What is the buzz about high-protein foods and weight loss really about? You’ve probably heard about one of the many extreme high-protein, low-carbohydrate plans (like keto or paleo) and how proponents claim they yield quick and effective weight loss. Maybe you’ve even tried one — but didn’t achieve the results you wanted (um, why am I gaining weight on a diet?).
If you’ve ever wondered what protein has to do with weight loss, we’ve got good news: Finding the right balance of nutritious foods that include healthy servings of protein might be just what you need to start losing weight. Even better: You don’t have to cut out entire food groups or only eat meat to reach your goals. Here’s how protein can be a helpful tool throughout your weight loss journey.