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.