What is High-Protein Low-Carb Low-Fat High-Fiber Diet?
Every now and then we hear people saying I am on a high-protein low-carb diet and some say I am on low-fat high-fiber diet. Do you know most people who follow these diets actually don’t know what these diets are? They just follow their doctor’s diet or their fitness trainer’s diet plan without having a look on what is the science behind these types of diets. According to me, everything in this world has a meaning and we as intelligent human beings must have complete knowledge about the things we are engaging in. As you know, half knowledge can be dangerous and lack of knowledge can be detrimental for health. Now for understanding what is high protein low carb high fiber low fat diet, you need to go through the basics first:
Our food contains several nutrients that are essential for our fitness and survival. These are:
- Carbohydrates (carbs)
- And even water
Functions and Qualities of Carbs:
Carbohydrates are very essential for human beings as they provide energy in form of glucose. Without carbs, even the brain cells stop functioning. But if carbs are taken in excess, the remaining carbs that have not been used by the body and stored in the body eventually can lead to weight gain.
Functions and Qualities of Proteins:
These are the muscle building nutrients in foods that are very useful for bodybuilders to grow big. These are usually combined with fat content too, so you should be careful about what kind of food products to eat to get a high protein but a low-fat diet. For example, egg contains protein and fat in the yellow (yolk) portion, but only/majority of protein in the white portion. So if you are on a diet, it is better to avoid the yellow portion.
Functions and Qualities of Vitamins:
These are nutrients required in minute quantities and act as catalysts without which certain metabolic activities in the body cannot occur. Keep taking B-complex/multi vitamin capsules everyday, and you can be sure that you will not suffer with a deficiency of these nutrients. These are naturally present in various foods and they don’t affect your body weight in anyway.
Functions and Qualities of Minerals:
Minerals such as iron are required by our body and they come via various foods for example dates are a source of iron.
Functions and Qualities of Fibers:
Besides the above mentioned things found in the diet plan, another important term is “high fiber diet”. So what is dietary fiber actually? Most GI doctors give advice to patients with irritable bowel syndrome and other gastric disorders to start a low-fat high-fiber diet. Do you know why they do that? Just because fiber is found in various types of plant foods, actually it is the skeleton of a plant which holds it straight throughout its lifetime and plant fiber is very good for our intestine as it collects all the fat contents and toxins from there and excretes out via the bowels. Fiber is non digestible and this is the major reason why gastrointestinal doctors always put emphasis on starting a high fiber diet, as it is helpful in treatment of constipation, polyps, gastritis, esophagitis, etc. Cucumbers, apricots, and eggplants are very good sources of dietary fiber.
Now whenever you go to a dietician or nutritionist for a weight loss diet, he/she will prescribe you a low-carb, low-fat, high-fiber diet. When you start a bodybuilding or fitness program, your gym trainer will write you a high protein, low carb diet. When you will consult a doctor for weight gain, he/she will give you a script for high-caloriehigh proteindiet.
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