It may only be March but summer is just around the corner and, let’s be honest, in Orlando, summer hardly ever ends. If you’re looking to lean down and get beach body ready by sacrificing fat while keeping muscle, then think protein.
Maintaining a diet with 35% of the calories coming from protein will help you maximize fat loss while minimizing muscle loss.
A study conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine put 2 groups of elite athletes on a hypo energetic diet – 60% of their normal consumption – for 2 weeks. One group’s diet consisted of 15% of calories from protein while the other was 35%. Both groups maintained their normal workout routines. While both groups lost the same amount of fat, the group that ate more protein lost less lean body mass.
While it may look more appealing to lose more overall, you’ll want to maximize your fat loss and minimize lean muscle loss. Muscle burns more calories than fat, so keeping your lean muscle mass will help you burn more calories even when you expend less energy.
If you’re looking to get a leaner beach body that will turn heads, make sure you maintain protein intake so you can lose more fat while maintaining muscle.
And, if you’re interested in losing weight with a diet program that has proven success, contact Calla Slimspa Medical Weight Loss Center in Winter Park today.
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Partial content from Muscle & Fitness Hers, Lean on Protein.