If You Want to Lose Weight, Eat More Lean Protein

protein shakeDid you know that your body creates heat when you eat? It’s called diet-induced thermogenesis, which means the creation of heat/energy by the foods that you eat. A good example of this is when you get a little hot and sweaty eating a big meal like on Thanksgiving day.

This is what happens…

The level of insulin in your body increases when you eat certain foods. This creates energy or heat. And as your body temperature goes up, your metabolism starts to kick into high gear. When that happens, your body starts to use energy stored in fat cells to support this additional output.

The higher the thermic effect of the foods you consume, the easier it is to burn stored fat. For example, fats are easily processed by your body and have little thermic effect. But proteins take longer to process and have a higher thermic effect than other types of foods. So eating a protein-filled diet helps trigger thermogenesis.

The problem is people have a hard time triggering diet-induced thermogenesis in our modern world. We eat processed foods without the proteins and fiber our bodies were designed to eat and very often when we do eat protein it’s high fat or paired with high carbohydrate food which impedes the thermogenic  process.

Lean protein such as white meat turkey, chicken, fish and especially high quality whey protein can raise your metabolism as much as 30%. Whereas, processed foods can decrease it by as much as 50% depending on the food. This means that if you eat 1000 calories of lean protein, 300 calories would be burned during the digestion process. So even though you consumed 1000 calories you only had a net gain of 700 calories. Now that’s what I call a good deal!

Start Your Day With Whey Protein

One of the easiest ways to eat more protein and boost your metabolism all day long, is to start your day with a high quality whey protein shake. Studies show that those who start the day this way lose 30% more weight then those who consume the same amount of daily calories but are eating a typical lowfat, high carb breakfast such as cereal.

More and more nutrition experts are coming to the conclusion, that the best type of diet for weight loss, health and energy, is a diet that’s high in lean proteins and fresh vegetables, with moderate amounts of healthy fats such as olive oil, avocados, nuts and coconut oil. Not only is this diet effective for helping you achieve your weight loss goals but it will leave you feeling satisfied and full of energy!

Give it a try I think you might like the results!

Should You Reduce Grains and Sugar?

low-carb-diet-77For several million years, humans existed on a diet of animals and vegetation. It was only with the advent of agriculture a mere 10,000 years ago – a fraction of a second in evolutionary time – that humans began ingesting large amounts of sugar and starch in the form of grains (and potatoes) into their diets. Indeed, 99.99% of our genes were formed before the advent of agriculture; in biological terms, our bodies are still those of hunter-gatherers.

While the human shift to agriculture produced indisputable gains for man – modern civilization is based on this epoch – societies where the transition from a primarily meat/vegetation diet to one high in cereals show a reduced lifespan and stature, increases in infant mortality and infectious disease, and higher nutritional deficiencies.

Contemporary humans have not suddenly evolved mechanisms to incorporate the high carbohydrates from starch- and sugar-rich foods into their diet. In short, we are consuming far too much bread, cereal, pasta, corn (a grain, not a vegetable), rice, potatoes and Little Debbie snack cakes, with very grave consequences to our health. Making matters worse, most of these carbohydrates we consume come in the form of processed food.

That 65% of Americans are overweight, and 27% clinically obese, in a nation addicted to sesame seed buns for that hamburger, with a side of French fries and a Coke, is no coincidence. It is not the fat in the foods we eat but, far more, the excess carbohydrates from our starch- and sugar-loaded diet that is making people fat and unhealthy, and leading to epidemic levels of a host of diseases such as diabetes.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, chances are very good that the excess carbohydrates in your body are, in part or whole, to blame:

  • Excess weight
  • Fatigue and frequent sleepiness
  • Depression
  • Brain fogginess
  • Bloating
  • Allergies
  • Low blood sugar
  • Persistent Headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • High triglycerides

We all need a certain amount of carbohydrates, of course, but, through our addiction to grains, potatoes, sweets and other starchy and sugary foods, we are consuming far too many. The body’s storage capacity for carbohydrates is quite limited, though, so here’s what happens to all the excess: they are converted, via insulin, into fat and stored in the adipose, or fatty, tissue.

Any meal or snack high in carbohydrates generates a rapid rise in blood glucose. To adjust for this rise, the pancreas secretes the hormone insulin into the bloodstream, which lowers the glucose. Insulin is, though, essentially a storage hormone, evolved over those millions of years of humans prior to the agricultural age, to store the excess calories from carbohydrates in the form of fat in case of famine.

Insulin, stimulated by the excess carbohydrates in our overabundant consumption of grains, starches and sweets, is responsible for all those bulging stomachs and fat rolls in thighs and chins.

Even worse, high insulin levels suppress two other important hormones – glucagons and growth hormones – that are responsible for burning fat and sugar and promoting muscle development, respectively. So insulin from excess carbohydrates promotes fat, and then wards off the body’s ability to lose that fat.

Excess weight and obesity lead to heart disease and a wide variety of other diseases. But the ill effect of grains and sugars does not end there. They suppress the immune system, contributing to allergies, and they are responsible for a host of digestive disorders. They contribute to depression, and their excess consumption is, in fact, associated with many of the chronic diseases in our nation, such as cancer and diabetes.

For a great way to get started eating a diet that includes less grains, download my free copy (box on the side of page) of “The 7 Day Jumpstart” – Bonnie