by Yasmin Nolasco

We often hear how we should limit our carbohydrate and fat intake but what about protein? Patients who are attempting to lose weight have mentioned to me that they feel guilty for eating too much meat. Meanwhile, an adequate amount of protein is exactly what people need to eat to feel satiated to lose weight.

In fact, research shows that a high protein diet often helps people lose weight. How much is adequate?

The Daily Value (DV) for protein is 50 grams per day and some believe a bit more is better to build muscle or lose fat. A high-protein diet boosts metabolism and leads to an automatic reduction in calorie intake and cravings, many people who increase their protein intake tend to lose weight almost instantly.

Best proteins depend on the person as we all digest differently. Some digest red meat best while others digest beans the best. Listen to your body and pay attention to indigestion. Note that pork and  2+ eggs a day is known to increase cholesterol. Try drinking protein smoothies or shakes for breakfast for that extra boost. If you are pre-diabetic or attempting to lose weight keep in mind that increasing your protein intake by 30% while limiting simple carbohydrates will help lose excess fat. All this is combined with physical activity.  Notice if you have a pre-existing kidney disease a high protein diet is not ideal as this may cause stress in the kidney. Also, keep in mind that if you are exercising and building muscle it will add to your weight as muscle is heavier than fat. Measure your waist to make sure you are losing inches of fat.

In summary, if you want to increase metabolic rate consider increasing your protein intake.

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