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High protein low fat diet

High protein low fat diets are gaining in popularity on account of their ability to aid weight loss. However before embarking on a high protein low fat diet plan one should consider both the benefits and the side effects of the same. Additionally its is always advisable to consult ones doctor before following any diet  so that the doctor may suggest and advise if the same is suitable for that particular individual as pert their lifestyle, age, gender and medical history. The high protein part of a high protein low fat menu will lay emphasis on lean proteins that are found in foods such as beans, eggs and turkey and instead one should avoid foods such as sausage and lunch meat. According to medical professional, the proportion of protein and fat in a high protein low calorie diet should ideally be between 25 and 30 percent of protein with the rest being low fat foods.
Similarly high protein low fat recipes will also require the individual to consume fats that are healthy such as nuts, avocadoes, and olive oil which is one of the healthiest vegetable oils. There are also various other  high protein low fat diet foods such as fruits and vegetables which form an integral part of this diet as it provides the individual with various vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants that are required for the maintenance of overall good health of the individual. One of the main benefits of a high protein low fat diet is that it tends to contribute to weight loss which mostly occurs because the individual tends to feel full with smaller portions on account of the intake of foods that are rich in fiber and starch. Additionally a diet that is high in proteins and low in fats also  makes the body of the individual more efficient at burning fat  on account of the lower intake of carbohydrates which would have otherwise been used by the body as a source of energy. Hence since the intake of carbohydrate sis less the body is compelled to use fats for energy instead thereby preventing the accumulation of fat in the body. A high protein low fat diet also tend to dull the insulin response of the body on account of protein getting  converted into glucose at a rate that is much slower than carbohydrates getting converted in glucose. Hence this diet may at times be also recommended for diabetic who face problems with maintaining their insulin levels. On the other hand one of the concerns of following a high protein low fat diet plan is that sometimes the high levels of proteins may adversely affect the functioning of the kidney which may result in the formation of kidney stones especially observed in young women who have followed such a diet. It is hence advised by most dieticians and medical professionals that a high protein low fat diet menu should be followed by an individual for not more than six months and should not be considered as a long term plan. One should remember that like any type of meal plan, it is best to adjust the portions of the suggested foods by customizing it according to ones lifestyle, health, etc and also consult ones doctor to ensure that is it safe to follow a particular diet plan. Another cause for concern in following a high protein low fat diet is that the high amounts of protein are also known to cause osteoporosis, cancer etc.  Research has also shown that a high ratio of protein to carbohydrates tends to have a positive effect on body composition, blood lipids, disease risk etc.

Submitted on September 25, 2010