High quality dietary protein serves a variety of important functions during calorie restriction. Protein is associated with increased satiety, better maintenance of metabolic rate as well as providing a vital supply of essential amino acids to maintain lean body mass.
Protein is particularly important during weight loss for maintenance of lean body mass. When there is an energy deficit the need for protein increases since some amino acids will be diverted to producing energy for critical metabolic functions. While a standard diet needs to provide at least 0.8 grams of protein per kg of body weight, the calorie restricted diet should provide between 1.2 to 1.5 grams of protein per kg of desired body weight.
Including nutritionally formulated products, custom designed for use with Focus28 low calorie meal plans, will assure that dieters obtain an optimal amount of high quality, lean protein on a daily basis. Supplemental protein as an integral part of a comprehensive weight management program will facilitate successful weight loss and long term maintenance.