SalmonAccording to The International Food Information Council Foundation 37% of all consumers are convinced that they can lose weight more easily with a high protein diet. 

A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour described how a team surveyed a nationally-representative sample of 1,824 women aged from 40 to 60 years.

They wanted to find out how the women perceived protein sources and how many used a high protein, low carb diet to maintain their body weight.

They found that eating more protein to prevent weight gain is popular among women, and over half of all the obese women and 43% of the women overall in the study ate more protein to prevent weight gain.

The researchers commented that the participants who said they lost weight with “eating more protein” had a dietary protein intake similar to the recommendations in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

Bear in mind, of course, that not all proteins come from animal sources. Many plants including soya (tofu), other legumes like lentils, quinoa and nuts and seeds are rich in protein too.

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