Nutritionists say high protein diet is best way to lose weight
The researchers say that it’s no coincidence that obesity rates have soared over the past 60 years with Britain now in the grip of an epidemic at a time when we eat less protein.
Following a high protein diet means eating plenty of meat, fish, eggs, and dairy every day. Protein is essential for growth and repair of the body, maintaining good health and providing energy. Apart from meat and dairy products, it is found in pulses such as chickpeas and lentils.
Protein-rich foods make you feel fuller than foods rich in carbohydrates or fat. This means that high protein diets will curb urges to gorge on fatty or carb-heavy foods.
Nutritional ecologist Professor David Raubenheimer said that the findings may explain why high protein diets such as Atkins have been shown to help weight loss.
But he also warned about getting the balance of fats and carbs right too. Because although high protein diets help with losing weight, they can increase cholesterol levels if they are also high in saturated fat. This could lead to other health problems such as heart disease.
He said the best approach is for people to ditch processed junk food to lead a healthier life.
Professor Raubenheimer said:
“A simple rule for healthy eating is to avoid processed foods – the closer to real foods, the better. No human population has until recently encountered ‘ultra-processed foods’, made from industrially extracted sugars, starches and salt. Our bodies and appetites are not adapted to biscuits, cakes, pizzas and sugary drinks, and we eat too much of them at our peril.”
High protein foods
– White meat poultry – chicken and turkey.
– Fish and seafood – especially tuna, salmon, and halibut.
– Low fat milk, cheese and yoghurt.
– Pork tenderloin / chops.
– Lean beef and veal.
– Beans – such as kidney beans, white beans, lima beans, black beans etc.
– Eggs – especially egg whites.
– Nuts and seeds – especially peanuts, almonds, pistachios, sunflower seeds, and flaxseed.