Sixty percent of Americans say they’d like to lose 20 pounds, according to a new 2006 survey. If you are one of the tens of millions of Americans looking to take a few inches off your waistline, protein may help your weight loss program.
Protein, an important nutrient and fuel for the body, also aids in weight loss, according to researchers who have found a link between protein and hunger. French scientists from Lyon University found a potential new target for the treatment of eating disorders. “It is well known that protein feeding decreases hunger sensation and subsequent food intake in animals and humans,” said study author Gilles Mithieux. Protein not only provides satiety, but aids in maintaining lean muscle mass while losing unwanted fat.
Another recent study demonstrated the beneficial impact of protein. People following lower-carbohydrate/higher-protein diets lost more weight than those on a low-fat/low-cholesterol/low-calorie diet over a six-month period, although differences in weight loss after one year were similar for both diets. Improvements in some risk factors for coronary heart disease were seen in the low-carbohydrate/higher-protein diet group, including greater decreases in triglycerides and greater increases in HDL cholesterol (also referred to as good cholesterol) levels.
Including lean meat and poultry in your diet can be healthy as well as convenient. “Certain cuts or parts of beef, chicken, pork and turkey are all packed with protein, low in fat and saturated fat, and have an excellent nutrient profile,” notes nutrition expert Michelle Tuttle, R.D. Look for lower-fat meat and poultry choices such as:
- Lean beef cuts such as round steaks and roasts (round eye, top round, bottom round, round tip), top loin, top sirloin, and chuck shoulder and arm roasts.
- Lean pork such as pork loin, tenderloin, center loin, and ham.
- Extra-lean ground beef. The label should say at least “90% lean.” You may be able to find ground beef that is 93% or 95% lean.
- Ground white meat turkey (99% fat free).
- Skinless poultry-chicken or turkey-or take off the skin before eating.
- Boneless, skinless chicken breasts and turkey cutlets or turkey tenderloins are the leanest poultry choices.
- Choose lean turkey, roast beef, ham, or low-fat luncheon meats for sandwiches instead of luncheon meats with more fat, such as regular bologna or salami.
While there are both animal and plant sources for protein, meat products such as lean meat and poultry offer essential vitamins and minerals that are often lacking in the American diet. Mix in some physical activity and you have a great recipe for a healthier lifestyle in 2017.
What Is the Best Protein Supplement?
This is a question that experienced bodybuilders are commonly asked by those who are just starting out, and it is a question that really doesn’t have a simple answer…or does it? The truth is that the best protein supplement is usually one that you make yourself, usually with a combination of other protein supplements. Furthermore, the best protein supplements are those that are consumed immediately after your workout.
Don’t listen to the carb hysteria! Carbohydrates are very important to bodybuilders. They will not make you fat, as long as you are taking in the right carbs, at the right time, in the right amounts. In fact, without carbs, your body will burn protein for fuel, and you need that protein to feed your muscles. Let carbs fuel your body instead. The best protein supplement will contain about 25 of your daily intake of protein, post workout. Whey protein is the best protein for this purpose.
You must add glutamine! While you have your insulin levels high, this is the perfect time to restore the amount of glutamine in your body. This glutamine plays a vital role in muscle repair. 2 to 5 grams of glutamine needs to be added to the best protein supplement for your post workout. You’ll be amazed at how great your feel.
Hopefully, you understand that creatine is important pre-workout, but you also need to realize that it plays a vital role post workout as well. When used with water, which should be a part of your post workout protein supplement, creatine flows into your muscle cells, and helps to rehydrate them. It also starts up stimulating anabolic processes. 3 to 10 grams of creatine are recommended, post workout.
There you have it. The best protein supplement, used after your workout, will contain all of the previous mentioned nutrients. Again, finding one product that does it all is just about impossible. Learn to mix products for the best results.