At this stage of the game, most of us know the pitfalls of fad diets and we appreciate the importance of a healthy-eating routine coupled with a regular exercise schedule.
So when we hear someone is on a high protein diet, many of us assume it’s another fad which is unsustainable in the long run, but this isn’t necessarily true.
While a high protein diet isn’t for everyone, it’s certainly boasts many health benefits and could be considered if you’re serious about giving yourself and your nutrition plan a serious overhaul.
Before throwing yourself in at the deep end though, why not check out the pros of cons of high protein diets before fully committing?
Information is power, after all!
1. Weight loss
High protein diets promote weight loss without feeling like you’re depriving yourself.
As a result of filling up on protein rich foods like eggs, fish and nuts, your body feels fuller for longer, absorbs the benefits and helps you shed those lbs.
2. Increase in energy
The food you are consuming while on a protein-rich nutrition plan has a fantastic effect on the body’s energy levels
As stodgy carbs can leave many of us feeling slow and sluggish, eradicating them from your diet and replacing them with protein-rich foods will automatically improve your energy levels.
3. Muscle mass
Protein is needed to create and maintain lean muscle, so if you’re working out while sticking to protein rich foods, your body will reap the benefits.
Protein and lean muscle go hand in hand!
1. High Cholesterol
As high protein diets promote the consumption of eggs, often on a daily basis, individuals may find they are suffering from high cholesterol.
Top tip: Use eggs whites when you can and forget the yolk exists!
2. Low in vitamins and minerals
Because high protein diets often call on you to limit your fruit intake, you may find you are lacking in essential vitamins and minerals.
Top tip: Fill up on berries and oranges which go hand in hand with a high protein diet plan.
3. Kidney stress
If you do not consume enough water while on a high protein diet, you could be putting your kidneys under undue stress.
Top tip: Be sure to stay hydrated at all times, whether on a high protein plan or not!
And remember, you can always consult your GP if you decide to change your nutrition plan, but aren’t aware of the possible implications.