We all get the basic concept of a high protein diet; more of the protein, less of the other stuff. But have you ever taken the time to think about why? What is the benefit of upping your protein intake

This blog post highlights just a few great reasons you should consider switching to a high protein diet.

Before we get into it, it’s important to know that a high protein diet typically involves getting 30-35% of your calories from protein, cutting back carbs to around 25%, and getting the remainder of calories from fat.

Here’s what happens when you do that:

1. Help reduce your appetite

That’s right. Studies have shown that increased protein intake (to a certain point) makes you fuller for longer and a lot less hungry between meals. If you’re someone that regularly finds yourself hungry between meals, consider eating slightly less carbs and increasing your protein portions.

2. Stronger Bones

If you want to reduce your chances of developing osteoporosis, up your protein intake. Studies have shown that dietary proteins are key for bone health, highlighting the positive effect of high protein intake on bone mineral density.

3. Increased metabolism + improved fat burn

Due to something known as the high thermic effect, protein helps to increase the number of calories you burn, apparently by up to 100 calories a day!

4. Muscle Boosting

Want stronger muscles? Protein is a big part of that. The keys to muscle growth are amino acids, which are produced by our bodies when they break down protein.

5. Reduced Blood Pressure

This might sound like a paradox until you remember that red meat isn’t the only source of protein. Some studies have shown that increased protein intake in those with hypertension helped to lower blood pressure.

6. Weight Loss

Protein pretty much automatically helps you to eat fewer calories, as it boosts several of the satiety hormones. While it is still always possible to eat too much and gain weight, moderately increasing your protein intake can help you better control your weight.

7. Faster Recovery

Do you know what experts recommend you eat after working out? Protein. It helps to restore the damaged muscle fibers and replenishes depleted energy stores, so you’re ready to go a heck of a lot faster.

Are you interested in a high protein diet? Try the high protein diet in the Lifesum app for a guided and supported way to up your protein intake.

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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