Evidence suggests that protein is a weight loss food. There are a number of reasons for this including improved appetite regulation, improved insulin resistance and increased metabolic rate. Increasing the protein content of the diet can therefore have a substantial impact on any weight loss programme and health. Sources of protein are something to consider as most people associate protein with meat. However, protein can be obtained from other sources, and it makes sense to include a number of different protein foods in the diet. Yoghurt, legumes, cottage cheese, milk, certain grains and nuts can be important dietary source of protein. Consuming a number of protein sources increases the range of other nutrients in the diet and this can have health effects. For example, yoghurt has a number of health effects associated with the lactic acid content of the food as well as the bacteria that grow within it, nuts also contain essential fatty acids, and legumes are able to stabilise blood sugar.
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