Increasing the protein ratio within the diet appears to trigger multiple benefits that promote better fat metabolism.

Researchers from the University of Illinois have shown in studies that greater fat loss is directly related to the increase in the ratio of protein in the diet. These studies have shown, through blood glucose and insulin responses, that greater fat loss was due to better control of blood sugar and insulin as a result of this higher protein ratio.

Other studies have shown that a high protein intake provides an appetite-suppressive effect and increases satiety between meals. Higher protein intake appears to ease that gnawing hunger that occurs between meals.

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Nutritional scientists already understand that a high-protein diet increases thermogenesis (an increase in heat production within the body). This effect triggers a higher rate of fat metabolism.

Therefore, a diet that is high in protein and moderate in carbohydrates is the research-proven strategy for rapid improvements in body composition.

For years, AST Sports Science has prescribed a high protein intake for athletes that want to improve their lean muscle to body fat ratio. Look, protein builds muscle. You can’t build muscle without it. The more lean muscle you have, the higher your metabolic rate. A higher metabolic rate allows your body to burn more fat more efficiently 24-hours a day.

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I have been told that high protein intake will speed fat loss. Is this correct? How does that work?

by Paul Cribb Ph.D. CSCS. time to read: 1 min