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Role of Protein in Fat Loss

Fat Loss
To lose weight, we all know that being on a calorie deficit is necessary. But, is protein intake important too?

Protein intake during fat loss will help your preserve your lean mass. A study found that a 500-kcal calorie deficit resulted in 9.9-11.2% weight loss, and no difference was found between the high protein group (1.6g/kg) and the low protein group (0.8g/kg). However, when only fat mass was measured, the high protein group had lost a much larger amount than the low protein group. In some cases, such as that of post-menopausal women and older men, protein intake plays a rather significant role because weight loss has known to reduce lean mass.  More Lean mass appears to be when the protein intake is lower even when the deficit is similar. A study performed on older women (age 65.2 ±years) who were either overweight or obese had the participants all consuming a diet of 1400 calories (with fixed macros). Then, 50 g of protein was added to this diet for one group and 50 g of carbohydrates for another. When muscle gain was measured relative to body fat loss, not surprisingly, the protein group won! References - 1.      Evans EM, Mojtahedi MC, Thorpe MP, Valentine RJ, Kris-Etherton PM, Layman DK. Effects of protein intake and gender on body composition changes: a randomized clinical weight loss trial. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2012 Jun 12;9(1):55. doi: 10.1186/1743-7075-9-55. PMID: 22691622; PMCID: PMC3407769. 2.      Mojtahedi MC, Thorpe MP, Karampinos DC, Johnson CL, Layman DK, Georgiadis JG, Evans EM. The effects of a higher protein intake during energy restriction on changes in body composition and physical function in older women. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2011 Nov;66(11):1218-25. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glr120. Epub 2011 Jul 27. PMID: 21798863.

geetanjali sharma

Its recommended by doctor that we should take protein equal to our weight if we will not burn the protein in our body it may damage our kidney

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