I have been requested to do a high protein diet and weight loss. How does it work? Does it work? Would I recommend it?
*First, I’m not a doctor. I don’t claim to be and I don’t claim to be a miracle worker either.
As far as high protein/high fat diets, I am a firm believer that you can lose weight and maintain weight. I think it would be possible to gain weight too, but it would take a lot more work then either of those. I also don’t think high protein/high fat diets are the “easy” way to lose weight. (I don’t think there is any real easy way to lose weight to begin with).
That being said, I think high protein and high fat diets keep you much more full then a carbohydrate diet and therefore when you feel full, you don’t eat as much and lose weight. Sure there are other possible explanations but to me, that is pretty much what it all boils down too.
I think often times, people believe that a diet doesn’t work because they just stop losing weight. People stop being as strict on their diet and therefore stop losing weight then decide a diet doesn’t work. I think you can honestly lose weight on restricting your calories (within reason) and exercising. .
First, high protein diets have gotten a “rap” from fad diets like the Atkins diet/South Beach. People ASSUME if you say I eat more protein, less carbohydrates that you are trying to lose weight or that you feel sluggish. This is far from the truth and that people (such as myself) who eat high protein and fat diets, tend to feel better.
Second, high protein diets have a “high success rate” because your body almost immediately drops all the water it has been storing from having more carbohydrates. Therefore, the weight you “lose” for the first few days (could be 10 pounds!) is water. Either way, I suppose it’s comforting to see a number go down.
The bottom line is that I personally don’t believe there is a miracle diet that the weight will just magically fall off you. High protein and fat diets keep you fuller longer and therefore you tend to eat less. So if that is what you are looking for then yes I do believe high protein diets will work for you. I think it takes commitment with any diet and I know that isn’t what people like to hear but it is the truth. Right now, I wouldn’t say high protein diets are the only way to lose weight, I would more or less say it’s easier to lose weight because you constantly stay full.
Question for you: What do you think of high protein for weight loss?