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What is the primary reason for the weight loss seen on common high-protein diets?

What is the primary reason for the weight loss seen on common high-protein diets?

Protein: This is usually because the carbohydrate content is usually lower. It is the high glycemic index, sugar laden foods that are so unhealthy and fattening. Sugar is the addiction causing ill health today. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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What are some high protein diets for weight loss?

What are some high protein diets for weight loss?

Effective: About 1.2 gram of protein per kg of body weight has been found to be very effective to increase the metabolism and help with weight loss. You can complement that with less than a hundred grams of complex carbs and fruits and veggies and about 40 g of plant or fish-based fat on a daily basis and expect at least 1-2 pounds of weight loss per week and more when complemented with regular exercise. ...Read more

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Will building the leg muscles through weight training & high calorie protein diet help reduce the appearance of saggy thighs post weight loss? Age 22.

Will building the leg muscles through weight training & high calorie protein diet help reduce the appearance of saggy thighs post weight loss? Age 22.

It depends: It depends on how much weight you have lost. If it was a significant amount, the fat is lost but the skin was stretched so far that it just hangs when the fat disappears. We are talking about a hundred pounds or more that would affect this type of change. If it was 20-30 pounds, working the thigh muscles will firm and build up the muscle structures that the skin will not hang. ...Read more

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Doctor recommended protein shake for a weight loss diet?

Doctor recommended protein shake for a weight loss diet?

One you don't eat: They won't help you lose weight, gain muscle or anything positive, although your wallet will lose weight. Save your money, and your health. Learn to eat and exercise properly for the rest of your life. Don't get medical info from friends, tv or the internet. Adding in proten shakes just adds in extra calories, which you don't need and is hard on your kidneys. ...Read more

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On a 1300 weight loss diet how many carbs, proteins and fats should be eaten per day?

On a 1300 weight loss diet how many carbs, proteins and fats should be eaten per day?

It depends: If you follow a zone diet which is what I recommend, then 130 grams of carbs (complex grains, fruits and veggies), 98 grams of lean protein, 42 grams of fat (plant and fish based preferred). ...Read more

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Is it true that low-protein diets are suitable for weight loss because fat and carbohydrate can supply the missing nitrogen?

Is it true that low-protein diets are suitable for weight loss because fat and carbohydrate can supply the missing nitrogen?

Not exactly: Carbohydrates are decomposed in the intestines into glucose, it is then transported by the blood to cells, where it reacts with o2 producing co2, h2o and energy. Like carbohydrates, fats produce co2 and h2o and more energy. Proteins are used by the body mainly as building materials for organ walls, skin, hair, muscle and are broken down to nitrogen and energy. ...Read more

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Is a low sugar, low starch diet that includes eating protein, fats and leafy vegetables effective for sustained weight loss and is it healthful?

Is a low sugar, low starch diet that includes eating protein, fats and leafy vegetables effective for sustained weight loss and is it healthful?

Absolutely; LCHF is: Healthy (Look up on Google). LFHC is not (rare exceptions). Study & Learn HFLC, weigh daily, record & focus on being grateful+life successes! Study Ben Carson book THINKBIG, http://goo.gl/DKvdSI, http://goo.gl/mpd4Y6, http://goo.gl/gGXn9f, http://goo.gl/cypKOp, http://NuSI.org, http://goo.gl/dhux4V, http://goo.gl/aRhOU2, http://goo.gl/C7Ojc4, http://goo.gl/Z8g5US, http://goo.gl/ynq0BZ, my asnwers. ...Read more

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Iv been on a high protein calorie deficit diet for 10 days and IV lost 4 kilograms. How long can I do it for until my body stops losing weight?

Iv been on a high protein calorie deficit diet for 10 days and IV lost 4 kilograms. How long can I do it for until my body stops losing weight?

Depends on...: Lots of factors, including but not limited to: baseline weight, percentage body fat, level of activity, amount of protein and calories in the diet, other. Initial weight loss includes relatively lots of fluid loss (due to protein metabolism and waste removal). "Hard" part comes later, slower. Such diets can cause lots of fluid and electrolyte (blood chemistry) problems- need medical supervision ...Read more

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Can a diet high in soy protein smoothies help one lose weight?

Can a diet high in soy protein smoothies help one lose weight?

Not by itself: Some food plans may include protein shakes or smoothies as meal replacements, but you can't rely exclusively on these for nutrition. If you're adding the smoothies onto a diet that already contains the amount of calories and nutrients you need, you will not lose weight. It may help to review your overall food plan with a nutritionist to see how the soy smoothies fit into it. Exercise too! ...Read more

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Is a high protein diet good for losing weight?

Is a high protein diet good for losing weight?

Yes: Yes, absolutely. Lots of dietary regimens now realize the benefit of the protein diet and low carbohydrates. Gary taubes book why we get fat would be a good place to start. Also, dr. Scott rigdon. The ultimate metabolism diet. A very informative book... Check with your doctor before you start your weight loss program. ...Read more

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Is a high protein diet good for losing weight?

Is a high protein diet good for losing weight?

DEPENDS: What you do with the amount and type of carbs you still need to eat, as well as fats/water/fiber intake.
Balance/balance/balance/balance! ...Read more

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I'm trying to lose weight. How much protein should I eat daily? I'm 104 kg now and most numbers on diet sites feel too high to reach. I hate meat.

Diet: This requires willpower. Drink three or more 8 ounce glasses of water daily, eat three balanced meals leaving the table satisfied but not feeling completely full. Eliminate all soft drinks, all snacks, limit alcohol intake and exercise aggressively, using anaerobic exercises or walking at least 3-5 miles a day and you will begin to lose weight, but you must be patient because it may take time. ...Read more

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Is it okay to go on a low-carb and high protein diet, with 1 hour of physical activity, to lose weight and be healthy?

Is it okay to go on a low-carb and high protein diet, with 1 hour of physical activity, to lose weight and be healthy?

Won't harm: Low carb, high protein diets are the basis of several diets such as atkin's diet. It is important to note that the key to weight is not losing weight but maintaining as close to ideal weight as possible over time. Significant changes in diet that can not be sustained over the years is likely to lead to a weight loss/weight gain roller coaster that is not conducive to good health. ...Read more

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Could a high protein diet and low carb diet help me lose weight?

Not necessarily: Any diet that reduces calories lower than what you are burning up wiii cause you to lose weight. ...Read more

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If I go on a high protein diet consisting of meat, eggs, veggies n protein shakes will I lose weight?

If I go on a high protein diet consisting of meat, eggs, veggies n protein shakes will I lose weight?

Protein Diet: Yes, with the caveat being that you also must limit your overall calories. A good diet is one that consists of 60% of the calories being protein, 25% being carbs and 15% fat calories.

If you really want success you will also work on walking or other vigorous physical activity daily. ...Read more

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I'm beginning a lifestyle change with a low carb high protein for improved fitness and weight loss. What is a good sweetener, for say plain yogurt?

I'm beginning a lifestyle change with a low carb high protein for improved fitness and weight loss. What is a good sweetener, for say plain yogurt?

Slightly different..: Greek yogurt is better than regular (unless you can get kroger's carbmaster. Go with two percent, without it beeing preflavored. There is more milk sugar in the 0% fat greek yogurt. Berries then can be added. I would sweeten with sucralose or splenda! ...Read more

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I am curious of effects this sweetner may have when consumed regularly in gold's standard whey protein powder. High pulse, weight loss, dehydration?

I am curious of effects this sweetner may have when consumed regularly in gold's standard whey protein powder. High pulse, weight loss, dehydration?

What sweetener ?: Your question as submitted makes no sense. As docs, we don't keep a list of every product sold and their contents. The public site is not a chat room so future submissions are not linked. You can re-submit the question, but go back and find out what the sweetener is first. ...Read more

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Worried I was losing weight because of another reason but I had changes my diet and was exercising. Went bk to old diet no loss in 2 weeks. Am I ok?

Worried I was losing weight because of another reason but I had changes my diet and was exercising.  Went bk to old diet no loss in 2 weeks. Am I ok?

Yes: This is simple arithmetic. If you are taking in more calories than you are consuming you will gain weight, and to the contrary if you're taking in less you will lose weight. If you want to lose more weight than either eat less or exercise more and burn more calories. Otherwise, no problem. Keep up the good work. Am impressed at your dedication. ...Read more

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Hi, I've got elevated alpha 2 macro glob, apolipo protein, alt and not immune to hep b reactive to a, chronic hcv and weight loss, muscle loss. Wrong?

Hi, I've got elevated alpha 2 macro glob, apolipo protein, alt and not immune to hep b reactive to a, chronic hcv and weight loss, muscle loss. Wrong?

Serious problem: From what you've said you seem to have a serious issue with your liver. Your lucky in that you have hep c. Now we have a cure for that. Unfortunately Gilead charges $1000/day x 90 days. You should see a gastroenterologist right away and discuss your condition. ...Read more

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Cut back 600 calories a day (same high-fiber nutritious foods, just smaller portions) to lose weight. Still, daily bms but now hard. Diet the reason?

Cut back 600 calories a day (same high-fiber nutritious foods, just smaller portions) to lose weight. Still, daily bms but now hard. Diet the reason?

Very possibly: Very possibly but I would think the bigger problem might be water intake, though that surprises me. Your question suggests you are knowledgable about healthy eating and I would guess that you are pretty good about drinking water. In any event, especially with this few calories you need 8-12 glasses a day. Make sure you are getting at least 1000 ca/day; fewer is unsafe. Best wishes:) ...Read more

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What is the best protein powder to use for weight loss?

What is the best protein powder to use for weight loss?

Whey protein: I consider whey protein the best source- as it is animal based and gives you the proper Amino Acids you need to build muscle. It also contains the needed leucine- an important Amino Acid to help build muscle and assist your body in burning fat. Start your day with 30 grams for best results! research based wt loss ctr. ...Read more

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Can I lose weight and build muscle at the same time on extreme protein diet?

Can I lose weight and build muscle at the same time on extreme protein diet?

Difficult: Don't forget that increased muscle mass also weighs something too. So if you lose fat, but gain muscle, you might not lose much weight over all. ...Read more

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Is it better to use a veggie and healthy diet to lose weight or to use the dukan diet which is pure protein I need to lose weight?

Is it better to use a veggie and healthy diet to lose weight or to use the dukan diet which is pure protein I need to lose weight?

Advise Nutritarian : As a doctor who specializes in nutrition I advise dr. Joel furhman's nutritarian diet as a balanced long-term approach to weight loss. While a pure protein diet may help temporarily, it is unsustainable in providing sound nutrition. See http://www.Drfuhrman. Com/library/what-is-a-nutritarian-diet. Aspx however, because of your ibs your diet may need to be modified to be low in fodmaps- see comment:. ...Read more

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I eat a relatively healthy vegetarian diet with loads of protein from http://www.Frysvegetarian. Co. Za/ yet I can't lose weight. Is it one of my meds?

I eat a relatively healthy vegetarian diet with loads of protein from http://www.Frysvegetarian. Co. Za/ yet I can't lose weight. Is it one of my meds?

Probably Not: From the list above. Remember that taking in more calories than required for daily maintenance may get stored as excess weight. First, be certain about your intake. Keeping a daily log on myfitnesspal. Com may clarify things. Calculating one's daily needs requires a formula: an app like "calorie calculator" can help. Good luck! ...Read more

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How do protein shakes help with weight loss?

If used as : Sustitute for food. Protein drinks may help in losing weight if you reduce your caloric intake by subsisting on protein shakes and foregoing other foods. Protein shakes donot provide balanced nutrition and you are advised to consult a nutritionist or your doctor before embarking on an extreme diet. There is no substitute for caloric restriction and increase in physical activity to loss weight. ...Read more

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What are protein powder for muscle gain or weight loss?

What are protein powder for muscle gain or weight loss?

Both junk: Obviously you can't have it both ways. The protein is broken down in your stomach and metabolized for calories. It's a waste of money and won't help with either weight gain or loss. Save your money and spend it on quality nutrition and exercise -- they actually work for both gain or loss if done properly. Get your protein from your diet. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more