This is something that I’ve learned a while back and again more recently. Protein is one of the best things for us because it is where amino acids come from which help with the healing process and is good from so many things like help skin repair for the beauty element, help your meal go longer, meaning that if you eat more protein than carbs it makes you feel full longer and sometimes too many carbs make you feel sluggish while the protein helps you with energy processing.
Protein also has 4 calories per gram whereas carbs are 4 to 7 calories per gram. Can be a big difference and alcohol is at least 7 calories per gram. Just food for thought for those who calorie count. Now many say carbs should account for 50 to 60 percent of calories, if you are on a low carb die that many have started to do because of type 2 diabetes or for some other reason like Celiac disease, you have to do something else like more protein but you can substitute in other ways for carbs like vegetables. Depending on what you do for meal plans, protein can help you out with this for your energy. Some people like myself use meal replacement shakes, I use the ones that are geared toward low carbs and high protein. I do this because when you workout, you should up your protein intake to help repair muscle and help with muscle recovery. This is really important if you do a lot of cardio or lift weights. You have to replace what you use and if you workout a lot, you use a lot of protein and amino acids for that repair and recovery. Sometimes you use more than you have, especially when you’re just starting.
The only issues with a high protein diet is stress on the kidneys and high cholesterol. You also have to remember that when you use a high protein diet, that the body starts burning its own fat in storage which is what many want when trying to lose weight. I do recommend checking with your doctor before you do anything to make sure you’re healthy enough to make any changes like this because it is drastic.
As far as the high cholesterol, if you keep track what you put into your body like going with meats and foods with lower fat content and checking food for fat and sodium content you’re doing better than most. Its important to read those labels for nutrient content. Somethings are pretty bad for you without even realizing.
As far as the kidneys, drink your water and check with your doctor. Your doctor should be able to tell you if you have any issue that would cause problems with your kidneys and such.
Next, I know people want a quick fix but there is no such thing. You have to exercise more to get rid of excess weight. The reason the weight is there in most cases is because we consumed more than we used. This means you ate more food than your body needed at the time. Plus, it took time to put the weight on so its going to take time to get it off.
The other most important thing besides drinking your water and talking to your doctor, get those fruits and veggies in. That’s a must. This is were a lot of the vitamins and minerals we need come from. If you’re not getting enough from food, get a good multi-vitamin. Those help a lot and whatever you don’t use, your body puts into waste. For whatever reason it doesn’t store that.
But back to protein, it doesn’t matter if you’re a carnivore (meat eater), omnivore (eat everything), or herbivore (vegetarian) you still have to have it. There are plant based proteins that out there that help but you need to get with your doctor to see if you’re getting enough. You can eat healthy all you want by however you choose but you still have to get all the nutrients in there. Eat healthy to be healthy.
So until next time…
Love and hugs,