How Balanced Nutrition Works

How Balanced Nutrition Works Different nutrients affect your body in different ways. We've all experienced a sugar rush and the drowsiness that follows a holiday feast. A study published in the journal Neuron suggests that a cellular mechanism in your brain translates dietary choices into unique patterns of activity.

Researchers observed that protein from egg whites activated orexin/hypocretin neurons that regulate alertness and energy balance. When carbohydrate glucose was applied, neuron activity was inhibited, but this effect was suppressed when glucose and proteins appeared together.

True Strength Moment: Not only does this experiment highlight the importance of balancing macronutrient intake, it shows that protein consumption promotes alertness and energy expenditure. This might be one of the reasons high-protein diets often help with weight loss. A typical high-protein diet is approximately 35% protein and 55% carbohydrates with the remaining 10% left to healthy fats. That's a lot more balanced than the typical diet, which tilts heavily toward carbs.
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