A common scenario as summer looms closer, being faced with the 3pm hunger pains resulting in snacking on the contents of our pantry all while wanting to flaunt your new swimsuit come December! Don’t panic we have all been there. But the answer for many us could be more pain free and easier than we thought!
If you are wanting to lose body fat and tone up for the warmer months then increasing the amount of protein in your diet could be the easiest and pain free dieting tool available.
Caseinomacropeptite found in whey protein affects our gastrointestinal hormones, which results in an increase feeling of satiety. This basically means that instead of still feeling hungry when you just ate you will feel full for a longer period of time.
Protein has been shown to increase dietary-induced thermogenesis more than any other macronutrient. Put simply, your body burns more calories digesting protein than it does digesting fats or carbs. So eating more protein over carbs and fats mean that you will burn more calories just by eating!
Protein supports the development and maintenance of lean muscle. The more lean muscle you have the greater your metabolic rate is. Protein helps to develop and maintain lean muscle, which leads to your body having a faster metabolism and being able to burn calories more efficiently.
Consuming more protein means that you will feel fuller for longer and be less likely to snack or binge eat. Studies have shown that having a breakfast high in protein reduces the amount of calories you consume throughout the day.
A study conducted in America on overweight teenage girls showed that a high protein breakfast resulted in an increase in body fat loss and a reduction of 400 calories consumed per day!
From increasing your metabolism to consuming fewer calories throughout the day increasing the amount of protein in your diet can really help you to boost start your weight loss journey and shed your winter layers in time for summer!