Protein the Power Behind the Dukan Diet
In my previous post, I provided an explanation of how the protein foods which make up a large part of the food that you eat on the Dukan Diet, help you burn more fat. However the high thermogenic value of protein is not the only reason for low fat, protein sources forming the major part of the food that you eat on the Dukan Diet.
- We have to eat Protein
Protein makes up an important part of every cell in our body and we need protein throughout our lives to build and repair our bodies and make the hormones, enzymes and other chemicals that our body needs. What sets protein apart from carbohydrates and fat is that our body cannot store it and if we don’t eat enough protein for our body’s need our body breaks down tissue to obtain what it needs. This doesn’t however mean that we need to eat large amounts of protein and most people would need only a 7 ounce serving of protein or less to meet their body’s daily requirements.
- Not all Proteins are Equal
Just like all calories are not equal, all sources of protein are not equal and this is why the Dukan Diet places emphasis on eating low fat, nutrient rich, sources of protein like fish, lean meats, zero-fat dairy products and tofu.
- Eating Protein makes us feel full
As protein is more difficult for our bodies to digest it stays in our stomach longer, making us feel fuller for longer.
- This means you certainly get more bang from your weight loss dollar if you eat protein, as not only do you get less net calories from eating protein, it stops you feeling hungry for longer!