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Research Shows Balanced Protein Intake Is Key To Weight Loss

May 3, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
One of the keys to losing weight, or to maintaining weight loss, is to eat a sufficient amount of protein each day. But U.S. researchers who reviewed earlier studies find that it is especially important to disperse the protein intake throughout the day to achieve weight loss goals. The researchers recommend that people start with at least thirty grams of protein at breakfast. A day’s diet should contain 1.2 – 1.6 grams of high-quality protein (from eggs, beef, pork or dairy) per kilogram of body weight. For example, a 150-pound (68-kilogram) woman should eat approximately 90-100 grams of protein a day to lose weight or prevent gaining weight.
H. J. Leidy et al., "The role of protein in weight loss and maintenance. ", American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, May 03, 2015, © American Society for Nutrition
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