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Three reasons why a high-protein diet isn't working for you

by , 09 January 2018
Three reasons why a high-protein diet isn't working for you
Tons of men and women around the world find that a high-protein diet is the best diet for weight loss.

It makes sense when you consider the science behind it: Protein breaks down slower than carbohydrates, so it makes you feel full for longer. Furthermore, eating enough protein prevents muscle loss as you drop weight, which keeps your metabolism high all day, and leads you to choose healthy foods over processed carbs and junk foods.

However, too much protein isn't always a good thing for weight loss. A 2015 study published in the journal Clinical Nutrition found that people whose diets were made up of more than 20% protein - especially animal protein - were more likely to gain 10% of their body weight compared to those who consumed less than 15% protein.

If you're on a high-protein diet and it isn't working for you, here are three possible reasons why...

Three ways that a high-protein diet can contribute to weight gain

#1: You get majority of your protein from meat
Of course, a juicy steak will fill you up, but it also packs lots of calories. A 300 g steak can clock in at over 1,000 calories! These calories don’t go to your muscles – they turn into fat. Instead of consuming large amounts of meat to stay full, opt for vegetables and dairy products that are high in protein but low in calories, such as beans and Greek yoghurt.

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#2: You’re overly strict when it comes to eating carbs
Your brain’s preferred fuel source is carbohydrates, or glucose. So, when you cut back on carbs, you don’t only put a damper on your mood, but also make your body crave more carbs. When you do eventually eat carbs again, there’s a good chance you’ll binge and undo all weight-loss efforts. It’s important that you eat get about 50% to 55% of your daily calories from healthy carbs to keep things in balance.
#3: You’re skimping on fibre
A body of research has linked fibre to weight loss. Fibre feeds your healthy gut bacteria and keeps your GI tract healthy as well as absorbs fluid to help you feel full for longer. If you’re too focused on protein, you may not be eating enough high-fibre foods that also pack a punch of nutrients. To ensure you’re hitting your daily quota of about 25 g to 30 g of fibre per day, don’t forget to eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
By following these high-protein diet tips, you’ll finally be able to lose weight and keep it off!

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