Understanding Protein in Relationship to Fat Burning

3D structure of the protein

You might not need as much protein for fat burning as you think. Not done well, protein may be slowing the process causing you not to burn as much fat as you’d like.

The principal behind any diet is to trigger fat burning and lose weight. When you resolve to have proteins and vegetables, the question that raises is; what proteins should you take and in what amounts?

There are hormones that trigger weight loss. You have to look for foods that will produce the right hormones and in the right amounts. There is enough evidence that insulin hormone helps to keep your blood sugar level from getting too high (hyperglycemia) or too low. Therefore Insulin will not aid in fat burning. On the other hand we know that Leptin hormone is directly connected to body fat. A protein food that will not trigger insulin production is what we need.

In this case, you have to understand the nature of proteins since very few foods are pure proteins. Most of them are a combination of proteins, carbohydrates and fats and still check the nutrient level. If you in check of calories only, you might be tempted to avoid the proteins with high fats. So much focus on proteins may end up overworking your liver. Remember the older you are the more dysfunctional your liver becomes.

Let us look into some of the common proteins we tend to have:


93% Protein

0% Carbohydrates

7% Fat

This and other seafood are an excellent choice. It has no carbohydrates and very low fats in it. In addition, with these your liver has less stress.


15% Protein

13% Carbohydrates

70% Fat

Nuts are awesome. They do wonders to our bodies. They are low in carbohydrates, which do not convert into sugar very fast with the exception of cashews even though they (cashews) are high in fats. The level of fats in all proteins should not worry you since the fats in proteins are neutral. Therefore, if you want to burn fats through the hormone system, it is necessary to think about fats in relation to the liver since too much fat irritates the liver. Therefore you need to do more vegetables in your diet. However, nuts are high in nutrients.


23% Protein

72% Carbohydrates

3% Fat

Beans are high in carbohydrates and low in fats. Most of these beans will turn into sugar very fast. It is not advisable to take beans for weight loss. In addition, the carbohydrates in beans slows your metabolism and affects the insulin levels. The fact that beans are cooked means that most of the enzymes die and therefore they become low in nutrients.

Yoghurt and cheese

36% Protein

29% Carbohydrates

22% Fat

Yoghurt has high carbohydrates and low fat so when it comes to weight loss these may slow you down a bit. However, because it is loaded with calcium, the nutrient levels that are high.

Animal protein

59% Protein

0% Carbohydrates

41% Fat

This is an excellent choice. However, the fats levels are high and therefore you need to increase the vegetables intake to clean up that fat.


16% Protein

72% Carbohydrates

15% Fat

Kales are high in carbohydrates. The positive is most of that carbohydrates does not turn into sugar very fast.

  • That means kales are low glycaemic.
  • They are high in insoluble fibre which takes a lot of energy to break down.
  • Has healthy fats i.e. omega 3, omega 6 and
  • High in nutrients.


29% Protein

2% Carbohydrates

69% Fat

They are very low in carbohydrates but very high in fats. Therefore you will need to increase vegetables to counter the amount of fat. They are very high in nutrients.

Foods to consider avoiding


  • Grains have 15% protein which is considerably low.
  • 75% Carbohydrates that turns into sugar very fast.
  • 4% fat
  • And Low nutrition.

Grains will block any chance of losing weight completely because it will trigger insulin hormone.

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