Weight loss: Can a high-protein diet boost metabolism?
Out of the three macronutrients, protein is considered important for losing weight and building muscles. Our body requires protein in a large amount daily to repair cells and make new ones. Besides, it helps to keep on fuller for a longer time and is said to boost your metabolism, which can speed up the weight loss process. These are a few reasons why it is always insisted to load up on protein when the objective is to lose weight.
Unfortunately, the link between metabolism and protein intake might not be as simple as it sounds. A recent study suggests that eating more protein does not help you lose weight. It can only ensure that you have more muscles than fat in the body.
02/4Debunking the truth about protein intake and metabolism
In a study presented at the Obesity Society Annual Meeting in Boston, it was revealed that it’s not the protein that increases the metabolism, but actually, due to muscle mass build by high protein intake. The researchers drew this conclusion after carrying out a detailed study to determine how protein intake influences metabolism. For this, they put 16 healthy adults on high-calorie diets for eight weeks. The diet was composed of different amounts of protein: 5 per cent, 15 per cent, and 25 per cent protein. In general, the participants ate 40 per cent more protein than what people generally eat to maintain a healthy weight. In the end, it was found that people on a high protein diet gained the same amount of weight. But the surprising thing was that people who ate a normal or high protein diet stored 45 per cent of the excess calories as muscle, while those on the low-protein diet stored 95 per cent of the excess calories as fat.