Protein-packed foods come with a variety of benefits, one of them being satiety. After enjoying a high-protein meal, you’ll feel fuller for longer, which helps decrease the urge to reach for unhealthy snacks. That’s why protein is one of the best tools to be equipped with during your weight loss journey. But with the wide range of high-protein foods out there to choose from, which is the absolute best protein for weight loss?
Eat This, Not That! spoke with Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, a registered dietitian and certified specialist in sports dietetics who sits on our Medical Expert Board to get the scoop. Goodson shares the #1 protein that’s an excellent addition to any healthy diet and weight loss regimen. But first, let’s chat a little bit more about the importance of protein.
“Protein is more filling than carbohydrates and fats, so it can help reduce overall calorie intake by making you feel full and satisfied. This can lead to reduced snacking and overeating,” Goodson explains. “[In addition,] the thermic effect of food (TEF) is higher for protein compared to carbohydrates and fats. This means your body expends more energy digesting and metabolizing protein, which can increase your overall daily calorie expenditure.”
Excerpted from Eat This, Not That!