This is a preview of a member exclusive premium article. Editor-in-Chief Carol Crooker offers her perspective on a high protein/low carb food list for backpacking. Increased and sustained energy levels as a result of increasing protein intake is not a new concept - however, backpackers tend to ignore protein in lieu of fast-energy carbs and caloric-dense fats. Increasing the protein levels in your diet, however, has been known to help regulate your metabolism and maintain more sustained energy levels, especially in endurance sports, where protein intake is known to kickstart metabolism after a glycemic crash.
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