Eating More Protein Helps Keep Fat Off

Posted on November 24, 2008. Filed under: weightloss | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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An Australian study into diets that help to move fat deposits or keep fat off altogether has found that eating higher protein meals helps to burn fat more efficiently, especially for those who are already overweight or obese.

“Study participants were put on two protein-enriched meals and one standard meal, which all contained the same number of kilojoules. The two protein-enriched meals differed in the type of carbohydrate they contained – either high- or low-GI. The amount of kilojoules subjects burnt was then measured.

The high-protein meals led to the greatest level of fat oxidation. This plan included a cheese and tomato omelette for breakfast, and a beef, chutney and salad sandwich, with a tub of low-fat yoghurt, for lunch.

“We found a clear relationship between body composition and the effect of dietary protein on fat oxidation. Our bodies burn energy and use fat differently, and we need to take this into account when planning our diets,’ said Dr. Batterman who works at the Smart Foods Centre at the University of Wollongong.” Medical News Today

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