Can More Protein Reduce Muscle Loss?

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Can eating more protein while dieting can help reduce muscle loss?  It has been said that while losing weight, muscle mass will decrease.  

New research experimented with varying levels of protein intake during weight loss regimens.  Subjects ate the recommended amount of protein, double or triple.  

All the subjects lost weight, but those eating the higher levels of protein had less muscle loss and more fat mass loss.  We recommend higher protein diets in general

If you would like to increase your protein intake, consider a whey protein isolate.  They digest well and are highly absorbable.

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