In addition to helping build muscle, your metabolic furnace for burning fats, lean protein helps stoke the fat-burning fires- its thermogenic effect is 20-30% compared with an anemic 3-12% for carbohydrates. This basically means that it takes many more calories to digest, absorb and utilize protein versus carbohydrates. As you include protein in every meal and snack all day long, you raise your fat-burning potential as well.
Make sure to choose lean protein sources such as eggs, chicken, turkey, fish, lean red meat and vegetable proteins. If you don't already have a blender and some protein powder, buy them. When you crave a high-fat or high-carb snack, reach for a protein shake instead.