The issue of protein is rarely understood in many diet programs ??? you are told that protein increases metabolism and therefore it can help you lose weight and also that if you follow a low carb eating program, you should replace your carbohydrate intake with that of lean proteins.
Let???s deal with the metabolism issue first and I am sorry to have to tell you that this is simply untrue ??? at least in the amounts of metabolic increases that you are told. All food increases your metabolism slightly and this is called the Thermic Effect of Feeding, but it is not a significant amount ??? maybe 5 ??? 10% of total caloric intake and the idea that protein stimulates more of an effect is simply untrue.
Now here is a fact that may shock you ??? up to 66% of all protein ingested is converted into glucose! The actual amount will differ by the type of eating plan that you follow. For example, for those people following my version of the low carbohydrate diet, you will be eating a significant amount of saturated animal fat and the protein/glucose conversion rate is not significant. For those following a low carb, low fat, high protein diet, it is way up there and can prove disastrous to both weight loss and exposure to Glycation.
Finally, if you follow a high animal fat diet, you will experience a protein sparing situation because the high levels of fat will be used as the primary source of energy and you will not experience the breakdown of muscle tissue, for the supply of energy.
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