Q: Should I eat a high protein diet to lose weight? Jennifer S.
A: Now let me explain the difference between healthy eating for weight loss and healthy eating for maintenance. It is really simple you can eat more of the same healthy foods when you are maintaining your weight. We want to make this really clear there is no dieting gimmicks needed to lose weight or special formula for carbs, proteins, and fats. We follow a general recommendation for the percentages of carbs, proteins, and fats that you should be eating which is 40% Carbs, 30% Protein, and 30% Fat. What these percentages mean is that if you are eating 2000 calorie each day 800 Calories would come from carbs, 600 Calories from protein, and 600 Calories from fat. The Fats can be decreased and proteins increased depending on how your body responds and the amount of weight you are losing each week.
Often people short themselves on protein because they are eating too many carbs. In this case there is a need to raise the amount of protein your eating to get in balance. Remember, there is protein in vegetables, dairy, and legumes that will help you meet your protein requirements. We would recommend tracking your diet for a few days on www.dailyburn.com to give you an idea of the number or calories you are eating and the proportion of carbs, proteins, and fats that are going into your healthy eating plan.
Here are some other simple keys to successfully implementing a healthy eating plan.
#1. Plan your meals
#2. Eat more often 5-6x a day
#3. Include Carbs, Proteins, and Fats in every meal
#4. Drink plenty of water and little of everything else