So many diets are trending nowadays as many people fight tooth and nail to stay healthy amid the coronavirus pandemic. Many are jumping on the bandwagon and trying out intermittent fasting. Several are also keen to religiously follow the ketogenic lifestyle. However, there’s one type of diet that’s not as famous as the other two but is also capable of promoting weight loss and providing other benefits — the high-protein diet.
As what its name implies, a high-protein diet is an eating plan that involves the increased consumption of proteins from a variety of sources and low consumption of carbohydrates.
According to Medical News Today, people on this diet are encouraged to eat more meat, fish, dairy products, eggs, beans, legumes and protein-rich vegetables such as spinach and asparagus. On the other hand, they are encouraged to refrain from eating bread, pasta, rice, baked goods and highly processed foods.
Because it is not a restrictive eating plan, a high-protein diet is very sustainable. The increased in the intake of protein also translates to bigger muscle mass and better metabolism. Hence, it is recommended for those who want to lose weight and build up muscle mass.
Per Women’s Health, high-protein diets lead to weight loss because the human body does more work to digest and metabolize proteins than other food substances. In the process, more calories are burned. The stomach also feels full fast and for a longer period of time thanks to the high-protein foods being consumed in this diet.
BZ Nutrition owner and registered dietitian Brigitte Zeitlin said that high-protein diets help people be more focused, as well as build and maintain strong muscles without even working out. The limited carbohydrate intake is said to help reduce inflammation in the body as well as promote clearer skin.
However, it is also important to note that high-protein diets have potential side effects. Limiting carbohydrate consumption could also take a hit on fiber intake. Fiber plays a vital role in keeping the digestive tract flowing and healthy. When there’s little amount of fiber in the body, one is more prone to bloating and suffering constipation. Fiber deficiency could also lead to chronic illnesses and a higher risk of heart disease.
Experts recommend consulting with a doctor first before trying out any high-protein diet even though its health benefits outweigh its potential drawbacks.