A high protein diet is a typical bodybuilders diet, however an increasing number of weight loss diets also recommend high levels of protein – in order to maintain/increase muscle tissue whilst burning fat.
High protein diets typically contain 1g of protein per 1 pound of body weight. Some high protein diets will recommend a percentage of total calorie intake (such as 30% or more).
While this extra protein can be obtained through whole foods, some people choose to use supplements such as protein bars and shakes as a convenient way to increase protein consumption.
Protein bars should be consumed in moderation due to the large amount of highly processed ingredients that are used.
The following is a list of popular lean proteins (i.e. low in fat).
There is considerable difference of opinion surrounding high protein diets. Some nutritionists feel that diet too high in protein leads to renal (kidney) failure or stress. However there appears to be little evidence for this. High protein diets should be avoided if you already have kidney problems.
Other dietitians cite a dehydration risk with consuming large amounts of protein. Metabolizing protein does require a higher amount of water than carbohydrates or fats, so it’s important to consume a lot of water when on a high protein diet.
There are a number of popular weight loss diets that are higher in protein – such as;
However it is important to note that a typical high protein diet implies lean proteins and remember that protein from all sources count for total protein.
This means that we don’t have to rely on animal products alone for our protein. Grains, legumes and other vegetables can contain a good supply of protein as well.