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Increasing Protein Intake While Dieting May Lead to Healthier Food Choices

Proteins are the main building blocks of your body. They’re used to make muscles, tendons, organs, and skin. According to a recent study, increasing protein intake while dieting may improve diet quality and help maintain lean body mass.

The researchers used data from multiple weight loss trials for their study. The trials included 207 overweight adults who underwent 6 months of calorie restricted dieting. Diet quality was assessed using the Healthy Eating Index and participants were classified as lower and higher protein intake. Body composition was evaluated at baseline and after 6 months.

Participants who consumed more protein consumed more green vegetables and reduced intake of refined grains and sugar. Specifically, increasing protein intake from 18% of total food intake to 20% had a substantial impact on the quality of food choices.

In addition, participants who moderately increased their protein intake saw a reduced loss of lean body mass compared to those with lower protein intake.

The study was conducted by researchers from Rutgers University. It was published online ahead of print on May 11, 2022 in the journal Obesity.

A previous study found that consuming protein from multiple sources may help support healthy blood pressure levels.

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