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In this era of multiple fad diets, people are constantly looking for that miracle diet that will remove excess weight with minimum effort. The problem with a lot of these diets is that they only work temporarily, or for a short period of time, and then as soon as you start to eat a normal diet again, the weight returns. The same can be said for the high protein low carbohydrate diet.
As well as the possibility of regaining the weight, another downside to this type of diet is the potential effects it can have long-term on your health. Studies are still being done to ascertain what these health effects are, but in the meantime, some potentially dangerous side effects have already been shown.
The high protein diet is said to help with weight loss by making you feel full much faster than other diets or eating plans. It is also beneficial to include a low carbohydrate component to the diet as well, as carbohydrates definitely increase weight, and those with medical disorders such as diabetes are often directed to follow a lower carbohydrate diet to manage their blood sugars. However, a high protein diet with low carbohydrate intake can actually cause deficiencies in nutrition as well as severely reducing the amount of fiber that is consumed.
If you choose to follow a high protein diet, it is important to eat the right kind of protein in your diet. First of all, you should avoid any processed meats, such as those you get at the deli section of your supermarket or store. It is better to choose meats like skinless chicken, pork and lean beef. Fish, soy protein, nuts, beans and low-fat dairy options are more efficient and healthy. The same goes with the carbohydrates – avoid the processed options and stick with vegetables, fruit and whole grains that are naturally high in nutrients and fiber.
As with any other type of diet for weight loss, it is just as important to follow an exercise routine to ensure you are healthy and fit. This doesn’t mean you have to train for marathons; just simple exercise every day for about 30 minutes is sufficient. Healthy weight loss cannot be gained simply by diet alone, you do need the exercise component as well. Otherwise and weight loss you may achieve is likely to be due to deficiencies and will only be temporary.