High Protein Dieting

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When people begin to seriously think about dieting the first thing they sometimes do is start researching the latest dieting trend. The majority of people that are serious about losing weight can probably do it the "old-fashioned" way, sensible eating habits.

Before you begin you will want to determine your daily caloric intake needs. A variety of factors go into determining your appropriate caloric needs including: metabolism, body mass, and physical activity. A person with more muscle mass will require more calories than someone who is smaller with less muscle mass. Check online for ways to determine your caloric intake needs or consult with a physician or dietician for dependable advice.

Fats

In order for your body to function properly you must consume the right amounts of the right kinds of fat. Animal fats and some vegetable oils are high in the kind of fats you want to avoid, these can raise your bad cholesterol (LDL) levels. Monounsaturated fatty acids are the good fats needed in your diet, some examples include: olive oil, nuts, fish oil, and various seed oils.

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are your body's main energy source, and are a very important part of a balanced daily diet. Complex carbs that are slowly digested by the body are higher in fiber, and are beneficial in helping your digestive system run smoothly.

Simple carbs such as sugar and processed flour are absorbed by the body's digestive system rapidly, causing a type of carb overload. This in turn causes the body to release excessive amounts of insulin to compensate for the overload. Excess insulin encourages weight gain and is bad for you heart.

Complex Carbohydrate Foods

  • Potatoes
  • Pasta
  • Bread
  • Yams
  • Peas
  • Lentils
  • Oatmeal
  • Brown Rice
  • Wholegrain Cereals

Proteins

Proteins are the building blocks for muscles, cartilage, bones, skin, and blood. It is important for every cell in the body, which utilizes it to build and repair tissues. The body does not store protein and therefore has no reserve supply like fat and carbohydrates do.

Protein contains essential amino acids, albumin, antibodies, and important blood clotting properties. Protein is a very crucial part of our bodies that should be taken seriously. Protein needs vary with age, gender, and body mass. Check online or consult with a dietician or physician to find out your total protein needs.

High Protein Foods

  • Poultry (chicken, turkey)
  • Grains (wheat, rye, rice, oatmeal)
  • Dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt)
  • Fish (salmon, sardines, tuna, halibut)
  • Beans (soy, black, navy, lentil, tofu)

Popular Weight loss Programs

With so many diet programs and options available today, it's difficult to decide which one is right for you. Some people can lose the desired amount of weight by changing their eating habits, others cannot.

While no diet is foolproof and only as successful as the dieter allows, there are a number of diet plans, regimens, and weight loss programs that require the use of special prepared foods. No one should start any type of diet plan without consulting with a qualified expert on proper dieting and your health.

The Idiot Proof Diet  

This diet consists of continuosly changing your caloric and nutrient intake, this in turn keeps your metabolism from slowing down as your body never has the chance to adjust its metabolic rate at a constant ratio. This strategy has been used in the diet planning of many bodybuilders and athletes.

The Idiot Proof diet can be found online and its 11/3 day cycle plan is simple to follow. The diet has 10 rules to diet by that are so simple even an idiot can figure it out! Some examples of these rules include: manipulating calories, preparing meals at home, and rotating carbohydrate and protein meals.

Fat Loss 4 Idiots

An online diet plan that is simple to follow and is centered around a set of basic rules to follow while on the program. The general principles of the plan include:

  • Walk a little bit daily.
  • Diet for 9 days then take two days off the diet.
  • Eat enough to feel satisfied but not bloated, 4-5 meals a day.
  • A special Diet Generator on the site decides what you eat.

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