What does it mean to follow a protein diet? What foods are allowed and which are forbidden? Are there any contraindications? Let’s find out together.
Every day we hear about a new diet that promises miracles and allows you to lose weight effortlessly. It is easy to realize that this vision is somewhat utopian and, although the protein diet also promises the same things, it is necessary take all aspects into consideration before drastically changing your diet.
We would also like to underline that the information below is for informational purposes only and cannot in any way be considered an opinion medico.
How does the protein diet work?
The protein diet is a diet usually followed for slimming purposes based on greater consumption of proteins at the expense of carbohydrates. It therefore falls to all intents and purposes among the diete low-carbsuch as the Plank diet and the Dukan.
It is often preferred to other slimming diets because it allows you to obtain more lasting results over time and does not require a maintenance diet. Furthermore, it does not involve major renunciations, except for the aforementioned carbohydrates: in fact, this type of diet hardly has fixed quantities.
Protein diet: allowed and forbidden foods
Following a protein diet means prefer the consumption of proteinsalthough the importance of consuming balanced meals between the various nutrients has now been ascertained.
The foods granted by a protein diet, therefore, are all those foods rich in protein, especially of animal origin like meat and fish. Obviously these are lean meats, such as chicken, turkey and beef, while for fish there is also the green light for molluscs and crustaceans. They are then granted i low-fat dairy products such as yogurt and cheeses to be eaten as a meal or at breakfast.
And avoid all carbohydrates instead such as pasta, bread and cereals, but also potatoes and legumes.
Protein diet: weekly menu
The weekly menu must be organized alternating between the various sources of protein and always accompanied by cooked or raw vegetables. Fruit, on the other hand, can replace the classic mid-morning or afternoon snacks.
Breakfast: tea, coffee and low-fat yogurt.
Snack: fruit or juice without sugar.
Lunch: proteins in quantities of your choice between hard-boiled eggs, lean meat and grilled fish, always accompanied by raw or cooked vegetables.
Snack: Low-fat yogurt also with fruit.
Cena: proteins other than those of lunch or vegetable puree.
Contraindications of the protein diet
Like all diets unbalanced, even the protein diet can be followed for limited periods of time. The risks of nutritional imbalances in fact can affect organs. It is especially the kidneys that pay the price, which could be tired.
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