High Protein Diet for Weight Loss
Protein is the nutrient most of us need more to stay healthy, slim, and energized—especially at breakfast.
Why is protein essential for Weight Loss?
To increase metabolism and to help maintain your muscle mass, increasing protein would be a good move. Heightened metabolism and increased muscle mass helps with fat-burning. Eating more protein that cause fat-burning effects which leads to weight loss were confirmed in a study published in the American Journal of Physiology where the group eating the higher-protein diet burned the most fat.
What is a high protein diet?
High protein diet allows you to eat unlimited amounts of meat, fish, most cheeses, poultry and eggs while limiting the carbohydrates. The quality of carbohydrates (carbs) you eat is important too. Choose high in fiber and nutrient-dense carbs. Good examples are whole grains, vegetable and fruits. In this way, you will avoid fiber insufficiency that causes constipation.
What foods are high in protein?
Following a high protein diet should be taken with great care and consideration. Some high-protein diets that include foods such as red meat and full-fat dairy products may increase your risk of heart disease. It may also not advisable for people with kidney disease due to the trouble your body may have in eliminating protein metabolism waste products. It is therefore recommended to choose your protein wisely.
What are the Good sources of Protein?
Here are some great choices:
- soy protein
- skinless poultry
- lean beef
- low fat dairy products
What are the proteins to avoid?
Avoid processed meats.
How many grams of protein should you eat per day?
Based on US Department of Agriculture, it is recommended that men and women, 19 years old and above should get at least 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight daily, that’s 0.37 grams per pound. So for a woman who weighs 130 pounds, should get at least 48 grams of protein per day. That’s like almost 7 eggs.
In the next Article, we will give you a healthy high protein diet recipe that you can easily prepare.
*Unless otherwise stated, individual results may vary depending on many factors not all patients “feel” or achieve the same results.