Protein - does it help weight loss?

Protein - does it help weight loss?

Weight loss is easily the strongest motivation for anyone embarking on the journey to good health.

So, does eating more protein help in your journey? 

Among the many factors that act as levers in your weight loss, one of the most alluring ones is playing with your macronutrients. Macronutrients, for the benefit of those who may not be familiar, are proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. 

They are called macronutrients because the body uses them collectively for energy. You can play with the relative amounts of protein, carbohydrates, and fat in your diet.

For instance, consider a diet that primarily consists of butter, cheese, and bacon. Now consider a diet that primarily consists of lean chicken, eggs, and fish. Garbanzo beans, cottage cheese, and tofu for the vegetarians. 

The first is mostly fat. The second is mostly protein.

Once you add fruit, vegetables, grains, or bread, you are adding carbohydrates to your diet. So you see how the relative balance of fat, protein, and carbohydrates can change depending on what you are eating. 

So does eating a diet that is high in protein help with weight loss? 

The answer is yes, but. 

In a study, researchers increased the amount of protein in the diet of a cohort of 38 people. They found that there was a net negative impact of 120 calories per day for people who had more protein as compared to the control group. 

Several reasons were attributed. Some of the reasons included the impact of protein on your thyroid function. Another was an impact on your metabolism. 

So why do I qualify my answer with a yes, but? Simple answers, such as "Let's increase protein or fat to lose weight," can easily seduce us.

But as anyone who has tried knows, the balance of energy in our body is a complex and dynamic phenomenon. An increase in protein can also result in gout beyond a certain point.

So be cautious, but consider using protein as a strategy for weight loss. 

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