A diet with moderate protein is an excellent way to lose weight and improve your overall health.*
What are my protein needs?
Eating the right amount of protein while losing weight is critical. The Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) for protein is 0.36 grams per pound of body weight, or 0.8 grams per kilogram. Protein is made up of smaller units known as amino acids. There are 22 amino acids and 9 are considered “essential.” This means that they must be consumed via food because your body cannot make them. Some foods are better for proteins than others, based on their amino acid profile. Generally, animal products are considered “complete protein” because they have all of the essential amino acids in the right amounts that your body requires. These animal products include meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy.
Vegetable proteins do not provide sufficient amounts of every essential amino acid, but they can be combined with other plant sources to make up a complete protein. High-protein plant foods include grains, soy, nuts, beans, legumes and seeds.
Can protein help with weight loss?
Yes, research has shown that getting the adequate amount of protein can have impressive effects on your appetite, body composition & weight and your metabolic rate.* Eating protein, especially first thing in the morning, can help suppress your hunger and appetite for hours after you’ve eaten.*
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*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.
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