Originally Posted by Tick
From what I understand (and someone can correct me if I am wrong) protein helps your muscles heal, help you feal more full, and actually assist in the burning of calories. When doing your calorie intake for a day remember that 1 gram of protein and Carbs are 4 calories, Fat is 9 calories, and Alcohol is 7 (These numbers look right, but again correct me if I am wrong).
Protein helps you lose weight because it is good calories coming into your system. Protein is good :-)
I have used the HIIT before. That stuff gives you a killer workout. I dropped from 220 pounds to about 190 in 3 to 4 months. I did HIIT cardio workout and I formulated my weight workouts to be kind of like cardio. It was a circuit training workout where I took little to no rest between the differnt excercises. Took about a minute or two rest between circuits though.
From things I have read Squats and like excercises help burn tons of calories. This is because they work the iggest muscle group in the body, the legs. I dont recall the exact numbers but for every pound of lean muscle mass, you burn X (300?) more calories a day by doing nothing.
First off, you read too much "stuff" but aren't learning any concepts behind what you read.
Originally Posted by some other guy
The role of protein
As a major functional and structural component of all cells in your body, protein is the most important building material for muscles, hormones, enzymes and the immune system.
Proteins are formed from building blocks known as ‘amino acids’. All the body’s proteins are made up from various combinations of the same twenty different amino acids. Of the twenty amino acids, eight cannot be made in the body and have to be ingested with your food. These are valine, leucine, isoleucine, threonine, methionine, phenylalanine, tryptophane and lysine. These are known as the essential amino acids and you should ensure that you are consuming the recommended daily allowance of all eight of these amino acids. As a sports participant, the essential amino acids valine, leucine, and isoleucine are of particular importance as these are used when your body uses protein as an energy source.
The reason protein is good on a diet is it has a thermogenic effect.
In a study published in the American Journal of Physiology, one group was fed a high protein diet (just over one gram per pound of bodyweight per day) while the second group consumed a protein diet near equal to that of the RDA.
The group eating the high protein diet burned more fat than the group consuming protein near equal to the RDA.One reason for this could be an increased "thermic" effect. The thermic effect of the RDA group was elevated 16% after eating.
However, in the high protein group the thermic effect increased 42% after eating, almost 3 times that of the RDA group.
This thermic effect of digesting your food peaks approximately one hour after eating. Spreading your daily caloric intake over 6 meals a day, eating every 2 to 3 hours, helps to take advantage of the increased metabolic rate that accompanies eating.
In other words, the more often you eat, the higher your metabolic rate, i.e. the number of calories your body burns each day.
In addition, by adding more protein to each meal, you also increase your metabolism. Your body requires more energy (i.e. calories) to process protein than it does to digest carbohydrates.