Eating lean protein at every meal has multiple benefits including being a faster fat burner. Protein increases RMR (that metabolic rate that burns calories at a higher rate even at rest), helps you feel fuller longer, and uses more calories for digestion. By feeling fuller longer, you may also be less tempted to eat not-so-nutritious snacks. Right after a workout is an excellent time to consume about 20 grams of protein either from lean meats or a protein supplement, followed by another 20 grams two hours after that. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs and nuts are excellent forms of lean meat compared to fatty beef, sausage, bacon, hot dogs and some lunch meats.
Bridget R. Sanders, PTA
The Memorial Hospital Physical Therapy Department