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9 Ways To Increase Protein Intake For Weight Loss

27 July, 2018 5:07 AM
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9 Ways To Increase Protein Intake For Weight Loss

Increasing your protein intake can help in weight loss. Protein helps you keep full for longer and reduces appetite while carbs and fats are easily absorbed by the body and may contribute to increased calorie intake.

When it comes to weight loss, we all know that eating clean and healthy is as important as exercising. However, eating healthy is not as simple as it sounds. There are many peculiarities which need to be followed, in terms how much protein, fat, carbs, omega-3 fatty acids, fibre etc you should be eating. Ideally, health and fitness experts recommend increasing protein intake and cutting down on intake of carbs and fats. This logic is mostly applied because protein helps you keep full for longer and reduces appetite while carbs and fats are easily absorbed by the body and may contribute to increased calorie intake. In one of our previous articles, we have spoken about how protein intake helps in weight loss. Nutritionist Monisha Ashokan is of the belief that including protein in your breakfast will help in increasing satiety and curb cravings.

Vegan diet for weight loss: While following a vegan diet, you need to take care of your intake of carbs, fats, fibre and proteins. All these nutrients are important for effective muscle recovery.

What you eat before your workouts is your fuel. However, you need to fuel your body with the right kind of foods. Eating the wrong sort of foods can make you sluggish and reduce your efficiency during workouts. Eat these foods to boost your stamina.

Moreover, protein regulates levels of blood sugar. Eating a protein-rich diet helps you have a strong immune system. The process of muscle repair is done with the help of proteins - which also prevent any damage during exercising.

1 serving of yogurt contains around 20 gms of protein. You can have yogurt every day for your intake of probiotics as well as protein.

Milk is a good source of protein and everyone must drink a glass of milk every day. It contains good amounts of both whey and casein.

Quinoa and black beans are too food items which people on weight loss regime can include in their diet, guilt-free. They are rich in fibre and protein and can help your lose weight.

Including nuts in your salad could be a smarter way to prepare your salad. Nuts are packed with essential proteins and antioxidants, and are also great for the heart. Eating nuts like walnuts, almonds, cashews and pistachios will contribute to an increase in your protein intake. However, avoid eating too much of them as nuts are rich in calories as well.

Lentils are staple for vegetarians. They are also good source of protein and can be added to your soup. Include more lentils in your diet to increase your intake of protein.

Replace your mayonnaise and cheese with hummus, and it will help satiate your cravings tremendously. Hummus is prepared from chickpeas, which are a storehouse protein.

Peas are good source of protein. 1 cup of protein may contain around 8 gms of protein. Peas can be added to vegetables, soups and even hummus. Eat more peas for increasing your protein intake.

Eggs filling, delicious and so easy to prepare! People on a weight loss regime can include eggs in their daily diet as they are a good source of protein. You can have them boiled, scrambled or hard-boiled. Eggs are healthy for the body and must be included in your diet for good health.

Fish, prawns, chicken breast are all lean meats which are good source of proteins. They are also rich in other essential nutrients for the body which can help in weight loss.

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.

Also read: These 10 Proteins Are A Must If You Want To Gain Muscle Mass


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