Protein helps you burn fat. Therefore it should make up a good proportion of your daily food intake. Here’s why…
Lets quickly clarify what sorts of protein I mean. Chicken, turkey, fish, prawns, beans, eggs, nuts. There are many, many more but these are the ones that should be a REGULAR part of your diet.
So here’s 4 reasons why eating protein burns fat;
1/ 30% thermal effect of food.
When you eat protein your body automatically burns 30% of the calories off straight away. Compare that to 10% for carbs and 5% for fats and you can already see how protein will help you burn more calories.
2/ Fills you up for longer
Studies have shown that eating protein makes you feel fuller for longer that any other type of food. This means you will be far less likely to feel the need to snack.
3/ Helps build and maintain lean muscle.
For every extra pound of muscle your body has you burn an extra 50 calories a day automatically. So imagine the difference with an extra 5/6 pounds of muscle on your body (and this is LEAN muscle by the way not big, bulky muscle. No other food type extra protein helps you build this muscle.
4/ Low calorie and low fat
Finally in the right forms protein is low fat and low calorie, leading to a lower total calorie intake per meal than if you ate more of the other food types.
Today’s Takeaway – I hope that has convinced you. Eat more protein to help you burn more fat. Aim to get a portion (equivalent of a chicken breast of piece of fish) for lunch and dinner every day and have a couple of … Read more->
This entry was posted on March 10, 2011 at 3:06 pm and is filed under nutrition, protein. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
Did you know that by eating certain foods your body burns 30% of the calories off straight away, whereas with other foods it only burns of 5%? And the best part is these foods can easily be broken down in categories!
Protein is important when you are tyring to lose weight because it’s lean, low fat and helps you to build lean muscle mass. But that’s just the tip of the ice berg really…
The ‘thermal effect of food’ is basically how much and how quickly your body burns off the calories that you eat. So by eating the correct foods, you will be burning a far larger percentage of the calories than by eating other foods.
Here’s how the 3 main food groups match up;
Fat – 5% (thermal effect of food)
Carbs – 10%
Protein – 30%
So if you ate 1000 calories worth of protein, your body naturally and automatically burns 300 of those calories straight off. However if you ate 1000 calories worth of fat your body would only burn off 50 of them.
So that’s 250 calories difference per day, 1750 per week, and over 7000 per month! Imagine the difference it would make to your weight if you were able to ‘automatically’ burn 7000 more calories per month!
Of course I am not recommending just eating protein alone. You need an amount of carbs and fats to maintain a healthy diet and provide your body with all the nutrients you need.
However eating a diet high in lean proteins such as chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, etc, are very clear.
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This entry was posted on October 4, 2010 at 3:59 pm and is filed under protein. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
I am going to reveal my own personal 3 ‘superfoods.’ This is not particularly based on the nutritional value they provide you with, but with fat-burning effect they have on your body.
We have all seen charts like the one above. Of course fruit, vegetables, etc are healthy and will help us maintain a healthy lifestyle and perhaps lose weight.
But this article will delve into foods that actively stimulate your body’s metabolism and help you burn fat.
1/ Chicken – I truly believe this should be the basis of everyone’s diet (unless you are a veggie of course!) It contains high protein content that will help your body recover after exercise and well as maintaining and building lean muscle, which is the single most effective way to burn fat. Roast a chicken at the weekend and use it for sandwich meat for lunches during the week.
2/ Bananas - Firstly bananas are a great source of vitamins and minerals which puts you body in the best position to raise its metabolism and burn fat. But I have chosen bananas over other fruits due the carbohydrate it contains. They contains natural, slow release carbohydrate which is perfect for (a) making you feel fuller for longer, and (b) preventing the need to indulge in other, more calorific carbs.
3/ Raw Nuts – Not only do these act as a particularly filling snack, but are pack full of healthy poly and mono-unsaturated fatty oils too. These oils are absolutely essential for the absorbtion of vitamins and minerals into your body. And as discussed above, these vitamins and minerals will help increase your metabolism.
Today’s Takeaway - Get these 3 foods into your diet more regularly and your body will burn more fat.
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This entry was posted on March 31, 2010 at 2:52 pm and is filed under Fruit and Veg, metabolism, nutrition. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
Apart from ‘weight loss,’ ‘toning up’ or getting ‘toned muscles’ is the most common fitness goal. Men and women alike want to know what exercises and what food they should be eating to achieve toned figures and physiques. So what’s the secret?
It’s important to clear up what ‘toning up’ actually is to begin with. The idea that muscle actually ‘tone up’ is a myth. You either build lean muscle or lose lean muscle. Don’t panic ladies, what I am about to advise you to do WILL NOT make you big or bulky. It will give you the ‘toned’ effect. But it’s important to understand what you are actually trying to achieve, and that’s to build lean muscle.
Firstly you must lift weights and/or do bodyweight exercises. This could be anything from doing traditional free weights in a gym, or simply doing press-ups, squats, etc at home. Doing these sorts of exercises on a regular basis, as opposed to doing cardio, will allow you body’s muscle tissues to break down and build back up stronger and leaner, giving you the ‘toned effect.’
Secondly, you must eat a high protein diet. So poultry, fish, etc, should make up a proportion of every meal you have. For the same reason as above, it will aid your body to build and sustain lean muscle. This will not only make you look more toned, but allow you to burn more fat also.
Today’s Takeaway - ‘Toning up,’ or more accurately building lean muscle, is a straightforward combination of correct nutrition and correct exercise.
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This entry was posted on February 10, 2010 at 10:19 am and is filed under Home Exercise, nutrition, Uncategorized, weights. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.