You might have never heard of the Paleo diet before, but it is surely rising in popularity with those looking to drop a little weight. The basis for the Paleo diet is to eat a low-carb and higher protein and fat diet. As you look to start a weight loss journey, you might not understand the importance of protein and the role it plays in your body.

We explore the top 5 reasons why you need to be consuming a much higher level of protein on your way to successful weight loss.

1 – Protein will leave you feeling fuller for longer

In the early stages of a higher protein diet, protein will be important as it helps you feel fuller for much longer. Having protein around slows down digestion making us more satisfied and less likely to return for seconds or eat again soon after. In turn, having smaller portions or not snacking between meals, means less calories are being consumed throughout the day.

2 – Curbs Carb highs and lows

You might find that after snacking on sugary treats you feel low which in turn leads to poor food decision in your next meal. Pairing together protein with a carbohydrate rich food will help to slow down the absorption of sugar from your stomach which will help to curb those fluctuations in your foods and cravings.

3 – Protein is harder to digest

This may not sound like a benefit, but the thermic effect of food is the energy that is required to digest it into small, absorbable components. Protein is higher on the TEF scale compared to carbs and fat meaning your burning more calories to process protein than sugary treats.

4 – It fuels fat burning

It has been scientifically proven that your body cannot effectively burn and use fat as energy if it doesn’t have the assistance from either carbohydrates or protein. As you are losing weight, your body will lose both muscle and fat. During this, it is important to keep eating enough protein in your diet, in order to preserve calorie burning lean muscle.

5 – Protein rebuilds and repairs muscles

Ever wonder why bodybuilders are drinking protein shakes and eating chicken like there is no tomorrow? This is because protein consumption after and strength workout is beneficial as the muscles are sensitive to nutrients at this point and the protein gets straight to work on repairing and growing the muscles.