Proteins that add to belly fat are indeed the most eaten foods. We always hear doctors, health specialists, fitness pro, and the likes speak of how important protein is for the body. It is true that optimized protein intake is important for satiety and appetite control, and improving the physical composition.
The recommended dietary allowance established by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) is 0.8 g/kg body weight/day; further, for people wanting to lose fat, or elders, or people involved in too much physical activity, 1.6 g/kg body weight/day is recommended.
- boost metabolism.
- accelerate fat loss/weight loss.
- preserve the rate of metabolism after fat loss/weight loss.
- improve glycemic regulation.
- contribute to weight maintenance long term.
- improve carb metabolism.
- help in building lean muscle mass.
- help in the absorption of calcium.
- prevent muscle mass loss in elders.
- help in satiety and appetite control.
Now, NOT ALL PROTEIN SOURCES are equal. There are some proteins that people generally say are healthy; BUT IN REALITY, these protein sources keep adding to your belly fat!
BUT WAIT! I THOUGHT “CARBS” ADD TO BODY FAT. EVERY TIME I ASK ABOUT A DIET TO LOSE BELLY FAT, THE FIRST THING I AM TOLD IS ‘REDUCE CARB INTAKE; INCREASE PROTEIN INTAKE’
RIGHT, but do you know which proteins? NOT ALL PROTEINS ARE HEALTHY. Let us learn, in brief, about those proteins that add to belly fat if consumed on a regular basis, and leads to many health issues.
Proteins that Add to Belly Fat #1: Fried Non-Veg Items
We know that chicken, mutton, fish, pork, beef, shrimps, prawns have healthy proteins. TRUE but once you put them in oil to deep fry, the end products such as fried prawns, fried steaks, fried chicken, fried fish, taste good no doubt BUT add to your belly fat.
Why is it so?
And as you know, TRANS FATS are the reason behind many dangerous health issues:
- obesity (includes abdominal obesity)
- cardiovascular diseases
- endothelial dysfunction
- decrease in insulin sensitivity
Abdominal obesity (increase in visceral fat in the abdomen region), commonly known as “belly fat”, leads to many metabolic abnormalities:
- very high LDL (bad cholesterol)
- lower HDL (good cholesterol)
- high level of inflammation
- very poor carb tolerance
- leptin resistance
- insulin resistance
So, next time you eat such fried items and think that these are all protein-rich, and you will get health benefits, think again. These food items are all trans-fat-rich.
Proteins that Add to Belly Fat #2: Soy
Again, soy is known to be a protein good for health. NO. Consume soy and you will get the result in the form of high belly fat. Also, if you are looking for health benefits from protein-rich foods, then soy is totally an “inferior” option to animal proteins.
You need to totally stay away from:
- Soy milk
- Soy yogurt
- Soy nuggets (soy meat)
- Soy based formula (for infants)
- Soy protein powder
- Soybean oil
- Soy ice creams
Why soy adds to belly fat? Let’s check:
- Is an “allergen”
- Is “genetically modified”, that is, genetically engineered
- Reduces testosterone levels—soy contains phytoestrogens (known as isoflavones), known to lower testosterone
- Impairs the functions of thyroid—soy contains goitrogens, known to block thyroid hormone synthesis
- Can cause GI distress and inadequate digestion
- Contains phytic acid, preventing vitamin (niacin) and mineral (iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium) absorption in the body
- Leads to reproductive problems in women—soy phytoestrogens disrupt the function of endocrine system, leading to infertility and imbalanced hormones, can promote breast cancer
So, now you know why you need to stay away from soy!
Proteins that Add to Belly Fat #3: Foods containing Gluten
Gluten foods give rise to a variety of extra-intestinal and gastrointestinal symptoms like:
- Weight gain
- Muscle cramps
- Numbness in legs
- Bloating and gas
- Bone/joint discomfort
- Behavioral changes
- Sugar cravings
- Mood swings
- Difficult to concentrate
- Abdominal pains
I know it is very difficult to separate gluten; best would be to avoid gluten foods as much as you can.
Proteins that add to belly fat (who wants a big belly!) should be avoided like plague. Not all foods containing proteins are healthy for the body. Choose carefully what you eat. Remember that eating in moderation is the KEY.