Building lean body muscle and losing body fat is the goal of many athletes and weight-lifters. Protein is an essential building block for the body’s cells and nine essential amino acids, which make up protein are needed for your body to properly function. High protein diets have long been touted as effective weight loss plans and protein supplements, bars and shakes are very popular , but is it possible to have too much of a good thing and is a high protein diet right for you?
A diet high in protein will help you feel satisfied and not constantly hungry throughout the day since it takes longer to digest. It’s important to analyze and choose lean proteins such as chicken and fish since these will be satisfying without extra calories and fat. High protein diets are also generally easy to follow since high protein foods are widely available and there are many cost-effective protein sources to choose from such as eggs and beans. No unusual health foods or obscure ingredients are required to follow this diet!
A high protein diet will almost certainly jump start weight loss. The satisfied feeling from eating more protein will mean an overall lower calorie intake plus you will lose water weight from a lower intake of carbohydrates. Fueling your body with some protein an hour before a workout and including protein in a recovery snack will help you see better results from your workout as well as repair tired muscles.
Too much protein that your body is not using will simply be stored as fat and many great sources of protein are high fat foods, such as red meat, cheese, and ice cream. Too much fat causes innumerous health problems in addition to weight gain. Many health professionals recommend keeping your fat intake in check to prevent and control conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. High protein diets often mean low carbohydrate intake.
When your body does not have carbohydrates to use for energy, it will burn body fat and tissue for energy through a process called ketosis. While this is the weight loss strategy behind high protein diets, ketosis can be very hard on the kidneys which have to process the ketones, or byproducts of ketosis. High protein combined with low carbohydrates can leave you feeling foggy-headed, tired, nauseous, and cranky. Ketosis also causes very bad, sickly sweet-smelling breath. Eating complex carbohydrates such as fruits and plenty of vegetables along with protein will help you keep the unpleasant symptoms of ketosis in check. A doctor or nutritionist along with a personal trainer can help you come up with a diet and plan for protein to adequately meet your fitness goals. Come in and see us today to get started!