The Ten nutritional Commandments – Part 5

 

The Ten nutritional Commandments- contd

Eat lean protein with Every meal.

When it comes to eating for fat loss, lean protein is essential. I say lean protein because many protein sources also contain very high amounts of saturated fats and are not well suited to fat loss (e.g., high-fat cuts of red meat, pork and dark poultry meat. However, lean protein sources, some of which include chicken and turkey breast, lean cuts of beef and pork, tuna, white fish, etc., are all excellent choices. Gram for gram, protein requires the most energy from your body to be broken down and metabolised-it has a very high energy cost. This means that the more lean  protein you eat the more energy your body is going to burn up.

Another great property of protein is its preference to be used as a building block rather than an energy source. While all foods can be converted to body fat when there is excess, protein is the least likely to do so. Your body much prefers to use protein to rebuild and repair, especially after a hard workout, rather than be stored as fat. Clear, right?

This means that if your diet is high in protein, you will burn far more calories than someone eating a low-protein diet. Also, if you do end up eating a few more calories than you intended, and those calories come from protein, then that extra protein is much more likely to go toward repairing your body from your workouts.

And finally, when you consume protein with a meal that also contains carbohydrate, the protein actually slow the rate at which the carbohydrate is converted to blood sugar. And since a quick spike in blood sugar promotes fat gain, by including a little protein with each meal, you can drastically reduce this risk.

For all these reasons, it is essential that you make sure each time you eat a meal, it contain at least a small serving of protein.