Protein for weight loss #11 of 15 : The Importance of Protein in Maintaining a Healthy Weight

Understanding why people put on weight is important for knowing how to lose weight. As many factors contribute to being in a calorie surplus. These include leading an inactive or sedentary lifestyle, having poor eating habits, stress, and hormonal imbalances.

Overeating leads to a calorie surplus, and those extra calories are stored as fat for future use. So

If your are consuming more calories than what you burn throughout the day with physical activity and your metabolic processes combined, You’ll put on weight.

How protein helps prevent weight gain. As discussed in previous posts, protein is highly satiating, it controls hunger leading to a reduction in food intake. By consuming enough protein, you’ll prevent overeating and reduce overall calories eaten, which helps prevent weight gain.

In addition, protein boosts your metabolism and increases your energy expenditure.It requires more energy to digest and metabolise than other macronutrients. This increases the number of calories burned during digestion leading to an increase in overall energy expenditure, which helps prevent weight gain.

Furthermore, protein helps preserve lean body mass. This is important because muscle tissue is metabolically active and burns more calories at rest. By consuming enough protein to prevent muscle loss, will burn more calories throughout the day, even when you're not exercising. Which is another great way protein helps prevent weight gain.

People put on weight when they consume more calories than they burn. Adding protein to your diet helps prevent weight gain by reducing appetite, boosting metabolism, and preserving lean body mass, which all help to keep you in a calorie deficit, promoting weight loss.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's post where we'll discuss another great benefit of eating more protein!

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