Losing bodyfat can be hard work, a weeks worth of exercise can be blown out the door from a single night of over indulgence. Often times your body will fight you tooth and nail to hang onto bodyfat it does not want to let go of. Thats why it is important to stack the chips in your favour by following a diet that can not only be easily followed, but also takes advantage of what is referred to as the 'Thermic Effect of Food'
The thermic effect of food is the amount of energy your body uses to digest and process the foods that we eat. The table below outlines the increase in your metabolic rate based on the three basic nutrient groups.
|Nutrient||Increase in metabolic rate over baseline|
|Protein||20 to 35%|
|Carbohydrate||5 to 15%|
|Fat||5 to 15%|
As you can see, your body uses an enormous amount more energy to digest Proteins compared to Carbohydrate & Fats. If we are trying to burn calories on the treadmill it absolutely makes sense to keep that fat burning going while we sit down at the dinner table. A diet that is high in protein will keep your metabolic fire stoked and have you burning calories in and out of the gym. At this point in time its also worth noting that Carbohydrates & Fats also play vital roles in our body so its why we always recommend a well rounded high protein diet that utilises all three key nutrients.
By utilising the thermic effects of protein you have now added another simple yet extremely effective tool in your weight management arsenal. A goal of losing bodyfat comes with a myriad of health benefits including but not limited to:
Losing bodyfat is long term process and is not something than can be done overnight. By eating high protein foods with complex carbohydrates and heart healthy fats, you will be well and truly on the road to a happier and healthier you.
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