Year round, struggling with weight loss or weight maintenance can be difficult. It is especially difficult in November and December. Less time outdoors, craving comfort foods, holiday dining and parties. If you’re trying to lose weight and are looking for a strategy that is best for you, we often recommend a high protein diet.
High Protein Diet Benefits
High protein diets tend to help people feel less hungry while maintaining muscle mass as they drop pounds. Keeping muscle is very important as muscle helps burn more calories than does fat,so having a higher muscle mass will help keep up your metabolism. Lean animal proteins like chicken, fish and lean cuts of meat are good choices. Other good high protein foods are nonfat dairy, yogurt, beans, lentils, and nuts in moderation.
Though a lot of people argue that soy protein is very good for you, soy can be problematic for men or for women who have had breast cancer since it contains phytoestrogens, a type of plant hormone that acts like estrogen in the body. High protein fatty foods, like fatty cuts of red meat, full-fat dairy, and fast foods
should be limited both for health and weight loss reasons. In general, the high protein foods you choose to eat on a weight loss program should be combined with foods that are moderate to low carb and low fat for the best weight loss results.
Our Medical Weight Loss for Life program always recommends you consult with your healthcare providers to suggest the best weight loss method for you. With our program weight loss plan, we provide you with meal replacements that are already balanced for the ideal amount of protein, carbs, and nutrients for losing weight and maintaining optimum health. Our program also has the benefits of specialized bariatric medical providers who evaluate you, provide a comprehensive non-surgical medical approach, monitor your progress and provide exercise ideas and lifestyle strategies to help you succeed.
For more information about our program, call us at (860) 388 – 9920, or Email Us Here.
Can High Protein Diets Be Dangerous?
There used to be concerns that a high protein diet could damage the kidneys and cause renal failure. However, scientific studies have not supported that claim. In fact, high protein diets can be beneficial to diabetics (because they’re usually lower carb diets) as well as people who are insulin-resistant or have polycystic ovarian syndrome. The only people who should definitely avoid a high protein diet are those with kidney disease or a renal deficiency because they are unable to excrete the waste products of protein metabolism. But if you’re generally healthy, eating a high protein diet to lose excess pounds shouldn’t be a problem.
The most important thing to keep in mind: Losing weight isn’t just about the amount of protein, it’s also about calories. No matter how much or little protein you’re taking in, in the end you have to consume fewer calories than you expend to achieve any sort of weight loss.
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Information provided on this website and in the Doctor’s Blog is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. Please consult your health care professional for evaluation of your individual case. Article courtesy of The Center for Medical Weight Loss.