High protein diet for weight loss has gained huge popularity. Consumption of protein is linked with weight loss. Most people are adding more and more protein to their diet to lose weight. Protein intake improves your metabolism and helps you burn more calories. Protein also regulates hormones that affect weight loss. When you are consuming foods rich protein you are less likely to feel hungry. It keeps you full for longer and reduces hunger pangs. Consumption of protein at the right time is also necessary for better results. Here are the answers to all your questions which can help you decide the best time to eat protein for weight loss.
Protein for weight loss: What is the best time to consume protein to lose weight?
Chief dietician, Ms. Pavithra N Raj explained, “People often wonder when the best time to take their protein powder. This depends on your health and fitness goals. You may want to consume it at a particular time of day, depending on whether you want to lose weight, build muscle or preserve muscle.”
Here are the right timings described by her according to different fitness goals along with some best protein food sources.
1. Weight loss
Consuming protein-rich snacks between meals is ideal for fat loss. It may help curb hunger, which could lead you to eat fewer calories later in the day.
2. Building muscle
To build muscle, aim to consume protein within two hours after working out. People who train in a fasted state, like before breakfast, should ideally take protein right after working out
3. Preventing muscle loss
To help prevent muscle loss, aim to eat 15-20 grams of protein per meal. Taking a protein supplement at meals during which you consume less protein, such as breakfast, can help spread your intake over the day.
4. Exercise performance and recovery
Endurance athletes may see improved performance and recovery from taking protein with a source of carbs during and after exercise. Resistance-training athletes can benefit from taking protein either immediately before or after a workout.
Best food sources of protein
- Chicken (no skin), fish (not fried), eggs (white)
- Low-fat milk and milk products such as curd, paneer, cheese
- Soya (soya milk, tofu, soya beans, chunks, granules)
- Nuts (almond and walnut, groundnuts, etc)
- Red kidney beans (rajma), chickpea (kabuli chana and Bengal gram), horse gram, black gram, black-eyed or cowpea (lobia) and green gram (all whole)
- Mixed grains as sprouts, green and dry peas, split grams (Dal)
Nutritionist, Soumita Biswas also explained, “Timing and portion of your meal are important. If you want to lose weight try to maintain the same timing daily. As breakfast is the major meal try to consume protein-rich breakfast which helps to reduce the risk of accumulation of fat in the body and reduce appetite by reducing the level of hunger hormone named Ghrelin.
The intake of protein and timings of consuming protein depends on your activity level. There are many controversies regarding the best time to eat protein. To reap the most weight loss benefits, aim to eat plenty of protein-rich foods throughout the day.”
(Ms. Pavithra N Raj, Chief Dietician, Columbia Asia Referral Hospital Yeshwanthpur)
(Soumita Biswas, Nutritionist, Aster RV Hospital)
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