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Protein Diet Plan: Lose Weight the Healthy Way

High protein diet planPutting an end to using carbohydrates as the main energy source is the toughest change for most people who are trying out a high protein diet. Carbohydrates provide a considerable amount of glucose the body requires for energy. Most folks take in a lot of carbs each day just for the sake of fueling the body. All of a sudden, when they can’t access the carbs any more for fuel they understand their dependence. This is the reason for why they can’t get the fat burned. The body is not at all going to access fat for energy when carbohydrates are readily available all the time. The dependency must be taken care of and the body should be made to use body-fat for energy production rather than the readily available supply of carbohydrates. This will pave way for weight loss.

One of the main advantages in using a high protein diet is the getting rid of bad carbs and junk food from the food plan. These are the carbs with high calories, trans fatty acids and saturated fat. Using these foods persistently in the food plan most often paves the way to health problems and an increase in danger of heart illness. Not all the carbs belong to the bad type, and usually it all depends on the source from which they are made. Carbs derived from veggies, fresh fruits, nuts and whole grains won’t augment the chances of heart problems or health illnesses. Even a high protein diet will contain a little bit of carbs since they are hard to shun totally. So see that you consume just the right ones as much as possible.

A lot of people take the high protein diet plan as the reply to years of weight gain and farfetched results from various weight loss programs. On the other hand, a word of caution is required when trying to go for this type of diet. Just as carbs can be good or bad so can protein. The source of protein for a lot of people is animal meat, and these can arrive loaded with saturated fat. Now just because the body is burning up the fat for getting energy due to lack of carbs does not imply that protein doesn’t have any risks on its own. Many have seen a huge climb in cholesterol ratings owing to excess protein consumption. It is a fine idea to get a comprehensive health checkup before going for any new diet plan. Let your doctor know your plans and get safe and dependable recommendations before getting things started.

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Whey Protein Ice Cream

Whey Protein Ice CreamFor those who like to experiment with cold foods whey protein ice cream can be a great discovery. You can make such delicious ice cream from pure microfiltered whey protein plus a few things added for flavor that for a time. This could be just amusing and useful at the same time. It can also add a lot to your high protein diet so that you can really enjoy it.

So all that you will need is:

  • A few scoops of microfiltered whey protein powder (enough to yield 40g of pure protein)
  • 200 ml (6 1/2 fl oz) chilled water
  • Or 200 ml (6 1/2 fl oz) unsweetened coconut cream
  • 3 ice cubes
  • Artificial sweetener to taste
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or coffee, chocolate, orange or lemon
  • 60g raspberries or blueberries (optional)
  • An ice cream chiller or an ice cube tray without the dividers in it

How to make all that:

Blend all the ingredients together in a blender that crushes the ice completely. Place in an ice cream maker or chiller for 10—15 minutes until ice cream is formed. If you don’t have an ice-cream maker, you can pour the mixture into flat ice cube trays (provided you remove the dividers) and put in the freezer to chill. Remove every 10—15 minutes and mix with a fork so that it doesn’t go completely hard and then chill again. This usually takes 30—45 minutes. What you end up with is a delicious ice cream which is entirely made of protein if you go for water; or which is low in carbs if you go for coconut cream.

So after all you will have:

  • Protein – 40g per recipe
  • Usable carbohydrate – 0g per recipe

Hope this recipe will add some sweetness to your high protein diet.

Protein Rich Foods Help Lose Weight

The newest study in nutrition proves that protein rich foods with a lower glycemic index help dieters lose weight.

Lose weight with high protein dietAll in all, the study involved about one thousand people from eight European countries. The participants were divided into several groups with different dietary models. The models varied according to the amount of protein contained in foods and their glycemic index (GI). At the same time no limits how much the patients could eat were set.

The group of the dieters who ate foods with little protein and high amount of carbohydrates (i.e. with a high GI) showed an average weight gain of 1.67 kg after the initial weight loss. It was the only group with such a significant weight gain. It was also the group that most study participants decided to leave soon.

The group that kept high protein diet with a high GI averagely gained 0.93 kg less than the first one. Finally, the participants who ate protein rich foods with a low GI experienced weight loss. It was the only group with such a result.

This was not unexpected. The authors of the study claim that a diet consisting of protein rich foods and low amount of carbohydrates is ideal for those who want to lose weight or maintain it after the initial weight loss.