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How Protein = Weight Loss

by Christy Taylor

It seems counter intuitive that in order to lose weight, you need to eat. Here's a good start: Make sure you're getting enough protein. According to Women's Health Magazine at any given moment, even at rest, your body is breaking down protein. Now, protein is what feeds muscle, and muscle feeds on fat, so the more muscle your body has, the more fat calories you'll burn every day.

They recommend you aim for between one half and one gram of protein per pound you weigh. For example, a 140 pound woman should try to get 76 to 140 grams of protein per day. If that same woman wanted to lose some weight, she should base her protein intake on her goal weight.

Keep in mind that protein isn't just in meat. It's in eggs, dairy, fish, even nuts. I eat tons of eggs. They're super easy to scramble up or hard boil and take along as a daytime snack. Or maybe try some beef jerky. Now, peanut butter and nuts (totally my weakness) are great too, but only in moderation. 

The one must have protein fix: Protein Shakes. It's a great replacement if you're someone who just can't eat breakfast, a perfect snack if you crave something sweet, there's all kinds of different flavors, and it's easy to grab on the go!