Are you getting enough protein in your diet?

There are many dietary philosophies out there. Some are based on science and others are folklore. But in fact the science has been pretty  clear…The best dietary plans for weight loss are not necessarily low carb but they are all high in protein. There are many benefits to increasing protein intake. Eating a high protein diet helps preserve muscle mass while shedding fat. That is important in improving body composition but also in maintaining a high metabolism while dieting. The more muscle mass one has the greater the metabolic rate or calorie burning potential.

Protein is also an important nutrient in signaling fullness to the brain. When the brain senses fullness you are less likely to have cravings and are more likely to stay satisfied between meals.

The RDA or recommended daily amount of protein is 56 grams per day for adult men, and 46 grams per day for adult women.

However, studies show the necessary amount of protein to prevent loss of muscle is 2-3 times the RDA. Meaning increasing the daily amount of protein (to 90-110 grams daily or more) can help prevent loss of muscle, help maintain a strong metabolism and help you lose and maintain weight while dieting. There are many  sources of protein. Of course fish, poultry and meat are the highest dietary sources of protein. However, still dietary sources can be insufficient. Supplementing with high quality low calorie protein powders can help you achieve high intake without the extra calories.

But not all protein powders are created equal. The processing of whey protein determines the quality and bioavailability (or how easily and thoroughly it is absorbed). Protein powders have also been known to contain contaminants that can be harmful. Our high quality whey protein is tested for purity, cold-pressed and microfiltered. It is also a great source of protein providing 3 times the protein for the same calories as an egg. Adding 1-2 protein shakes as a meal replacement or a snack can help reduce calories, keep you full longer and can be a great complement to a weight loss plan.


Center for Weight Loss and Nutrition


Wishing you a happy and healthy you.

Dr. Adrienne Youdim

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