high protein diet

Sunday, September 11, 2011

i recently entered a weight loss challenge. For this challenge i was told to consume 142 g of protein and stay between 1700-1800 calories. It seems like all I do is eat protein...is that safe???
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    WOW... 149g of protein is extremely dangerous! YES it will be wqay too hard on your kidneys! I have been under a doctors care on this type of weight loss for 6 months now, the max anyone should get is around 100g, and that is considered alot!
    Hope your doing good, this type of weight loss is tough!

    3574 days ago
    I read on web MD that you should ease into a high protein diet because it puts strain on your kidneys...I'm not eating the high amount that the diet requires. The past few days I've just been listening to my body and not eating junk food.
    3615 days ago
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    With all due respect, I don't think anyone here is qualified to say. However, even doctors are not always experts on nutrition. I might let my doctor know I was doing this and ask if there is anything he thinks he should be monitoring. The Mayo Clinic reports that high protein diets have been linked to gout, a form of arthritis, though of course not everyone would be affected the same way. Some people do well on a high proportion of protein. Others, not so much.

    I gently suggest that you concentrate on developing habits that you know you can and will be likely to sustain for the long run. Losing weight for a challenge only to gain it back is counterproductive.

    That being said, research has also shown that people who eat modest portions of animal protein at their meals tend to be satisfied with a smaller volume of food, stay satisfied longer, and eat less at subsequent meals.

    Also from the Mayo Clinic:
    When you're setting goals, think about both process and outcome goals. "Exercise regularly" is an example of a process goal, while "Lose 30 pounds" is an example of an outcome goal. It isn't essential that you have an outcome goal, but you should set process goals because changing your processes — your habits — is a key to weight loss. Also make sure that your goals are SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-limited. An example of a SMART goal is aiming to walk for 30 minutes a day, five days a week for the next three months, and logging your results.

    Lastly, why not make a ballpark guess (or perhaps you know?)at how much protein you already eat and set a goal to increase it by 10 or 20% for a month to see how it affects your habits and weight loss.

    Though people make it sound like certain habits will guarantee certain rates of weight loss, the body does not always agree.

    3615 days ago
    i haven't hit 142g of protein in a day yet but i have still seen some weight loss.
    3615 days ago
    what's often recommended for leaning out is a gram of protein per pound of bodyweight. it works quite well, and it's also pretty safe as long as you don't have dysfunctional kidneys. a lot of people don't absorb all the protein they consume, too, so keep that in mind. what i've heard (i haven't yet read the studies backing this for myself, though) is that a lot of overweight people are deficient in carnitine, which is essential in fatty acid metabolism. consuming lots of protein remedies this (carnitine biosynthesis requires two amino acids, lysine and methionine, and also vitamin C, so make sure you get enough of that too!). it also keeps you pretty full--i mean, if you're eating that much protein, you're probably not terribly hungry for junk food.

    FWIW, i tend to shoot for as much protein as i can get in (on a really good day, ~150 g) and ~1700-2200 calories/day.
    3615 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1309347
    I did really well on a higher protein diet than I have on anything else. I did have to be meticulous about measuring and tracking everything, though, and in the end, that's what made me lose my mind. If you like measuring and tracking, it's easier. I hate it. But I did have the best results with higher protein. I think I was eating around 120-140 g per day.
    3615 days ago
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