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Protein Intake for Fat Loss

By Edited Jun 14, 2015 0 2

Unfortunately when you are trying to lose body fat there is no magic pill. There's no special diet or exercise program to get your ripped and of course there's no magical bodybuilding supplement that can melt the fat away. Most of us at one time or another have looked for that magical powder or pill or nutrition program to get us ripped. Well, no one has found it yet. Until then you will have to try and actually put some effort into losing body fat.

The things that do work are boring and no one wants to do them. For success in trying to get off that pesky body fat, you must do a few things. You must be focused and disciplined in a few different areas. You must be focused and disciplined in your training. You must have consistent workouts, whether its bodybuilding or just cardio training, you must do it on a regular basis to give your body a reason to change. You must give your body time to change. It's not going to happen overnight. Lastly, you must have great nutritional habits to be successful.

A key for most people when dealing with the nutritional programs is protein intake. Most people don't take enough. For some reason people are scared that taking and extra scoop or two of protein powder will cause health problems. That is not the case, however.

Being specific with your protein intake will create better nutrition habits. By keeping track of your protein intake, it will influence how you treat the rest of your nutrition and exercise program. Here are a few ideas to help get you on the right track with your protein intake and overall nutrition:

Eat several small meals containing protein throughout the day

In a perfect world you would have good sources of protein anywhere from 5 to 6 times per day. The easiest way to do that is with protein powders. Evenly spread meals or protein consumption help keep your blood sugar levels stable. High blood sugar levels stimulate the release of insulin, which is a hormone that promotes fat storage. Don't even think about losing body fat if your insulin levels are high. Keeping your insulin levels stable will help eliminate that. And you would be craving those candy bars and bowls of ice cream as often.

Plus ingesting several smaller doses of protein will make it easy for your body to digest that protein. Frequent feedings also help keep your metabolism high so you can burn that fat off quicker.

Make sure you get enough protein

The easiest way to ensure that you're getting enough protein is to consume about 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight daily. Not 2 or 3 times per week, but every day. You must be consistent with you protein intake to get results. Bodybuilders and athletes have been doing this for years and it works for them regardless of whether they are trying to gain muscle mass or lose bodyfat. I have seen recommendations for more and I have seen recommendations for less. The 1 gram per pound is just a suggestion. Experiment and see what's best for you. Also, if you are on a low carbohydrate diet, you will need to increase you protein intake to make up for the macronutrient you are missing.

Use probiotics for your digestion

Increasing the amounts of protein you are ingesting may take its toll on your body. It's not just protein either. it's the increase in the frequency of your meals that could be tough on your body initially to handle. Especially for people who have taken lots of antibiotics in their lives. Antibiotics are great for what ails you, they kill the bad bacteria that has entered your body. The problem is that they kill the good bacteria too. It's that good bacteria that keeps your immune system high and helps your body digest your food. I think it would be wise to take a probiotic supplement to help your body digest your food and get all the beneficial nutrients that your food provides. I would recommend buying a probiotic formula or buying acidophilus will ensure complete and proper digestion.

Those few tips will help get you on the right road to success. Sufficient protein intake, especially when trying to lose body fat, is crucial. Follow the above tips and you should be well on your way.

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Comments

Feb 6, 2012 1:40pm
danmont
I have a shake of whey protein after exercise and it is great to gain lean muscle and lose fat body.
Feb 6, 2012 2:18pm
Ddraig
I drink Protein whey shakes for weight loss. Sitting on my back side all day writing isn't really helping the situation however.
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