I am someone who’s played sports for the majority of their young adult life but then suffered through a series of injuries that left me living a sedentary lifestyle for a couple of years. So yes, trust me when I tell you that I know the struggle of trying to lose weight that seems impossible to get rid of. Recently, I decided that enough is enough and that although I literally kill myself working out at the gym to drop some kilos, I admitted to myself that I don’t really lead the healthiest diet and lifestyle. So I decided to change this and partake in physical activities that are easy on the body, like swimming and walking.
Now, just a couple of weeks after I started my new low-carb, high-protein diet, I’m almost back to my original weight and I’m feeling more alive, more energised, and more motivated than I’ve ever felt in the past few years. The low-carb, high-protein diet has proven to be the most efficient way to drop weight while retaining muscle mass. This is due to the fact that protein is the king of macronutrients, and it helps your body perform its essential tasks, like body repair and maintenance, production of important hormones and enzymes, as well as transportation and storage of important molecules (oxygen) to your body’s cells.
The only problem that I had with this diet initially was that my meals became too repetitive because I lack culinary skills. Eating chicken, eggs, tuna, and salads became too boring at a certain point and I caught myself craving fast food way more often than I should. Luckily though, while talking to a friend of mine, I learned that I can order high protein meals online and have them delivered straight to my door. And that, my friends, was such a relief! The only thing I had to do was just warm up my meal. Suffice to say, my diet became much more enjoyable, and I started looking forward to my next meal instead of dreading the anticipation of my next chicken dinner.
The ideal amount of protein you should consume a day depends on your weight. As a general rule of thumb, you should consume somewhere between 0.8 to 1.3 grams of protein per kilogram. However, consuming that much protein, especially if you’re on the heavier side may be tough, even if all of your meals are high protein ones. That being said, you might want to consider getting protein supplementation to ensure you meet your protein goal every day.
Bottom line is, a high-protein diet is easier to follow than most other diets, because protein keeps you full for longer time periods, and you’ll rarely crave snacks and sweets. Moreover, high protein meals are easily customizable to your health-related goals and food preferences. Even if you’re a vegetarian, you can still follow a high-protein diet by eating eggs, dairy and plant proteins. It worked wonders for me, so I think it’s definitely worth a try!