Protein is one of the most important facets of a healthy diet, especially if you are looking to lose weight. According Healthline, “Protein is the single most important nutrient for weight loss and a better looking body. A high protein intake boosts metabolism, reduces appetite and changes several weight-regulating hormones.”
Protein works by reducing the hunger hormone and boosting satiety hormones, which can help you feel fuller for longer and ultimately help you lose weight. According to Dr. Josh Axe, D.N.M., C.N.S., D.C., the high-protein food that flushes belly fat and helps you get a flat stomach is grass-fed beef.
Dr. Axe, who is the founder of Ancient Nutrition and DrAxe.com and the author of the best-selling book Keto Diet and the upcoming Collagen Diet, explains that there is a widespread misconception that red meat is unhealthy, but it is not true. Instead, grass-fed beef can be a great source of protein in a healthy diet.
This doesn't mean to load up on cheese burgers.
Dr. Axe clarifies, "Skipping the lower-quality versions and splurging on quality beef means you’ll be nourishing your body with one of the highest sources of protein, helping to encourage weight loss."
How does it work? Because red meat is high in protein, it benefits weight loss through the protein's effect on your hunger hormones. Dr. Axe explains, "Eating beef can actually help to control your appetite and satisfy hunger."
Specifically, beef is a great source of a healthy fat called conjugated linoleic acid, which a study suggests can help with weight loss and reduce body fat.
Looking for another protein-rich food to try? Dr. Axe also recommends incorporating beans and legumes into your diet. They are among the most affordable sources of protein, fiber, and antioxidants, and they're also great for weight loss.
Dr. Axe explains, "Certain studies have shown that consuming resistant starch found in beans can help control your appetite and lead to significant reductions in unhealthy body fat, as well as offering help with blood sugar management and digestive function."