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Eating carbohydrates makes you store belly fat. Eating protein puts on muscle. Most people know that. But a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that when you over eat on a low protein diet, you store bad fat around your organs including the liver, kidneys and pancreas. But if you eat a high protein diet, you add muscle and increase your resting metabolism and muscle mass. Since muscle burns seven times as many calories as fat, that’s a good thing.
Carbohydrates and protein trigger produce very different chemical messages in the body independent of calories. Carbs lay down the fat, while protein lays down muscle. 4
This study on protein adds to a whole slew of research that proves that higher protein diets (25%) does all sorts of obesity fighting things to your body and your brain.
- It makes you feel more full than an equivalent amount of calories from carbs.
- It leads to more weight loss in “free-living” humans as compared the ones who were force fed extra calories.
- It prevents gaining weight back after you have lost weight.5
- It speeds up metabolism and builds muscle so you burn more calories all day long and even while you sleep.
Reducing belly fat and building muscle is quite simple. And it is not just about the calories you consume. It is about where those calories come from.
Here are a few simple tips to speed up your metabolism and get rid of belly fat.
- Skip the sugar – in all of its forms. Especially liquid calories from any source (soda, juice, alcohol) all of which store belly fat. Be on a mission to get high fructose corn syrup out of your diet, it is especially good at laying down belly fat.
- Ditch the flour – wheat flour, especially, is just like sugar. Did you know that 2 slices of whole wheat bread raise your blood sugar more than 2 tablespoons of table sugar?
- Start the day with protein not starch or sugar. Try whole omega-3 eggs, a protein shake, nut butters or even kippers! Skip the bagels, muffins and donuts.
- Have protein with every meal – try nuts like almonds, walnuts or pecans, seeds like pumpkin, chia or hemp or have beans, chicken or fish.
Excerpt taken from: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/ (Dr Mark Hyman, MD)