Protein: the only nutrient that counts

Protein has a bigger effect on your body than carbs and fat.

So why has no one else told you this?

Maybe they haven’t done the research… I don’t know I’m not them.

What I do know, is this.

I have written multiple times about the age-old calories in vs calories out method for managing your body composition… because it works… every time.

If you are following a Hypocaloric way of eating, this is why the low carbs/low fat discussion is moot.

Hypocaloric means finding out how much energy you need per day in calories, then eating a smaller number than that.

Here’s the stuff other gyms aren’t telling you though:

You only need to reduce by a couple hundred calories in total… not try to live off barely 1000cals a day like many gyms are telling you to.

The problem with being that drastic is managing your energy levels and health.

If you begin a hypocaloric diet with high intensity exercise of any sort, you need to make sure that you are eating the right amount of proteins and carbs to not only support your energy levels with carbs…

But to not lose muscle, damage tendons/ligaments, weaken joints and bones by eating enough protein.

Studies into performance and body composition have shown while variations in carbs and fats have an effect, variations in protein have a larger effect!

Not to mention protein aids in satiety (feeling full).

So do you know how much protein you should be eating?

Approx 1.0 gram per pound of bodyweight.

In summary for hypocaloric eating (weight loss), make sure you are eating less energy than you are expending (see here for help with the maths) and for maximum effects determine how much protein you need using the above equation.
And the remaining calories to be distributed?

Those are your carbs and fats. We can talk about that another time.


Coach Vaughn

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