Results of a new study show that doubling protein intake together with exercise helps you lose fat without dropping muscle mass.
Adequate protein is key to repairing and building muscles, and it works particularly well after a workout. The difference noted in the study is this: Eating more protein can help you lose fat and build muscle mass—so don’t cut back on proteins if fat loss is your goal.
Even though the study was carried out with a small group of participants, it was well-controlled and showed that healthy, active people who increase their intake of protein while restricting calories are likely to lose more weight short term. Researchers also found that participants who ate double the quantity of protein lost fat, but not muscle mass as long as they were exercising.