By now I think most people are aware that the most effective way to lose weight is to cut down on your carb/sugar consumption as this keeps your insulin levels low which means that the body stays in fat BURNING mode, not fat STORING mode.
But I’ve been asked by many Babes when they’re starting out, how do you get the right balance?
The recent no-carb, high protein diets have lead to high consumption of animal products such as meat, fish, dairy and eggs and whilst we DO want to keep our protein intake high, lack of other nutrients alongside such a diet can lead to digestive problems with the poor metabolism of nutrients leading to increased body fat and even cancer of the colon.
Over consumption of animal proteins and dairy will create an acidic environment in the body, which is perfect for the growth of bacteria and yeast that can lead to candida and a more serious disease such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Eating a diet higher in protein causes your body to burn calories, thanks to Thermogenesis (meaning in simple terms that the body uses high amounts of energy to metabolise it)
It’s due to this effect that a high protein meal keeps you fuller for longer.
******Try swapping your breakfast cereal for a couple of eggs and see how much easier it is to make it to lunch without snacking*******
So how much protein should you really be eating?
Well a simple rule my clients and I use is that you should be consuming a palm sized piece of protein at each meal, (2 for men) but that this should be accompanied with a very generous (2 large handfuls) serving of green leafy and non starchy vegetables alongside a generous serving of good fats such as coconut oil, avocado, butter or olive oil.
You are aiming for around 30gms of protein at each meal, any more and the body cannot process it.
Aim to mix your protein sources using both plant and animal varieties.
An ideal diet for weight loss would be somewhere in the ratios of 35% protein, 40% Fat (yes 40%) and 25% carbohydrates (mostly from veggies).
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