Why protein helps burn calories

When it comes to the human metabolism, the basic law of physics become much more complicated: not all calories are created equal.Protein differs from carbohydrates and fats.

How you burn calories?Some of them you constantly spend a very low rate - it's part of your "metabolism peace" - for basic, involuntary body functions such as heartbeat, breathing and digestion.You expend more calories when moving, and even more when doing sport.

The idea is that there are only two ways to burn more calories than you consume: eat a little or a lot of move - in sports.

But there is another way to consume calories - nearly invisible process that can work wonders in the weeks and months to create a significant, long-term calorie deficit.You do not even have to get out of bed in order to reap its fruits.This surprising phenomenon is called thermal effect, and the key to his work is a protein.

Here's how it works: during digestion your body breaks down food into its basic components - carbohydrates, fats and protei

ns - and turns them into energy that they can use.However, there is a condition: to get energy from food, the body has to spend some of their own energy.There is the scientific name of the use of energy for digestion and assimilation of food - "diet-induced thermogenesis" (DIT).Carbohydrates and fats generate very small DIT.In comparison, protein DIT is huge - about two and a half - three times.Thus, in order to get energy from the body of edible protein, it must spend nearly three times more calories than is necessary for any fat or carbohydrates.

This means that strengthens your protein metabolism and makes you lose weight faster than the same amount of calories from fat or carbohydrates.A study in Clinical Nutrition Centre in Cambridge, England, under the leadership of Dr. MJ. Donkey and his colleagues found that within 24 hours of high-protein diet increased the overall energy consumption by 12% (220 calories) compared to high-carbohydrate dietwith the same amount of calories.

Think about it.You do not need to reduce the number of calories obtained.You can lose 9 to 13.5 kilograms per year, without reducing food intake and without changing your habits in sports.Or you can lose a lot more than six months - if you intensively engaged in sports or reduce the amount of calories.

Lorraine Kordeyn "Paleodieta", "Alfa-Beta" Publishing House, 2011

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