I am going to let you in on a little secret that people who want to lose weight quickly do not know about and that is protein can in many ways be considered a fat burning food because it can speed up your metabolism.
It just so happens to have the highest thermic effect of any food. This means that the body uses more energy or calories to digest and absorb protein over any other food such as fat and carbohydrates. In fact your metabolic rate can be sped up considerably by as much as 30% simply by eating protein.
This means for every 100 calories of protein foods like salmon and chicken breasts only 70 calories are left over after digesting and processing. So for thinning out ,it is important to eat the right quantities of protein at the right times each and every day, while you are on a balanced diet.
Here is another little secret about protein you may not know about. Just like different carbohydrates have different rates of absorption, proteins do too. For example egg whites are metabolized much faster than red meat. So when trying to lose weight it is important to be focusing on proteins that are metabolized quickly such as chicken, fish and eggs.
So you are probably wondering how much protein you need to eat? The amount of protein that is required is basically determined by several factors like the amount of muscle on your body and how physically active you are.
Now to determine the amount of muscle you have on your body go to a gym or a fitness retailer. They have a body fat measuring place, have a body fat percentage test done which will test your lean body mass or the amount of muscle on your body.