Weight loss could be helped by adding protein to your diet plan scientists found in a study carried out in Copenhagen, Denmark.
High-protein foods such as eggs, chicken breasts and milk can all help you to slim down.
Luckily, experts have revealed that eating more of these foods – not less – can speed up your weight loss goals.
Sixty-five subjects, who are healthy, overweight or obese, took part in the trials and were split into groups.
Each group ate different low-fat calorie-restricted diets while scientists measured their weight loss.
One group ate a high-carbohydrate with 12 per cent protein, and another ate a high-protein diet, with 25 per cent protein.
The high-protein diet came out clearly on top of the two calorie-restricted diets, although the high-carb dieters lost weight too.
High-protein dieters lost almost one and half stone (1.4 stone) or 8.9 kg, after six months.
The low-carb dieters lost, in comparison, 0.8 stone, or 5.1 kg.
The high-protein group also lost 7.6 kg or fat, compared to the low-carb group’s fat loss of 4.3kg.
The scientists concluded that the added diversity of choice in the high protein diet might have helped the subjects to stick to the low-fat diet overall.
They said: “Replacement of some dietary carbohydrate by protein in an ad libitum fat-reduced diet, improves weight loss and increases the proportion of subjects achieving a clinically relevant weight loss.
“More freedom to choose between protein-rich and complex carbohydrate-rich foods may allow obese subjects to choose more lean meat and dairy products, and hence improve adherence to low-fat diets in weight reduction programs.”
What are high-protein foods?
High-protein foods include but are not limited to: