Importance of proteins
Proteins and Weight Loss-Top 4 Reasons
We have all heard that Proteins are the building blocks of the body. But how? To go the basics, proteins are a part of all the major components of our body- the muscles, blood, skin, hair, nails, and even our bones have protein components. We are able to fight diseases because of a certain type of protein in our body called “antibodies”; we digest our food with the help of proteins called “enzymes”; our growth & other life processes are attributed to proteins in the form of “hormones”- the list is quite long. Therefore, it goes without saying that our existence is intrinsically linked to proteins. This only explains how important and undeniable a component protein is, for a balanced diet and healthy living.
Proteins helping in weight loss had been a debated topic until many scientific facts pointed their vital significance in this process. Here are the four primary reasons why you should include proteins as an important part of your weight loss plan.
Reason #1: Increase metabolism
Scientific studies have shown that proteins increase the body’s metabolism levels (BMR). If your body is metabolizing at a higher rate, it means that you burn calories during not only working, waking and active hours but also while you sleep! The higher your metabolism, the more calories you burn and the greater is your weight loss.
Reason #2: Build lean muscles
Vigorous cardio and strength training exercising cause a breakdown of muscle mass. High quality proteins sustain muscle loss, post workouts by quickly rebuilding muscle fiber. So, protein intake after exercising not only helps you reduce fat, but also preserves the healthy lean muscles so that your strength and stamina remain intact while unwanted fat is burnt.
Reason #3: Curb hunger
Higher protein levels in your diet lowers the levels of the hunger-stimulating hormone, ghrelin that successfully suppresses unnecessary appetite. Other reports also suggest that protein-rich foods stay longer in your stomach making you feel full for a longer duration. Nutritional experts suggest meals (or even snacks) that are not only high in protein and fibre but also contain low carbohydrates and healthy fats for optimal weight loss.
Reason #4: Build good cholesterol
Proteins help build HDL (High Density Lipoprotein or good cholesterol). A diet rich in protein facilitates HDL creation, which in turn lowers LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein or bad cholesterol) and triglyceride levels. This helps you in two ways –reduction of body weight as well as creating a healthier lipid profile for cardiovascular well-being.
Apart from all the benefits cited above, proteins also beneficial in boosting immunity, antioxidant function and enhancement of insulin and leptin function – all of which contribute toward optimal weight management efforts over time.