What is the protein leverage hypothesis?
The protein leverage hypothesis is a new theory by two professors, Stephen Simpson and David Raubenheimer. They believe that too little protein in the diet makes people gain weight because they over-compensate with fats and carbohydrates.
A higher a proportion of protein in the diet will certainly help with weight loss, and the theory can change the way we treat obesity. If people eat the correct proportion of high-quality protein, their carbohydrate, fat and overall energy intake will take care of itself. The key to good nutrition is about the balance between macronutrients in the diet, especially the ratio of protein to carbohydrates and fats.
For me, this is old news. I discovered the power of proteins in the diet more than a decade ago, and I have been using this concept in my weight loss program, with great results.
Decreasing the percentage of protein in your diet often leads to overeating, and especially to overeating fats and carbohydrates. This is even more prevalent in individuals who are carbohydrate sensitive and insulin resistant.
Getting the balance right
The right balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates in the diet is important; but it will influence different people in different ways. The solution always needs to be tailored to the individual..
Protein is important, but the answer is more than just eating more protein. It is the also the quality of the protein that is important. And this is something that most people – including the experts – often neglect.
The trick is to pick the right proteins, as well as the right ratio of protein. You also need to know how to differentiate the high-quality proteins from the lesser quality proteins – as well as knowing the right carbohydrates and fats needed to achieve the best metabolic outcomes.
The protein power module in Dr Leon’s weight loss program has my unique system of ranking proteins according to their quality and effect on weight loss. Check out Dr Leon’s weight loss program for more information.