Are you the kind of person who eats meals and snacks that are high in protein?
Fab! You might be losing more weight than those who eat less protein and more carbs — this isn't really new information, though, because isn't Atkins based on this idea? We guess it's more of a confirmation!
During the study of an average of 12 weeks, people assigned at random to a high-protein diet lost about 1.8 extra pounds, and more body fat, than those assigned to a standard-protein diet. What didn't change was the participants' blood pressure, cholesterol levels or markers for diabetes risk.
The difference is kiiiiiiinda small, but it could be the exact edge you've been looking for! Plus, they analyzed 24 past trials that included a total of 1,063 people — so you know the trial is large enough to be trusted.
They don't know why a higher protein-to-carbohydrate ratio might help people lose more weight, though. It's possible the body may spend more energy, and burn more calories, processing protein compared to carbohydrates. Also, eating protein helps preserve muscle mass - and muscle mass burns more calories (even while you're resting)!
More studies are needed, obviously, but you might want to give this a try!
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