Is a high protein weight loss diet the best approach if you want to lose weight?
In this study, two diets containing different amounts of protein were compared (Smith GI, et al., 2016). The participants, obese postmenopausal women lost 10% weight using a diet providing either 0.8 g of protein per kg of body weight or a diet providing 1.2 g of protein per kg of body weight. Weight loss usually results in several metabolic benefits, one is improved insulin sensitivity, which means that the transfer of blood glucose into the cells is improved. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJYLI7yeCsg The researchers found that when compared to the low protein diet, the high protein diet prevented the weight loss-induced improvements in muscle insulin signaling and insulin-stimulated glucose uptake. Not only that but induced adaptations in oxidative stress and cell structural biology pathways, which also are benefits accompanying weight loss, did not take place on the high protein diet. One of the benefits of the high protein diet was that it reduced the weight loss induced a decline in lean tissue mass by 45%. You donâ€™t want to lose lean muscle mass, but that can be prevented by including exercises, which any good weight loss program will recommend. There are many ways to lose weight, but not all approaches give you the same benefits, so choose wisely. References:Smith GI, Yoshino J, Kelly SC, Reeds DN, Okunade A, Patterson BW, Klein S, Mittendorfer B, High-Protein Intake during Weight Loss Therapy Eliminates the Weight-Loss-Induced Improvement in Insulin Action in Obese Postmenopausal Women.Cell Rep. 2016 Oct 11;17(3):849-861."