How a protein diet is done right

By Ivanhoe Author

HOUSTON - Salmon, grilled chicken or beans are all good sources of protein. Dietitian Catherine Kruppa from Advice for Eating said fish has multiple benefits.

“It's really your best protein option because it's really a one-stop shop. It's great for your skin, fish is known to help with depression (any type of fish) and it also has vitamins and minerals that increase your energy level,” Kruppa said.

While a high-protein diet could help you control hunger and lose weight, a new study shows you might want to avoid consuming sugary drinks with your protein. 

Researchers from the USDA found this combo causes your body to store more fat, alters your food preferences and affects your energy balance. 

“The problem with sweets is once you start, you will crave them, but once you start eating them then you kind of continue eating them,” Kruppa said.

When people had sweetened drinks with their high-protein meals, about one-third of the additional calories provided by the sugar were not expended. 

The sugary drinks decreased fat oxidation after a meal, which kick starts fat burn, by eight percent. 

If you're looking to add more protein to your diet: include some with every meal and try to eat several small meals throughout the day. But don't consume more than 30 to 40 grams of whole proteins per meal. Make sure you're also including fresh fruits and veggies in your diet. 

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