Protein saturates more than carbohydrates and fat and increases burning, according to Professor Arne Astrup.
Protein affects the brain
The smart way to a slim body
A diet that suits me?
It’s no secret that we are getting thicker and it’s no secret that this is due to incorrect food and too little activity. Our body is made in such a way that we become indescribably hungry if we do not get food and, logically, it should also be that we felt terribly bad if we ate too much.
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But that’s not the case. We may feel a bit heavy in your stomach, but you may want to eat too much and too much without feeling anything but good and satisfied. That’s why it’s so easy to get more than we need, and this is the reason why so many lose weight.
The portion size determines the input
Studies show that it is the portion size and not the nutritional density that determines how much we eat. This means that if you eat oily foods stuffy with calories, you probably get far more calories than if you eat the same amount of food that is not as nutritious. By reducing the fat content of the food you will probably get less calories and could lose weight.
Increase protein intake if you want to lose weight!
It has also been shown that in addition to reducing fat intake, it will be beneficial to increase the intake of protein if you want to lose weight. Protein saturates more than carbohydrates even if it contains exactly the same number of calories. Professor Arne Astrup, Director of the Department of Human Nutrition in Denmark, can also tell you that you can significantly increase your energy consumption by increasing your intake of protein in your food. He refers to studies where people who follow diets where they eat more protein and less fat go down twice as much in weight compared to those who eat only less fat. The professor also believes that in diets like the Atkins diet, there is a high protein intake and not the high intake of fat that leads to a weight reduction. Perhaps something to think of if you get fed up with fat food to lose weight?
Protein-containing foods increase combustion, and in addition, it feeds better
It is therefore not surprising that studies can show that you lose weight by increasing your intake of protein. Nevertheless, it is still a fairly controversial topic, and many, for example, have suggested that it may be harmful to both the kidneys, cardiovascular system and the bone tissue to eat too much protein. But Professor Arne Astrup rejects these claims and refers to several studies that say that high protein intake does not give any negative effect on kidneys, cardiovascular system or bone tissue.
Astrup’s research suggests that the general recommendations should be re-evaluated both in Denmark and Norway, in line with what they have done in the United States where they now recommend a daily intake of 10-35% protein in contrast to today’s recommendations as is 10-20% protein. But before this is done, more research is still required and it is therefore gratifying to hear that the professor has obtained research funding to do a large and comprehensive study in this area. When the survey is complete and if this study also shows that a higher protein intake only has a positive effect on health, the professor himself thinks it will be time to change the recommendations in Denmark and Norway.
Lecture by Professor Arne Astrup, “Meat and Health” seminar (24. April 2005) at Matforsk, Ås