If you follow the high protein low carb diet, proceed with caution. Too much protein is very bad for your body although various weight loss gurus recommend it; because it is more effective than fat or carbohydrates at filling us up. So if you can eat protein you don’t feel deprived and are more likely to stick to the diet. However, the side effects of a high protein diet can range from bad breath to digestive disorders and serious kidney diseases. There are much healthier ways to lose pounds without having to risk your health.
Protein is a very necessary part of your diet but it shouldn’t make up a huge portion. We need essential amino acids it produces to repair our bodies, and it also figures in metabolic reactions. It helps us to keep alert. It is found in a wide range of products from meat to dairy products.
You should start every day of your diet with a high fiber breakfast. Your energy stores have been depleted overnight so you may be tempted to fill up on carbohydrates. Eating a lot of fiber will kick start your digestion system and help to release energy and relieve constipation which often times can cause stomach bloating.
You should include high quality protein in your diet. Buy high quality meats and remove all of the visible fat. Eat plenty of fresh fish, low fat dairy products such as skimmed milk and cottage cheese. Beans are high protein, low in fat and high in fiber. They will help to make you feel fuller for longer. But they can cause unpleasant side effects in some people; so you may want to gradually increase your intake. Eating more legumes may be the secret to achieving longer life. They have been proven to help fight disease particularly breast cancer.
The amount of protein you eat per day should be spread across all of your meals and not just concentrated in one. Most of the western world eat their protein allowance in the evening. As it provides essential amino acids which the brain needs to function properly, you would feel more alert and capable if you were to eat your protein allowance at the start of the day. Adding protein to every meal will help your food to release energy slowly. Eating little and often also helps to increase your metabolism rate which helps you to lose pounds faster. Try adding chilies to your diet as they also help to increase your metabolism rate.
When you start to follow the low carb diet, avoid drinking caffeine. We all know that too much coffee is bad for you but do you know that it can make you fat. Caffeine affects insulin production and we need to keep our insulin levels low to inhibit fat production. So cutting out our regular coffees will not only save us money, and save calories; but it will also help us to keep our insulin levels low. The end result will be a healthy weight loss.