Did you know an increase in protein intake can lead to better health, increased metabolism, improved body composition, and improved training response?
1. Protein has an increased thermic effect. This means that while all macronutrients require metabolic processes for digestion, absorption, and storage, the thermic effect of protein is significantly higher than that of carbs and fats. Therefore, consuming protein can lead to a higher metabolic rate and in turn lead to greater fat loss when dieting.
2. Protein consumption increases plasma concentrations of the hormone glucagon. Glucagon is responsible for working against the effects of insulin in adipose (fat) tissue, therefore leading to greater fat movement. In addition, glucagon also decrease the amount of activities responsible for making and storing fat in adipose and liver cells. Again, leading to greater fat loss during dieting.
3. Studies have shown that increasing the percentage of protein , while decreasing the percentage of carbs, helps lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and increases HDL (good) cholesterol concentrations.
4. By reducing the carbohydrates it helps increase body fat loss, spares muscle mass, reduces triglyceride concentrations, improves satiety, and improves blood glucose management.
5. All tissues of the body, including muscle, go through a programs of turnover. Since the balance between protein breakdown and protein synthesis leads muscle protein turnover, you need to increase your protein turnover rates in order to best improve your muscle quality. By consuming a high protein diet, you are increasing both protein synthesis and protein breakdown, therefore you get rid of the old muscle more quickly and build up new more functional muscle to take its place.
6. High protein diets are considered a positive nitrogen status. Therefore more protein is entering the body than leaving the body. When this increased protein availability is coupled with an exercise program that increases the body's metabolism, the growth process may be accelerated.