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Understanding Protein and Fat Burning

By Dr. Eric Berg DC
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There are so many questions about protein, especially about its importance in weight loss. If you want to really understand protein, keep on reading.

High-protein diets are popular among people who want to shed some weight. However, when a person eats protein for weight lossthey have to check the fat content as well. Some high-protein foods are also high in fat, and these types of protein foods do not help burn fat. 

The best proteins come from lean meats, fish, beans, and poultry.

Beans, when eaten in moderation, are great sources of protein. But since they are also high in carbohydrates, they eventually turn into sugar and often become stored in the body as fat.

Fish is the best source of protein for a weight-loss diet. Eating fish and seafood with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits can really help you achieve your weight goal fast.

Lean meat with vegetables also works to burn fat in the body. But when you eat a piece of steak, don't load up on potatoes and rice. Instead, eat your meat with salad or other vegetables to help speed up the fat-burning process. Protein often makes you feel fuller, so this also helps you cut down on the amount of food you eat. 

Yogurt and cheese are good sources of protein, but you have to take them in moderation. You can eat some for a snack or late-night treat, but be sure to watch your portions.

Whole grains have little protein in them and plenty of carbohydrates that turn into sugar, which often turns into fat. Because of this, you have to limit the amount of bread and pasta that you eat — even if they are made of whole wheat. It’s best to eliminate refined sugar from your diet completely.

Eggs are a good source of protein, but they are high in fat. Having them a few times a week for breakfast with some fruit or vegetables should be adequate. Fish is still one of the best sources of fat-burning protein, so they can be your main daily source of protein.

Too much protein is not good. You have to balance it with other food groups.

To avoid making your liver work overtime, don’t eat too much protein. You can also balance your protein consumption with plenty of vegetables. Vegetables like kale have 16 percent protein and plenty of vitamins and minerals, so don’t forget to add them to your diet.

Don't forget to exercise, too! Walking, swimming, biking, or going to the gym really helps burn fat.
There are many different considerations when using protein for weight loss. Remember the tips above so you can get your proteins right.

 

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