Protein diet

Eating fish, pulses, lean chicken meat and protein shakes can actually make you lose a lot of weight, and it is also heart friendly. A high protein diet is sometimes confused with the Atkins Diet, though it is different in its approach. If you are on a high protein diet, you would need to get around 50 percent of your calories from protein, the rest from carbohydrates and fats. It is essentially fish based, which means you can eat a lot of Omega 3 based foods like salmon, sardines, trout and more oily fish. The essential omega 3 fatty acid in fish are Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

One of the main benefits of a high protein is that you lose weight very fast, as it has fewer calories than carbohydrates. It also helps build muscles. Besides, as it does not convert to sugar, there is no insulin surge.  As protein tends to swell up in the stomach, it fills up the stomach, so in effect you consume less food.  Also it improves your metabolism as the body needs more energy to burn.

In a high protein diet, you would ideally be eating around 1250 calories a day. Breakfast would be a protein based cereal or a protein shake, with low fat milk. There are plenty of commercially made high protein cereals available today.  A good quality one may also have plenty of wheat germ and flax seed that helps add to the proteins naturally. At night before sleeping, a protein shake is recommended.

Lunch would be a soya or linseed supplemented bread, low fat chicken or ham.  Dinner would be fish based with some vegetables. You could add pulses, legumes and nuts, however many of these do not have essential amino acids that help build muscle or repair the body cells.

There is some criticism from all quarters about protein diets. It helps quick weight loss, but few dieticians feel that this is not sustained, which means the weight can pile up soon enough. Carbohydrate foods are mood elevators, so a diet, which is so low in these, may cause mood swings. It also may be difficult to sustain because the body craves for carbohydrates after a while. There is also a fear that the body will not have the benefit of vitamins C and B and much of the nutrition they offer, this may lead to major diseases later. If  you are looking for a quick weight loss this would help, because it is the way that many have found themselves lighter by many pounds.

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