While a balanced diet is key to providing your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs, protein could be the key nutrient for staying slim.
Eating more protein over a two-year period helped women lose weight, according to a new report published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
The study included 1,824 middle-aged American women aged 40-60. Most of the participants could correctly identify good protein sources and the recommended amount of protein for a healthy diet. Almost half of the participants (43 percent) also said they ate more protein to prevent weight gain. After crunching the numbers, researchers learned that a higher protein intake didn’t just help keep off the pounds, but also helped women slim down.
The study also suggests that education about dietary protein requirements could enhance the popularity of eating high-protein diets as part of weight loss efforts, researchers wrote in the report.