Boost The Benefits Of Exercise With Protein

Not so surprisingly, University of Illinois researchers have found you can boost the beneficial effects of exercise and lose more fat when you eat a diet rich in protein. What's more, a high-carbohydrate, low-protein diet can even reduce the effectiveness of your exercise regimen!

Scientists divided 48 adult women into two groups, based on different diet and exercise regimens: One who consumed a diet based on the largely flawed food pyramid that contained high amounts of carbs and the other who ate the same amount of calories but substituted high-protein foods for all the extra carbs.

Patients were also divided in terms of exercise. One group added two or three sessions of walking per week, and the other five sessions lasting 30 minutes along with two weight-training sessions.

Although both sets of patients dropped weight, the high-protein exercisers dropped more of it and almost all of it was fat.

The results led researchers to conclude the current food pyramid doesn't provide enough leucine, an essential amino acid that helps adults maintain healthy muscle mass. Moreover, to enjoy the benefits researchers observed, you'd have to eat 9-10 grams of leucine a day by eating high-protein foods, and not with a supplement.

Journal of Nutrition, Vol. 135, No. 8, August 2005: 1903-1910

Medical News Today August 29, 2005

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