With summer around the corner, you might have been preparing for some downtime on the beach… or even worked towards a “new you”! And if you’ve been paying attention to the latest research, you know that adopting a diet that’s high in protein and low in carbohydrates will go a long way to achieve your beach body goals.
Eating a diet high in protein can not only aid with weight loss, but it can also help maintain muscle mass, give you lots of good slow-burning energy, and give you the healthy fats you need for brain and artery health.
But according to new research, there is such a thing as TOO MUCH – especially if you’re getting it from one of these gimmicky sources like a powder, drink, or bar.
When it comes to protein, more isn’t always merrier. If you’re beefing up your daily quota to epic proportions by supplementing with powders and pills, you may be throwing your money away, and maybe even damaging your health.
In a recent study of older women, those who lost weight with a super-high protein diet did not have the same improvements in metabolic function, such as insulin sensitivity, as the group that just ate a regular, high-protein diet.
The fact is, your body can only use so much protein every day – somewhere around 50 to 120 grams – so jacking up your intake to 300 grams a day just isn’t necessary.
In fact, massive amounts of protein can put extra strain on your kidneys.
Besides, these processed products contain stuff your body does NOT need – like sugar or artificial sweeteners, chemical colours and flavours, and often other inflammation triggers like wheat products.
However, you can’t really go wrong if you get yours from actual food – particularly animal (and fish) proteins.
Mother nature doesn’t need any help in this department. You can easily meet your body’s protein needs without pills or powders.
For example, two eggs for breakfast gives you a quarter of your daily protein. One serving of Greek yogurt contains about a third. A handful of nuts, about 10 per cent.
And a chicken breast for dinner? A whopping 86 per cent.
The Paleo Diet, sometimes called the “caveman diet,” is a great way to go low carb and load up on healthy, unprocessed protein sources… and ones that don’t need to come in flavours like strawberry or chocolate.
Your body will naturally shed excess pounds over time (and keep it off) – but, more importantly, you’ll be healthier overall.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Can You Get Too Much Protein? nytimes.com/2016/12/06/well/eat/can-you-get-too-much-protein.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fhealth
High-Protein Intake during Weight Loss Therapy Eliminates the Weight-Loss-Induced Improvement in Insulin Action in Obese Postmenopausal Women, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27732859