Eating fads change as easily as fashion trends. Every few days we come across a new diet that claims to change our life around! But these aren?t suitable for every individual.

Its common knowledge that one should consume balanced diet so as maintain yourself healthily. However the recent diet prescriptions that srawlover the internet like mushroom each day is so confusing.

So these diets which advocate the increased or decreased intake of one food group over others seem so mystifying that one really cannot take a stand on whether to follow it or not. One such diet is the low carb high prten diet; let?s discuss the advantages and disadvantages of such a diet for better understanding.

What is High Protein, Low carbohydrate diet?

This diet promotes the increased use of protein rich foods like meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese, pulses, milk & tofu over starch-rich carbohydrates like cereals, fruits, etc.

How is it effective?

According to its advocates, by reducing carbohydrate intake, you also lower body insulin levels which lead to production of more glucagon, an increase in glucagon burns stored fat. If this is followed long enough, body fat melts away by itself. Around 120g of protein should be eaten for visible results.

Also less carb means brain receives less hunger stimulating hormones naturally reducing your appetite.

But is it really effective?

This diet has been very controversial. Though people who followed it lost weight faster than other diets, long term health risks were more in them.

Cardiovascular effects such as atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in bloodvessels leading to strokes & heart attacks) & kidney problems (kidney stones) and osteoporosis were more.

So should you follow this diet?

According to health experts, it is preferable if you don?t! But if you must, the key is to follow the basic guidelines of a healthy balanced diet, wisely!

*Don?t completely eliminate carbs from the diet.

*Increase intake of fiber rich foods & whole grains & cut down refined carbs.

*Saturated fats must be avoided (risk of BP, diabetes, cardiac disease & weight gain) and replaced with poly and mono unsaturated fatty acids.

*Choose protein sources low in saturated fats e.g, legumes (soya, beans, lentils), nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashews), seeds (flax, pumpkin), low fat dairy products, fat and skin removed meats, eggs, fish, etc.

Even the food preparation method makes a difference.

*Fruits and vegetables which are low in calories and sugars must be incorporated, such as citrus fruits.

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