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High Protein Intake Maintains Metabolic Rate During Low-Cal Diets

Brian Turner

Posted on November 26 2016

Losing weight and maintaining lost weight is difficult because metabolic rate (i.e., calorie burning) gradually slows, which makes it difficult to sustain a negative caloric balance. Researchers from Maastricht University in the Netherlands found that consuming a high-protein, low-calorie diet maintained metabolic rate better than a high-carbohydrate, low-protein and low-calorie diet. During the early phases of the weight-loss program, the high-protein diet prevented hunger but this disappeared during the later phases of the 12-week experiment. Consuming high amounts of protein during dieting and weight maintenance will help maintain metabolic rate and increase the chances for successful weight loss.


(Clinical Nutrition, published a online November 8, 2014)