Protein really does pack the punch for effective weight loss. Effective weight loss is beyond willpower and calorie counting. Unfortunately, the majority of our citizens today are overweight or obese. Obesity is now an ‘epidemic’. Even more alarming is the contribution of obesity to ill health is apparently now greater than that of tobacco smoking. Recent studies suggest obesity is a fundamental driver of some of our most significant health conditions. Health conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, osteoarthritis, and dementia.
Getting the weight off and keeping it off is often not easy. Delicious nourishment and exercise are undoubtedly the paths back to a healthy weight. What also needs addressing are conditions including; appetite control, low metabolic rate, lack of motivation, chronic metabolic acidosis, gut toxicity, stress and environmental chemical overload.
Protein Really Does Pack The Punch
When we haven’t eaten for a while, hormones like ghrelin provide a powerful hunger signal to our brain. Boosting the protein content of a meal has the significant effect on lowering these signals. This is why I encourage my clients to enjoy quality protein throughout their day. It has a massive impact on weight loss. In addition to decreased appetite, other proven benefits of protein may include; preventing the loss of muscle mass, a common problem while dieting and increasing metabolic rate. Protein is the most thermogenic macronutrient. A high protein diet has been shown to increase post-meal thermogenesis. This is compared to a high carbohydrate diet, providing a significant metabolic advantage.
They say our drive to seek food is one of the strongest physiological compulsions. Our brain is wired to ensure we continue to supply the body with essential nutrients. This behavioural reinforcement is mediated by the same centre in our brain which creates addictions. Addictions to behaviours such as drug-taking and gambling, via the release of dopamine and serotonin.
Nic Makim is a nutritionist, naturopath, health coach and blogger focusing on weight loss, cleansing, vitality and healthy ageing.