Still Looking To Shift That Stubborn Layer Of FAT!? Here's How Diet Protein's Can Help...

Weight loss, more specifically FAT LOSS is one of the main goals for many gym goers and fitness enthusiasts. Tell a big dude with bulging biceps and chest that they could 'lose weight' on a particular diet plan or supplement, and they'd probably tell you where you can go. Suggest that they may be able to lose FAT however...and they still might tell you where to go for the insinuation...but I bet secretly they'd be interested!

You see, weight loss and fat loss are two very different things. You could quite feasibly lose body fat and still not see total 'weight loss' on the weighing scales. One of the great side-effects of exercise is an increase in muscle to fat ratio, and although you'll start to look and feel better, the scales may not represent this because muscle weighs more than fat. Simple as that. There will inevitably come a time when the muscle growth slows and the fat burning continues, at this point you will start to see the scales come down...but don't expect this to happen over night. It's a slow and steady process, but it'll happen. Trust me, believe in the process.

Protein is understandably related to muscle growth and bulk, this is simply because the people consuming it generally have that goal in mind. But it's most definitely NOT all that protein shakes are good for. Protein, and particularly the humble protein shake, is now used in health, vitality and longevity, as well as performance enhancement and weight loss. Protein’s applications can range from treating age related muscle sarcopaenia (muscle wastage), managing muscle growth and recovery, as well as satiating hunger and supporting weight loss.

The Protein : Fat Loss relationship

Whey protein may undergo some small amounts of processing during the manufacturing process, the processing that milk undergoes to produce whey protein powder is actually key to its weight loss properties. The filtration processes extract the carbohydrate (lactose) and fat components from milk leaving you with just the good stuff… whey. By removing the excess carbs and fat, you inherently reduce the total calorie content of the protein, and less calories are good for weight loss.

Protein builds muscle to burn fat

A lot people wanting to burn fat don’t want to look bulky in the process, they are generally looking to strip off excess body fat whilst improving muscle tone. You can increase the metabolic load (energy expenditure) that your muscles place on your body without necessarily increasing the muscle size. Exercise (cardio or resistance training) increases your muscles energy expenditure, so does muscle...exercise, balanced diet and protein = fat loss.

Diet Proteins...

Diet proteins not only contain high levels of protein, but are also low in carbs, sugar and fat. Therefore calories are also comparatively low compared to other forms of protein, and on top of this they also contain the likes of Green Tea extract and Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), nutrition components that are believed to mobilise fat stores so that they can be burned for energy. Add to this the elevated gastrointestinal transit rate of fat through the bowel by adding fibre in the form of ground flaxseed, and you increase the physical excretion of excess fat you consume, as well as increase the feeling of fullness thanks to the chemical signalling back to your brain (up-regulation of leptin hormone and down regulation of ghrelin hormone).

About the Author

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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