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A Guide to High Protein Diets

A Guide to High Protein Diets

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    Dec 16, 2015   Author : admin

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The Protein Power

What does it say? The Protein Power diet is a high-protein, low-carbohydrates diet. It is based on the theory that lowering your body’s insulin levels which regulates carbohydrate metabolism and triggers the body to make glucagon (a hormone that burns stored fat for energy) will help in weight lost. Lower carbs means lower insulin levels and this will lead to more burned fat, therefore help you lose weight.

What you can and cannot eat: Proteins such as eggs, fish, poultry, red meat, low-fat cheese and tofu are highly encouraged. Green leafy vegetables, eggplants, mushrooms and the like are also allowed. Diet sodas, artificial sweeteners, light beer and glass of wine are also allowed but in moderation. You should also include 25 grams of fibre a day. It is also advised to take vitamin-and-mineral supplements (that contains atlas 90 ml of potassium) daily. Source: WebMD

High-protein diets are surely gaining popularity. It is the choice of diet of most body-builders and fitness enthusiasts. High-protein diet says to help tame hunger, which can contribute to weight loss. If you are looking for a new diet to try, take a look at some of these. 

The Zone Diet

What does it say? The Zone Diet is one of the easiest trends to follow. It is based on the theory that eating a strategic set of carbohydrates, protein and fat helps the body’s metabolic system works at peak efficiency. There are no food restrictions, just proper proportions every meal: 30 percent protein - 30 percent fat - 40 percent carbs. No immediate and dramatic weight loss promised. But The Zone Diet assures that the weight you will lose eventually will be all fat, not muscle nor water.

What you can and cannot eat: Again, no food restrictions. It’s all about food proportion. Diet is divided into 5 parts: 3 meals and 2 snacks a day. A meal will be a mix of low fat protein, fruits and vegetables as source of carbs, and a small amount of “good” fat like avocado. Calorie count is also part of the diet. For women, it’s 1200 calories a day. For men, it’s 1500. Source: WebMD

The Dukan Diet

What does it say? The Dukan Diet promises 10 pounds gone in one week. It is based on the theory that limiting carbohydrates will force the body to burn fat. Unlike the other diet where you have to watch out for the quantities of food intake, in this diet you can eat unlimited qualities of food, as long as it’s part of the approved food list. It is a combination of diet and lifestyle changes.

What you can and cannot eat: The Dukan Diet comes in 4 phases: The “Attack” phase which lasts for 10 days, you can eat all the lean meat that you can, 1.5 tablespoons of oat bran and at least six glasses of water a day. 

The "Cruise" phase, which can last for several months, you need to add non-starchy veggies every other day and an extra half-tablespoon of oat bran.

The "Consolidation" stage which continues for five days for every pound you’ve lost, vegetables, a piece of fruit, one serving of hard cheese and two slices of whole-grain bread will be added to your diet. During this phase you can also have “celebration” meals where you can eat whatever you want. 

The "Stabilization" phase, which is the final phase of the diet, is all about maintenance.  During this phase, you can already eat whatever you like, except for a day per week when you have to abide by the Attack phase (all-protein diet). Three tablespoons of oat bran a day can also be added. Lastly, you have to take a walk for at least 20 minutes every day. Source: WebMD

Diets are not all the same. The effect of one is different to another. So before you dive into any of these diets, make sure to consult a dietician or a doctor first. Be sure that the diet you choose will fit you and your lifestyle. 


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