Protein is the body's most important building block and should cover about 40% of your total energy requirements.
When trying to lose weight, a protein-rich diet leaves you feeling fuller for longer. Proteins also counteract the loss of muscle mass while dieting.
The larger the muscle mass, the more energy is consumed and the higher the demand for calories.
How well the body can use the absorbed protein and convert it into body protein is indicated by the biological value.
It therefore makes sense to include a lot of high-quality protein in your weight loss diet.
Animal proteins have a higher biological value than plant proteins. However, they also tend to contain additional fat and cholesterol.
Despite their lower biological value, plant proteins are therefore preferable to animal proteins. The right combination of foods can increase the biological value – for example adding corn and beans.