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Eating Too Much Protein is Making You Fat

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Giant steaks and batch-boxes of chicken breasts are often thought of as the gym-goer’s route to satiety. But the nutritional science behind long-term satisfaction is more nuanced. A recent study revealed that men who ate meals focused on legumes (beans, peas and lentils) consumed 12% fewer calories at their next meal than those who gorged on protein-rich plates of pork or beef.

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“Two-thirds of legumes’ nutritional make-up is from slow-releasing carbs,” says sports nutritionist Matt Lovell. “This, along with a high-fibre content, means that energy is fed more slowly into the bloodstream, so you avoid triggering the low-glucose response to your brain that causes you to feel hungry again.”

Lovell suggests consuming no more than 2g of protein per kilogram of bodyweight, combined with slow carbs spread evenly across all your meals. And the fact that excessive protein will only end up being stored as fat should be more incentive to forego that extra helping of cold cuts during the festive period.

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