How “Protein Leverage” Can Help You Prevent Menopausal Weight Gain

Stephen Holt

Millions of readers of national fitness magazines including Shape, Women's Health, Fitness. Woman's Day, Family Circle, Runner's World, (and many others) have made their exercise programs both more effective AND more efficient with fitness and nutrition advice from "America's Baby Boomer Expert," Stephen Holt.

Here’s a powerful takeaway from a book I just read that you can use starting today …

From Eat Like The Animals: What Nature Teaches Us About the Science of Healthy Eating by David Raubenheimer:

Protein Leverage is the author’s hypothesis that humans (and several other species they tested) have a specific amount of protein we need to get each day.

You tend to eat enough to reach that specific amount of protein – regardless of the total number of calories it took you to get there.

His studies showed that lean subjects tended to eat until they got about 15% of their “habitual daily calories” from protein.

For example, if someone was typically satisfied eating a conveniently round 2000 calories a day, they’d eat about 300 calories (75 grams) of protein.

If, however, they fell short of that 75 grams of protein for a day or two, they would eat in excess of their usual 2000 calories until they made up for that protein deficit.

And, therefore, gain weight.

What this means for you:
Prioritize protein in your meals. Make sure you’re getting at least 15% of your daily calories from protein.

Let me know how this works out for you.

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