3 Reason To Add More Protein To Your Diet
Research shows that high-quality protein ate throughout the day can help with weight loss, according to Dr. Melina Jampolis, who says that protein is the starting point for The Doctor On Demand Diet: Your Prescription For Lasting Weight Loss .
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1. Protein helps keep your blood sugar stable.
When you eat carbohydrate-containing foods, your body violate them down into simple sugar( glucose) and sends it into your bloodstream. Your pancreas, an organ situated behind your stomach, renders the hormone insulin, whose chore it is to usher blood sugar into your cells for energy.
Foods that break down rapidly into simple sugars cause a rapid rise in your blood sugar, followed by an equally rapid fall. When blood sugar fells, low blood sugar triggers hunger and stifles your energy level and, often, your mood. This series of events can lead to cravings for sugar and carbohydrates, because sugary foods create your blood sugar more quickly than other foods. You may have experienced this after eating a high-sugar or high-carb breakfast — a donut, tart, or bagel with orange juice, for example. Your energy peaked initially due to the large rush of sugar you dumped into your system, but then it fell just as rapidly, leaving you feeling hungry, low, and craving more sweets.
Our goal in all phases of the Doctor On Demand Diet is to keep blood sugar relatively stable, because that helps you control hunger and cravings. One of the best ways to do this is to include protein in your meals and snacks.
2. Protein helps control starvation and cravings.
Calorie for calorie, protein is more filling than carbohydrates or fat. Research has shown — and I’ve insured it among my patients as well — that on a higher-protein diet, people feed less and feel fuller than when they feed a high-carb diet. This consequence may be especially significant with a higher-protein breakfast.
3. Protein helps you lose the right kind of weight.
Your goal is to lose fat rather than lean muscle. Various studies have shown that diets higher in protein can assist you preserve muscle mass and lose more fat( especially belly fat ). This is good for your metabolism, because muscle burns more calories than fat. Having less belly fat also improves your health because excess bely fat is associated with several chronic diseases.
I don’t advise you to go overboard on protein, or to think that eating protein means helping yourself to large portions of fatty meat, unlimited amounts of nuts, or large portions of full-fat dairy foods. But because protein helps control hunger and maintain blood sugar stable throughout the day, it can help you stick to your healthy eating scheme and feel good along the way. That’s why I recommend feeing some sort of protein with every dinner and most of your snacks.
Modified excerpt from The Doctor On Demand Diet: Your Prescription For Lasting Weight Loss by Melina Jampolis, MD( Ghost Mountain Books ). Ghost Mountain Books, Inc ., along with Doctor on Demand, is owned, in part, by Dr. Phillip C. McGraw and Jay McGraw .
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