Follow High-Protein Diets When You Target Losing Weight Healthy
First, What Is High-Protein Diet?
A high protein diet is a bless for those who want to lose weight but still maintain their muscle structure in great shape. Why protein is important? Here is a great article on that. High protein foods contain few calories, are low in carbs and unhealthy fats and, as a plus, they are really nutritive. Therefore, by eating a high protein diet loaded with high protein foods, you end up eating a lot of healthy, filling, low calorie foods.
Tip: A great source of protein is the egg, maybe unscrambled!
“A high-protein diet is often recommended by bodybuilders and nutritionists to help efforts to build muscle and lose fat. It should not be confused with low-carb diets such as the Atkins Diet, which are not calorie-controlled and which often contain large amounts of fat.” According to Wikipedia.com
Natalie created on her online magazine, a post which contains yummy recipes of high-protein foods, and here are some of them that you may use if you are interested in following this type of weight loss program.
Banana Protein Pancakes
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 7 egg whites
- 2 big scoops of protein powder (I use vanilla or gingerbread cookie flavor)
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 banana
- 1 teaspoon baking powder (optional)
- artificial sweetener to taste (I used 5 Splenda packets)
Throw everything in a blender and puree it. Heat up the pan at medium heat and make your pancakes in a nonstick pan with spray oil (not necessary though). This makes enough for two people. You can eat this plain or with some applesauce instead of syrup.
Egg White Burrito
- 3 egg whites
- baked and chopped chicken breast, 3oz
- few pieces of green beans
- cilantro to garnish
In a nonstick egg pan, fry with only spray oil the three egg whites to make a round flat wrap for the filling. Toss in there the chicken, green beans, lettuce, and cilantro. I didn’t say that this was as great as a regular burrito but if you are in contest prep this is a fun way to eat the same ingredients.
Cinnamon Apple Muffins
- 1 apple chopped fine
- 10 egg whites
- 500g of nonfat “fromage frais” or cottage cheese (~16-18oz)
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder or plain protein powder and a dash of vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons of cinnamon
- (optional) 1 teaspoon baking powder
- artificial sweetener to taste
Mix everything together in a bowl. Spray a muffin tray with oil and pour into molds. Bake at 200c for 40 min. Let cool before eating.
She also mentions there that you should increase water intake due to the fact that you may have digestion problems.
Alternatively, for a great intake of protein, you can have a quick route to that: protein powders. Of course, this is a shortcut, but it seems there are benefits in consuming protein powders for weight loss or even increase muscle mass.
So, want to look like a model, start acting like a model. A new diet could be a good place to start.