You’d think that if the low-carb diet craze taught us anything, it’s the importance of a high protein diet. But even if you haven’t eaten a hamburger bun since the late ’90s, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting enough of what typically goes between the bread.
Recently, the diet pendulum has swung in favor of counting calories—an effective weight-loss tool, but not one that always prioritizes protein. “Many women perceive foods that are rich in protein as being high in calories or fattening,” says Laura J. Kruskall, Ph.D., R.D., director of nutrition sciences at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. This isn’t the case, but diehard counters know that most proteins will cost you a few more calories than fruits and veggies will.