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Protein and Weight Loss Success
copyright 2006 by Greg Landry, M.S.





Over the years people have tried numerous diets. Carbohydrate-free diets, meat–free diets, and eat almost nothing diets. While some of these may have worked wonders for select few people, the results were not usually permanent. Once the person lost the desired weight and they returned back to their normal eating habits, the pounds started to add back on. So what is the key to success in weight loss? The answer is “protein.”

Numerous studies have shown that protein acts as an appetite suppressant. It sends a “stop eating” message to the brain. On average, protein makes up 15% of our daily calorie intake while fat is responsible for 35% and carbohydrates for 50%. However, recent studies have shown that increasing the amount of protein in our diets can help us lose weight and keep it off. By increasing our protein intake to 30 % daily, we can reduce our fat intake to 20%. The participants in this study lost an average of 11 pounds in just three months. Research which has been completed reveals that protein sparks our production of glucose in the small intestine. Once the message of increased glucose is sent to our brain we immediately experience appetite suppression. However protein has capabilities way beyond weight loss.

While carbohydrates can make us feel tired, consuming protein promotes alertness and activity. On top of the increase in energy, protein is also a vital component of numerous bodily functions. Our brain and the spidery neurons use protein in order to communicate with each other. Furthermore, the hormones and enzymes which control all bodily processes and cause chemical reactions are made of proteins. So as you can see, protein is essential in our daily lives. It can help us lose weight and improve the function of our bodily organs.




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