The heavier you are, the less efficient your body burns fat. That’s why it’s important for overweight individuals to eat protein-packed meals, according to a new Australian study.
The research states that people with higher body fat burn blubber better after consuming high-protein meals than when they skimp on the dietary component. Dr. Marijka Batterham, M.D., the lead researcher, suggests consuming about one third of your calories from protein and another third from carbohydrates.
In the study, which concentrated on breakfast and lunch, the protein-rich meals contained low-fat dairy, lean meat and eggs, along with bread and vegetables as carbohydrate sources.
Experts recommend that people looking to bulk up the protein in their diets choose their sources carefully—passing up bacon and butter in favor of foods like fish, poultry, low-fat dairy, beans, and nuts.