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High Protein Diet: The Best Weight Loss Diet For Meat Lovers

High Protein Diet: The Best Weight Loss Diet For Meat Lovers

If you work out or visit health sites on the web, chances are good that you have probably come across a lot of people promoting a high protein diet as a way to lose weight and build up muscle. And you’re also probably wondering if these diets really work — or even if they are safe.

Read on to find out more about the pros and cons of the high protein diet.

If you want to know more about weight loss, you can’t miss the following article that provides all useful tips you need:

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Just What is a High Protein Diet?

A high protein diet is one which emphasizes the consumption of high-protein foods (both from plants and animals) in order to replace some of the calories that you spend on carbohydrates during the day. While there are many variations of this diet, some of the most popular examples of this include the Atkins, the Paleo, the Dukan and the Zone diets.  All of these have gained some serious attention in the media in recent years.

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    What Foods Can You Eat?

    A high protein diet does allow some variety of foods (though such diets are not as broad-based as many other diets). While there is a lot of variation in what these diets will allow, some of the most common recommendations include:

    • Meat, including beef, pork, poultry, fish and seafood
    • Eggs
    • Dairy products
    • Nuts and seeds
    • Non-starchy vegetables (like broccoli, asparagus, bell peppers or leafy green vegetables)
    • Oils like olive oil
    • Some fruits (though not all allow fruits)

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      What Foods Should You Avoid?

      Again, there is a lot of variation in what high protein diets will allow or forbid. However, some of the most common foods that these eating programs avoid include:

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      • Grains, including both refined and whole grain products (this includes all foods made from or with wheat, corn, rice or other grains)
      • Sugar and natural sugar substitutes like molasses, honey or maple syrup
      • Starchy vegetables (like potatoes, sweet potatoes or corn)
      • Legumes (like peas, beans or lentils)
      • Most or all fruits

      As you can see from the list above, some versions of these high protein diets can be very restrictive — which can make them harder to follow in the long term. However, as you will see from the following section, there are very good reasons why these foods are restricted in regards to weight loss.

      What are the Pros of a High Protein Diet?

      To begin with, there do seem to be a number of advantages to a high protein diet. They can help you if you are bodybuilding or working out since a lot of protein is necessary to build up muscles and achieve a lean and toned body.  Proteins are the building blocks of muscles and if you are working out a lot or just very physically active, you will need the protein to support this muscle growth and develop lean body mass.

      These diets have also been proven to help you shed extra pounds – and since obesity is a growing problems not only the U.S. but around the world, this can offer people a way to achieve their weight loss goals.

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      How does it work?

      It’s actually fairly simple. Your body can use carbohydrates or fats for fuel.  If given the choice, it will burn carbs first because they are easier and quicker to break down into glucose. But when you eat a diet that restricts carbohydrates — like those found in starchy vegetables, grain-based products, sugars and legumes — your body turns from carbs and begins to burn fat instead.  This is why weight loss on a low carb diet can be quite rapid.  There have been several studies done where low carb, high protein diets were more effective for weight loss than were diets that were low in fat and allowed moderate carb intake.

      What Drawbacks Should You Be Aware Of?

      However, there are some drawbacks that people should be aware of before deciding on this kind of diet. In some cases, restrictions on certain foods are so severe that they can lead to malnutrition and to low levels of certain nutrients (like most essential vitamins and minerals) in the body. Also, it is a diet which can be low in fiber if not followed carefully — and this can lead to problems like constipation and even colon cancer in the long run. Lots of protein can also be tough on the kidneys and can make it easier to form painful kidney stones.

      However, there are ways to reduce these risks.  Making sure that you are eating plenty of low-carb but high-fiber vegetables  (like cauliflower, asparagus, or leafy green vegetables, for instance) can help you get enough fiber while still sticking to your plan. Also, if your eating plan is really restrictive, talk to your doctor about which dietary supplements might be helpful to avoid any nutrient deficiencies. These two simple steps can make any high protein diet much safer.

      In short, while there many proven benefits to a high protein diet, including weight loss and the building of muscle mass, there are some health risks to take into consideration, too. If you are someone with a history of kidney or heart disease, you should definitely discuss it with your doctor before beginning this kind of diet. However, that same advice applies to any eating program. And for many people who are struggling to shed extra pounds, high protein diets can help them to achieve weight loss goals and lead an overall healthier life.

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      Last Updated on May 22, 2019

      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

      There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

      One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

      In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

      Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

      1. Cat Camel Stretch

      Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

      Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

      Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

      Here’s a video to guide you through:

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      2. Go for a Walk or a Run

      This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

      Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

      The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

      Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

      Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

      3. Jumping Jacks

      Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

      Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

      4. Abductor Side Lifts

      Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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      Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

      5. Balancing Table Pose

      This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

      Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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        6. Leg Squats

        Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

        Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

        The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

        7. Push Ups

        You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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        An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

        Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

        This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

        8. Bicycle Crunches

        There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

        Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

        9. Lunges

        Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

        Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

        This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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        10. Bicep Curls

        You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

        Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

        Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

        Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

        Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

        These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

        You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

        Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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