When it comes to losing weight, eating well and exercising regularly is often the key to success. Although it is tempting to drastically cut foods from the diet, actually eating more of one food group could help speed up the weight loss process. For those hoping to burn fat quickly and target certain areas, like belly fat, following a high-protein plan can help do this by boosting the metabolism. Pairing this with a low-carb plan, slimmers are likely to notice the best results.
What can you eat?
In order to trim the waistline, eating foods with a high protein content that are low in carbs is a simple way to get started.
High protein foods include meats, fish, nuts, pulses, eggs, cheese and tofu.
Cutting out high-carb foods such as breads, pasta, rise, and even starchy vegetables like corn and potatoes, will help speed up the process.
To try and up their protein intake, slimmers can add get their fix in the morning with a meal of eggs and smoked salmon.
Opting to have meat, fish or tofu with each meal and snacking on nuts will also increase their protein consumption.
How does it work?
Eating protein can help burn more fat and flatten the abs by boosting the metabolism and increasing how many calories people burn.
A study published in the US National Library of Medicine revealed eating protein could boost the metabolic rate by a huge 20 to 25 per cent, compared to carbs and fat boosting the rate by five to 15 percent.
It said: “In dietary practice, it may be beneficial to partially replace refined carbohydrate with protein sources that are low in saturated fat.”
Protein-rich meals can also help slimmers feel fuller for longer which means they are less likely to eat excess calories.
Best weight loss: High protein foods include meats, fish, nuts, pulses, eggs, cheese and tofu (Image: GETTY)
In another study of 19 adults, some were given a diet which was 30 per cent protein and others were given one of ten per cent protein.
Although both groups were allowed to eat as much as they wanted, those on the high-protein plan chose to eat an average of 441 fewer calories each day.
People who use a low-carb plan might choose to follow a high-fat keto diet.
Some studies have shown this can help dieters lose weight up to three times more quickly.
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