A new research project reveals that you may be getting too much of a good thing
A team of researchers has uncovered a possible connection between eating a diet high in protein and increased body fat, but they aren’t sure how it affects health.
While researchers have been examining the effects of a protein-rich diet on the body for years, there hasn’t been much research on how much of it is actually needed to promote health.
Now, however, a team of scientists from the University of California, Irvine have found that consuming a diet with protein is likely enough to promote fat loss and improve metabolic health.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which is conducted every two years by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Using data from NHANES participants who were between 25 and 59 years old, the researchers found that people who ate a diet containing more protein than average had higher body fat levels than those who ate less.
The study found that the average person had an extra four percent body fat in the diet, compared to people who were on average consuming about 1.5 percent of their daily calories from protein.
In addition, the study found a correlation between body fat and BMI, the weight someone has at the waist, or the amount of body fat someone has over the entire body.
Body fat levels were higher among people who consumed the diet with a high amount of protein.
This finding suggests that higher protein intake may not be the most effective way to help someone lose weight, said Dr. Joseph Parnell, the lead author of the study.
Protein may actually cause a metabolic stress, leading to an increase in fat and a loss of muscle massThe researchers also found that a high protein diet was associated with a higher risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and obesity.
The research team says it will be important to look at other dietary patterns and protein sources in future research, including studies on the health effects of protein supplements.