What’s the Connection Between Protein and Weight Loss?

Explaining the Connection Between Protein and Weight Loss

Four Skydivers Linking HandsTo lose weight, there must be caloric deficit. Caloric deficit is achieved by eating fewer calories, burning more calories or a combination of both.

Move more;
Consume less.

To Your Health: June 2013

Protein and Weight Loss: What’s the Connection?

By G. Douglas Andersen, DC, DACBSP, CCN

Recently I was asked by the staff at To Your Health to referee some of their water-cooler discussions regarding nutrition. Topping their list was this one about protein and weight loss: “Why is protein important for weight loss and how much should I eat (to lose weight)?” Before I answer, I would like to share a few thoughts on weight loss in general.

Weight Loss: A Tricky Topic

I believe the topic of weight loss is much more confusing, contentious, complicated and controversial than it should be – for a number of reasons, including the following:

  • The marketing of diets, exercise plans, fitness equipment and a huge array of nutritional supplements is a billion-dollar industry that is very competitive.
  • The Information Age we live in produces a constant stream of new research that is rapidly disseminated, selectively edited, commonly misinterpreted and excessively extrapolated – usually for secondary financial gain.
  • The biochemical and physiological diversity of people means there is more than one path to the top of the weight-loss mountain.

To lose weight, there must be caloric deficit, period. Caloric deficit is achieved by eating fewer calories, burning more calories or a combination of both. Now we are ready to address the question about protein and weight loss. <<Read more>>

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