a proper meal.

Protein is hard to store in the body as fat

Protein is relatively hard to digest and thus the body uses more energy to digest it. This is known as thermic effect. Depending on the protein source, up to 20% of the calories coming from protein may be used in digestion. In comparison, carbohydrates are digested much more quickly and they are either used immediately as an energy source or stored. Dietary fat, while also being slowly digested, is much easier to store as body fat due to the similar structure. Protein, however, being a structural macronutrient, is harder to store. Therefore, from all the three macronutrients your body is least likely to store protein as body fat.

Protein preserves muscle

One of the most common problems for dieters is that they quickly regain the lost weight once they get back to their normal diet and in many cases even gain a few pounds extra. This usually happens when the calories are severely cut down and there is not enough protein to sustain the muscle mass. As a result, the body starts eating itself and breaks down muscle tissue to provide amino acids for vital functions.

Having a good amount of muscle will ensure that you burn more calories. This is due to the fact that muscles require more calories to be maintained and used. In other words, if you picture your body as a car and the muscles as horse powers, then the more horse powers you have, the more fuel you will need. Thus, it is essential for you to keep as much muscle as possible. Decreased amount of muscle tissue will mean that your calorie requirements will go down as well, leading to the yo-yo effect.

So now you are convinced that protein is essential for effective fat loss, you are probably wondering how to get the necessary amounts. Protein powders are an easy and convenient option. For example, each serving of LA Whey Gold provides you with almost 50g of quality muscle building protein. You can consume it at any time of the day and it tastes so good that you will be looking forward to your next shake. You can add it to all kind of breakfasts or deserts to boost the protein content. If you are in a rush in the morning, or just want the ultimate in convenience, then you might consider LA Whey Porridge or LA Whey Protein Pancake.

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