Low Carb Low Calorie Protein Diet

Traditionally we were taught that carbs should provide our body with its primary supply of energy. However, many people have confused fast releasing carbohydrates (pasta, cakes) and slow releasing carbs (whole grains, vegetables) eating too many of the former-the tempting, convenient, tasty variety! Most of us lead sedentary lives, so any excess energy from carbohydrate-rich food) is stored as fat.

If you tried to get all the protein you need from foods such as meats, you would consume too many calories, because these protein rich foods come with extra fat calories.

And most of these are in the form of animal proteins, which add greatly to the bad cholesterol in our bodies. Therefore we need to look for high quality proteins, in our diet, from non-animal sources, with low calories.

“I know protein is essential for good nutrition and helps satiety. I eat lean meat, but can you recommend some other foods that are a good source of protein to help add variety to my diet?”

Lean meats such as fish, chicken, turkey and lean red meats are all good sources of animal protein but it is good to include protein from vegetarian sources for variety, plus they are often lower in saturated fats.

Good sources of non-meat proteins are:

  • Eggs – try to limit to no more than one a day.
  • Pulses, nuts and seeds – almonds and walnuts are a great between meal snack.
  • Soya products such as tofu and soya beans.
  • Grains and dairy products – provide a small amount of protein.

Low carb low calorie high protein diet

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