It’s a common problem.
Why does it happen? Well, it’s probably down to more than one thing but I’m going to talk about an important aspect of it today.
It may be to do with you not eating enough of this one ingredient…
Research shows that when you’re eating for weight loss (well, specifically for fat loss), you should be eating more protein. Scientists came to the conclusion (after many research results) that you should be eating at least 1 gram of protein per pound of lean bodyweight when you’re on a weight/fat loss programme, combined with regular exercise.
Ref: International Journal of Sports Nutrition, http://www.jissn.com/content/11/1/19
Without having your body fat measured, it’s hard to know how much lean bodyweight you have. One way of finding out how much protein you need to eat is to identify how much you want to weigh – the end result if you’re on a weight loss programme. Eat 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight. So, if your goal is to get down to a 140 pounds, then aim to eat 140 grams of protein per day.
What sort of foods do I mean?
Well, I’m talking about lean meat, poultry, nuts, seeds, natural yogurt, free-range eggs, beans, Feta cheese, tofu, fermented soya, fish and quinoa. There are more but that’s a good list for now.
Research also shows that if you eat eggs for breakfast, you’ll end up eating almost 300 calories less each day. That will go a long way in your weight loss journey.
Protein is also great after workouts, especially whey protein. It helps to repair muscle tissue, prevents muscle breakdown and stabilises blood sugar levels. If you’re dairy-free, you can replace the whey with hemp or pea protein.
So, I’d suggest that you make sure you start eating enough protein in your daily diet. Combined with healthy fats and wholesome carbohydrates, you should notice a difference.
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