Will Eating More Protein Help You Burn More Calories

There is no shortage of high-protein diets claiming they will help you lose weight fast. Moreover, from Atkins to Paleo, the popularity of going low-carb continues to grow. However, some nutritionists will tell you that a calorie is a calorie. Essentially, it does not matter whether it comes from carbohydrates or protein, the key to all weight loss is creating a caloric deficit. If this is true, why are high protein diets so popular, and so many claiming to have outstanding results? Will eating more protein help you burn more calories?

1. Digestion Rate — First and foremost, protein will help curb hunger. Crabs, like fruits and vegetables, will take as few as 30 minutes to digest in your stomach. On the other hand, lean meats can have a digestion rate of 3 hours. The net result is feeling full longer.

2. Calorie Extraction — The next factor is the cost to digest your food. Every bodily function will burn calories as fuel, even digestion. Processing 100 calories from protein foods will require 30 calories of energy. This means a cost of 30 percent. However, fats will use 12 percent and carbs only 7 percent.

3. Sugar Highs — Many people will eat cereal or a donut for breakfast. The fast digestion and absorption rate of these carbohydrates will send your blood sugar skyrocketing. When you crash, it can cause you to become hungry and crave more sugar.

4. Fat Burning — Your body does not want to use your body fat for fuel. So, you have to force it. The slower digestion rate of protein will help encourage fat burning during the day, especially when engaging in physical activity.

5. Muscles — Without resistance training, 25 percent of all weight loss comes from muscle. Regardless, you need a protein surplus to ensure muscles have the building blocks to repair themselves and grow.

Ultimately, it is important to understand that protein is not a magic bullet for weight loss. Alone, it will not do much. In fact, an excessive amount of calories from protein will still cause you to gain weight. But, protein is your ally in the battle of the bulge. Therefore, even without a high protein diet, include healthy proteins with every meal and snack, and consume 25–30 grams of protein after resistance training.

Your Fitness Motivator,

Michael Gulyas