Protein is nature’s best muscle builder and also one of its best fat-loss aids. That’s because it’s the macronutrient least likely to be converted into body fat. It’s the most metabolically costly for our bodies to process; thus it helps to increase our metabolism. Just as important, protein is a potent appetite suppressant and helps to decrease cravings throughout the day. In one major study, people who ate a morning meal made up of 50 percent protein ate 25 percent fewer calories throughout the day.
Good protein sources include chicken breast, turkey breast, fish, lean cuts of red meat, egg whites, tofu, lentils, and whey protein powders. I suggest limiting your intake of calorie-rich, fat-laden protein sources such as fatty meats, whole dairy products, and whole eggs.
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