High protein, and Low Carb Diets
Many of us might think that eating a High Protein, and Low Carb Diet is just a fad similar to Low Fat Diets, Atkins Diet, or even ridiculous diets such as The Lemonade Diet. In reality our bodies are supposed to be on a Higher Protein, Lower carb Diet Naturally. If we go back in time to the cave man era what did most humans actually eat??? Humans used to hunt their food which was mainly animal meats (Protein), and the only Carbs that were eaten would Mainly come from vegetables, nuts, and fruits. Man made stuff like cakes, bread, pasta etc. wasn't invented yet. The American diet is made up of these fake man made processed foods, which is why most Americans are in a obese state.
Why Protein Makes You Lose Body Fat-
Protein is the base of any diet whether it's to lose body fat, or to gain muscle mass. Our body is made mostly of protein, things like our nails, hair, skin, everyday bodily functions and the creation of new cells are created with protein. Most people do not know this, and some way some how have the misconception that protein is bad, and will get you fat. Eating higher in protein will actually make you lose body fat because your body expends a lot of energy breaking down the proteins in our body, which means you are burning a lot more calories just by the protein digestion process. Eating higher in protein is almost like exercising because you burn calories just by eating it. Everyone's fitness goals & exercise programs are different but in general I would recommend 1 gram of protein per body weight, so if you weigh 150 pounds you should be consuming at least 150 grams of protein a day. Some examples of protein are Whey Protein Shakes, Egg Whites, Chicken, Turkey, Fish, Red Meats etc.
Why Carbohydrates Make You Fat-
Carbohydrates are a fuel source that our bodies use as energy, similar to how a car uses gas to run on. The problem is that if you have too many Carbs your body can't use all that energy at once, so your body will store the excess amount into body fat for later use. There are two types of Carbohydrates, simple and complex Carbs. Some examples of Simple Carbs are things like fruit, juice, sugar, soda, candy, sweets, white rice, pasta, white bread etc. All these are fast digesting Carbs that will hit your system right away for a boost of energy. If you eat these simple Carbs, and are just going to be home watching TV, not doing anything active your body doesn't need this energy right now, and will turn it into body fat for later use. Most people that are overweight consume a lot of simple carbs throughout the day. Some examples of complex Carbs are baked potato, sweet potato, yams, wheat bread, wheat pasta, brown rice etc. Complex Carbs again are energy but unlike simple Carbs they take a longer time to digest in our bodies. If you had brown rice, your body will digest it slower, and it will release the energy to you slower, so if you went, and sat down to watch TV for a couple of hours, and then did something active later on your body can still use the energy from the brown rice. Eating complex Carbs will get you less fat because you have a longer time frame to get rid of the energy you just ate. At the end of the day though if you don't do any activity then your body can store the complex Carbs as fat just like it would with the simple Carbs. Thumb of rule here is, if you will be having simple Carbs you must be ready to do some type of physical activity right away, If you will be having complex Carbs you still have to do physical activities but not necessarily right at that moment because of the slower digestion process.
Eating High protein will burn calories without exercising, and eating lower in Carbs will reduce the amount of body fat your body creates, and stores. If you add weight training exercises to this you will lose body fat, and also Maintain/Increase your muscle mass. The more muscle mass your body has, the more calories you will burn without having to exercise. Keep in mind everyone's body and fitness goals are different eating like this depends on your physical activity per day, and some might need more carbohydrates than others. For a customized meal plan, and workout routine designed for your body, and goals check out the FitnessWithFlex Coaching Program which is available for anyone in Any STATE or COUNTRY.
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