Why choose protein? It is important to consume protein because protein-laden foods are good for boosting your metabolism and enabling your body to burn fat rapidly. Secondly, in addition to burning fat, consuming a protein-enriched diet will help you rebuild muscle after work outs and maintain leanness of that muscle. Be smart about the protein you choose to eat. Eat more lean protein as opposed to fatty proteins. Although it is important to consume some fat, eating lean protein will minimize the calories and save room for those all important fruits and veggies.