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Thermogenic Diet The Secret To Long Lasting Weight Loss

Thermogenic Diet, the secret to longer lasting weight loss

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has confirmed that increasing protein can increase lean muscle mass. The 25 individuals in the study we given either a low (5%), normal (15%) or high protein (25%) diet. They found that those on a low protein diet gained less weight, however they also tended to have a lower metabolic rate. Our metabolism is extremely important in maintaining a healthy weight.

In my book the Thermogenic Diet, I discuss the importance of maintaining a healthy metabolism for weight loss. People who are overweight tend to have a lower thermogenic effect, and therefore this is important in maintaining weight loss. Another interesting finding from the study is that calorie intake is the most important factor in body fat gain; however the protein content of the diet determines the type of weight gain.

The study was very well designed and tightly controlled, although the number of participants in the study was relatively small, only 25 people were involved and the age of those in the study were young at 18 to 35 years of age. The other problem with the study is that it did not include any obese people.

The participants in the study were initially placed on a weight-stabilizing diet, then randomly placed in the low, normal or high protein diet. During the last 2 months of the 3 month stay at the metabolic unit they were overfed by the researchers.

What they found was the high protein diets provided an extra 954 calories per day compared to the original stabilising diet. There was an increase in weight in all people in the study and they found the low protein diet group gained considerably less weight compared with the other two groups.

Low protein 3.16 kg weight gain but no increase in metabolism

Normal protein 6.05 kg weight gain and increased metabolism by 160 calories

High protein 6.51 kg weight gain and increased metabolism by 227 calories

In a nut shell, the increase in protein leads to an increase in metabolism and lean muscle mass.

This is important because if our metabolism slows down, we are more likely to gain extra body fat. The Thermogenic diet is all about eating to maintain your metabolism. To pre-order your copy email me at or go to

ReferencesJAMA. 2012;307[1]:47-55.

29 Feb 2012

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