To kick off the New Year, I am doing a series called Fat Loss Basics! In the first episode, we talked about calories & hormones and the requirements for fat loss. In the second, we covered everything you need to know about carbs & fat loss.
In today’s episode we’re taking a deep dive into protein for fat loss including:
- How does protein support fat loss?
- How does protein make me feel fuller for longer?
- How does protein impact my hormones?
- How can protein improve my metabolic rate & body composition?
- What are the biggest mistakes people make with protein?
- Are beans protein?
- How do you know if you’re eating too much protein?
- What foods are proteins?
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Fat Loss Basics Part 3 – Protein for Fat Loss
Protein is a macronutrient, delivering 4 calories per gram
The building blocks of proteins are amino acids
Protein is more satiating than carbs or fat. This is because of the unique cell signaling that happens during protein digestion.
Protein leaves you feeling fuller for longer & allows for more time before hunger returns than other macronutrients (carbs & fat).
Protein also helps to control blood sugar & insulin. This supports fat loss but also helps control mood, energy, cravings & hunger.
There is no storage excess option for protein.
Excess protein can be used to generate glucose, increasing blood sugar, leading to an insulin response and potentially being converted to & stored as fat.
Glucogenic Amino Acids (amino acids that can be used to generate glucose but not ketones)
Ketogenic Amino Acids (amino acids that can be used to generate ketones but not glucose)
Amino Acids That Are Both Ketogenic & Glucogenic (amino acids that can be used to generate both glucose and ketones)