No. Regardless of the food source, unless you eat more food than you burn in energy per day, you cannot gain weight, which applies just as much to a high protein diet as any other. If you’re on a fat loss diet, you follow the plan and you lose weight: there’s no way you can get bulkier. In fact, a high protein diet has been shown to be superior for building muscle, gaining strength, and losing weight, compared to a low or moderate protein diet.
What’s considered “high protein?”
200-pound male- Greater than 140 grams of protein per day
150-pound female- Greater than 105 grams of protein per day
Muscle and Strength Benefits:
- Dietary protein stimulates the cellular processes that instigate muscle growth. Taking in adequate protein in a timely manner throughout the day maximizes the muscle building response.
- Enhanced recovery after exercise, which allows you to train harder at subsequent sessions, ultimately driving more muscle growth and performance benefits over time.
Fat Loss Benefits:
- Protein digests slowly and stimulates the release of specific hormones that signal the brain to make you less hungry, and ultimately makes it easier to follow your app.
- By saving more muscle tissue as you lose weight, a high protein diet helps prop up your metabolic rate (which typically decreases during a diet), making fat loss faster.
- By maintaining more muscle mass while dieting, you end up look shapelier and better at the end: who wants to put in all that hard work just to retain their former shape, only smaller?
A high protein diet helps suppress appetite, maintains hard earned muscle, and increase the number of calories burned: a winning combination for fat loss.