One of the most important factors in losing weight in an healthy and safe manner is to ensure that you are consuming an adequate amount of protein each day.
Ann Louise Gittleman, author of The Fat Flush Plan, speaks about protein in this way:
“With 8 ounces of more a day, such as lean beef, chicken, and fish-boost metabolism by up to 25 percent for about twelve hour to keep metabolic fires burning. Proteins are the tissue and muscle rebuilders par excellence. For every pound of muscle gained, you burn an extra 70 calories per hour.” (Gittleman, 42, 2002)
This is a great insight, because it speaks to how important the role of protein is in your daily diet and how in contributes to your overall health. With each meal time, the focus should be on ensuring that at least four ounces of protein by fish, chicken or beef is present.
This will help keep the fires of your metabolism burning steady all day long.
I love the fact that by consuming protein, your body not only keeps your metabolism going, but it also is what is needed to help restore your muscle and tissue.
Protein is such a vital and necessary aspect of your daily diet that you need to give it proper attention and focus.
I tend to start each of my days with eggs as my source of protein. I also focus my lunches and dinners around a lean beef, fish or chicken. That way I can keep my metabolism burning at a high rate all day.
Bottom line, when you are consuming the right amount of protein your system is active longer, and it repairs you in two key areas with excellence.
Another author, Tim Ferris, speaks to the role of protein in his book – The Four Hour Body.
According to Ferris, protein is best consumed during the initial half hour upon arising. This intake after you first wake up will help signal the body that it is time to raise the level of the metabolism to a steady high burn for the day. He recommends consuming at least 30 grams, or just over one ounce to achieve this effect.
Check out this video by Ferris around the 12 minute mark where he talks about this point. You can watch more for context, but he gives a quick overview of his book and some of his findings and some of the clinical trials and self patient recruitment he put himself through.
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