Eat the right kind of protein for weight loss, Australians told
Most Australians got the protein-rich diet for weight loss backwards, according to a survey conducted by CSIRO, a government owned research firm.
A recently released analysis on a survey conducted to Australians shows that, majority of them get their daily dose of protein from the wrong sources.
Protein intake is an essential factor in losing weight, as high protein meals help control the appetite. According to a research review conducted early this year, eating at least 25 grams of protein at each meal helped control hunger and enhanced muscle metabolism.
The CSIRO Healthy Diet Score, a survey participated by 200,000 adults, revealed that too often the protein they consume comes from processed foods such as meat pies, chicken nuggets and ice-cream.
“Everyone’s protein needs are different and not all foods that contain protein are good for you,” says CSIRO Principal Research Scientist Professor Manny Noakes.
According to the analysis, respondents who get their protein from the foods mentioned are three times more likely to be obese. While respondents who have healthy weight consume more protein from chicken, red meat, fish, eggs, milk, cereals, nuts and yoghurt.
60 percent of Australian adults are considered either overweight or obese, another concern is that most of these people are underestimating how much protein they need to consume to lose weight.
Professor Noakes says the latest science suggests eating between 1.2 and 1.6 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight is required for optimal weight loss.