If you’re like most people, losing some weight tops your list of New Year’s resolutions. Recently, the diet pendulum has swung in favor of counting calories—an effective weight-loss tool, but not one that always prioritizes protein. “Many people perceive foods that are rich in protein as being high in calories or fattening,” says Laura J. Kruskall, Ph.D., R.D., director of nutrition sciences at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.
What’s more, the best sources of protein (fish, meat, dairy, beans) aren’t as quick or convenient as most carbs or even fruits and veggies. That may help explain why up to a third of women between the ages of 20 and 40 don’t get their RDA of protein, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And in light of the fact that a growing number of nutritionists believe that the current dietary guidelines for protein are way too low, we’re really missing out.
The moment you take that first bite, protein starts slimming your waistline. High-protein foods take more work to digest, metabolize, and use, which means you burn more calories processing them. They also take longer to leave your stomach, so you feel full sooner and for a longer amount of time. The cumulative effect has obvious benefits for anyone who is watching their weight.
In a study published in Nutrition Metabolism, dieters who increased their protein intake to 30 percent of their diet ate nearly 450 fewer calories a day and lost about 11 pounds over the 12-week study without using any other dietary measures. And, if you’re burning calories as well as counting them, protein is doubly essential for making sure you lose fat, not muscle. Your body uses the amino acids in protein to build lean muscle, which not only makes you stronger and more toned but also cuts calories even when you’re not active—unlike fat. Ultimately, this keeps your metabolism cruising along at a high speed so you can even burn off the occasional cookie!
Dr. Newton’s Naturals has made it easy for you to take advantage of the power of protein in your quest to lose weight. Advanced Gold Standard Whey Protein powder, with SuproXP soy and top quality whey is a convenient and delicious meal replacement shake. Each serving is packed with:
- A whopping 26 grams of protein
- A full 2 grams of fiber (FDA Good Source of Fiber)
- Powerful antioxidants found in cocoa powder (chocolate only)
- 100% of the RDA of Vitamin B
This new and improved creamy shake comes in two delicious flavors: chocolate and vanilla. With a better texture and enhanced flavor, you are sure to enjoy the many benefits of this superior formula including:
- More permanent weight loss
- Increased energy and stamina
- Decreased risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes
A Johns Hopkins University study found that a diet in which roughly a quarter of the calories (about 60 percent more than the recommended 10 to 15 percent) come from lean protein sources reduced blood pressure, LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, and triglycerides better than a traditional higher-carb diet. Other research finds that diets rich in protein can help prevent obesity, osteoporosis, and diabetes.