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11 August 2011

Eat more protein to preserve muscles

Postmenopausal women who are dieting but want to avoid losing muscle as they lose fat should add more protein to their diets, a study suggests.

Dieting postmenopausal women who want to avoid losing muscle as they lose fat should pay attention to a new University of Illinois study. Adding protein throughout the day not only holds hunger pangs at bay so that dieters lose more weight, it keeps body composition — the amount of fat relative to muscle — in better proportion.

"That loss can affect their strength, balance, and how well they perform everyday tasks, such as climbing stairs and getting up out of a chair," said Mina Mojtahedi, a researcher in Evans's laboratory.

 
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