Following a protein only diet – although is its highly restrictive – is also a quick method of shedding a few pounds within a week’s time. A protein only diet means giving up on carbohydrates and eating different types of meat from which you’ll be getting all your nutrition. Even though there is no limited amount of food you can eat during a day, a protein only diet will make you feel full on very little resulting in weight loss. There are, however, downsides of following a protein only diet from manageable health problems to cancer.
Protein Only Diets
The Atkins diet and the Dukan diet are two of the most well-known protein only diets. The Atkins diet is a protein only diet mainly focusing on eating foods containing protein, fat and fiber, claiming that eliminating carbs from your diet will have your body burn fat instead of carbs, therefore you’ll be losing weight.
The Dukan diet is a protein only diet weight loss program, focusing on long-term results without causing problems to the dieter when he or she tries to eat normal again. The four phases of this protein only diet are designed to prevent regaining the weight you lost during the preliminary phases. Depending on your weight loss goals, the Dukan diet plan could extend from a few months to an entire year, after which your lifestyle will be getting to normal without the danger of gaining back the weight.
Protein Shake Only Diet
A protein shake only diet should not be considered as a long-term diet plan: 5 to 7 days would be enough to get you started on the path of losing weight. A protein shake only diet can be the start-up of a more rigorous diet plan, during which you’ll be losing a number of pounds. In these 5 to 7 days you’ll be replacing every meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with protein shakes. The great thing about a protein shake only diet is that the high intake of protein reduces cravings and makes you feel less hungry.
Protein Only Diet Drawbacks
While it is true that a protein diet weight loss plan has long term results, it also has its downsides: digestive problems like constipations for those who are following the Dukan diet and lack of essential nutrients and vitamins – in other words, malnutrition – for those following a protein shake only diet.
Your body needs a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables to ensure the necessary minerals and vitamins, as well as fiber and healthy fats, like olive oil and fatty fish, to help with the proper functions of your body.
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