Saturday, August 02 2014
The amount of quality protein in your diet is the single most important calorie that influences your metabolic rate and may favourably influence weight loss when balanced with complex carbohydrates. Quality protein also helps you sustain muscle during weight loss, improve muscle fitness, immunity, and antioxidant function, build HDL cholesterol (that's the good one!), and enhance insulin function.
One easy way to get a lot of leucine, without any fat, is to use high quality whey protein. Casein, a common dairy protein allergen, is not part of whey protein. The finest whey proteins use advanced filtration technology to leave all the protein molecules intact. In this process saturated fat, cholesterol, and lactose are removed, yielding a very useful leucine rich food for metabolic enhancement.
The highest sources of leucine containing foods are animal and dairy. Cottage cheese and red meat top the list; other sources include milk, cheese, eggs, pork, fish, chicken, legumes, peanuts, nuts, and seeds. If you avoid red meat and dairy products, it is harder to get leucine containing foods in higher amounts, though not impossible. Using whey protein makes it easy. I always recommend individuals avoid processed soy protein (like soy protein drinks), as it can cause thyroid imbalances in higher amounts.
Eating two eggs for breakfast has been shown to boost weight loss by 65% compared to the same amount of calories from carbohydrates, like a cereal or toast.
A Full Health MOT will rebalance your body, and test your protein status as well as vitamin, mineral and Essential fats deficiencies. Call Gail on 01249 818758