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High Protein Diet for Weight Loss

High protein diet plan is a programme that advocates or preaches eating of complete proteins, fairly low carbohydrates and fats. If you have a high protein diet plan that is totally devoid of carbohydrate, you are setting yourself up for failure in your bid to lose weight. Carbohydrates play an essential role in the health of your body, removing it from your diet may cause health problem. Taking it in excess may cause overweight.

The baseline diet of 50-55% carbohydrate, 30% protein and 15-20% fat is without a doubt the healthiest high protein diet. Carbs can’t be totally eliminated from this diet as brain uses tons of calories to operate and think and the only language brain understands is glucose derivable mainly from carbohydrate for its fuel. The right type of carbohydrate for this diet plan can be derived from whole grains and other complex sources. These will provide the body with essential nutrient and energy. Please as much as you can, avoid simple carbohydrates and white carbs. These white carbs are low water and high carbohydrate concentrated.

The proteins in high protein diet should be such that contains a balanced combination of all the essential and non-essential amino acids in the exact amounts required by the body for growth. They are otherwise called complete protein. Good examples are those derived from egg, milk and meat. The one derived from vegetable, bean legumes and grain are not considered ‘complete’ as they lack one or more of the essential amino acids.

The followings are the popular proteins used in high protein diet plan:

a)      Shellfish

b)      Fish

c)      Chicken breast

d)     Eggs

e)      Turkey breast

f)       Lean red meat

g)      Low fat dairy product

h)      Milk

In this diet plan, you need to increase water intake, because metabolism of protein requires more water than fat or carbohydrate.

The standard recommendation for water re-hydration is 8 glasses a day so use that as a guide and make sure you drink.

Make sure that your plate is half meat and half vegetables. The protein is going to protect your muscles mass while you are losing weight.

For long term, high protein diet is not ideal for sustaining a healthy life style. As a short-term weight loss plan, there is no doubt that eating more protein and less carbohydrate makes it easier for people to lose body fat.

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