Protein Food Sources for Fat Loss

proteins for fat loss

Protein is considered perhaps the number one macronutrient for fat loss.

  • Protein keeps people feeling fuller longer,
  • It isn't readily used for energy nor stored as fat.
  • It facilitates the building of muscle tissue, which in turn, burns more calories.

However, as with ANY food you can have too much of a good thing.

How Much Protein?

The human body has a limit to the amount of protein it can actually utilize daily. One of the most well respected research studies conducted by Dr. Peter Lemon determined that even athletes benefited from just .73 grams of protein per pound of body weight daily. src.

A more general rule of thumb suggests that people aim for 1g per pound of body weight. Excess protein isn't harmful for those with proper functioning kidneys, but the notion that dieters benefit from massive quantities of protein is a myth perpetuated by the supplement industry.

Most people can shoot for around 20-30 grams of protein per meal.

Some foods are better protein sources than others. However, some higher-protein food sources may have higher carbohydrate and fat content.

Learn to make good choices by using the list below.

Good Sources of Protein

Red Meat

  • Beef (lean cuts)
  • Pork (lean)
  • Veal
  • Venison
  • Rabbit
  • Bison
  • Other game meats




Vegetable: (less concentrated)

  • Beans (lentils, adzuki beans & others)
  • Quinoa
  • Chia
  • Nuts (peanuts, almonds, pistachios)
  • Peas (split peas, chickpeas)
  • Soybeans
  • Grains & seeds (be aware of carb and fat content)

Protein sources to Avoid or Limit

The Simple Rule

If in doubt choose protein from foods that are unprocessed or minimally processed and as lean as possible.

See Also

Foods for Fat Loss.