DO NOT Overlook Protein When Trying To Burn Fat

Just a friendly reminder of the important role that protein has to play in fat loss. Muscle is one of the most metabolically active parts of your body, when at rest your skeletal muscle burns a significant amount of calories just to maintain your upright posture, to hold your limbs in place and to allow you to breath and produce energy…yes, even produce energy! All of these jobs come at a cost, they all require energy meaning your muscles may need to draw from your fat stores for energy. Obviously this is beneficial when it comes to burning fat so all I’m trying to say in this brief post is this…

If you want to burn more fat then increase your lean muscle mass through cardio and, in particular, resistance training. The energy expended during exercise will burn fat, the recovery period after will burn fat, and the increase in muscle mass secondary to exercise will increase energy requirements and thus fat loss. So naturally if you want to increase muscle mass it pays to consume a liquid source of protein to promote recovery and lean muscle synthesis! Protein also causes a greater thermic effect when being digested resulting in a raised metabolism and secondary fat loss!


Tipton, K, D. & Luc van Loon, (2013). Nutritional Coaching Strategy to Modulate Training Efficiency. Nestle Nutrition Institute.

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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