I lately received a note from a Facebook friend wanting to clarify something she read. Here’s her question followed by my answer. “So think when you consider compromising the carbohydrates for a protein-dominant diet double, Butterfield says. Drastically slicing sugars from your daily diet may push your body to fight back. She says that’s because a diet in which protein accocunts for more than 30% of your caloric intake causes a buildup of toxic ketones.
So-called Ketogenic diets can thrust your kidneys into overdrive in order to flush these ketones from the body. As your kidneys rid your system of these harmful ketones, you can lose a substantial amount of drinking water, which places you vulnerable to dehydration, especially if you exercise seriously. That water loss often shows up on the scale as weight loss. But along with losing water, you lose muscle bone and mass calcium mineral. The dehydration also strains your kidneys and puts stress on your heart.
Although there are some truths compared to that, it’s really an oversimplification and very misleading. Let me try to clear it up for you. I would recommend consuming up to 40-50% of your daily diet in protein. Nevertheless, you should be eating vegetables with all those foods also. It works and you are held because of it healthy! Follow my “protein, produce, healthy fats, and water” guidelines (more on that below). When slicing carbohydrates from your daily diet, you should eliminate most starchy carbs and everything prepared carbs (breads, pasta, rice, crackers, cookies, cereal, bagels, baked goods, etc.).
This means you should still consume veggies with all foods and snack foods as well as some fruits (1-3 servings/day). An eating plan where foods and snacks consist of veggies and/or fruits will provide all the sugars your body needs to gas itself as well as protect the body from becoming too acidic. Vegetables help to keep your body’s pH levels where they should be also.
If you eliminate all carbs (including vegetables/fruits), you will eventually lose a great deal of drinking water weight primarily. However, so long as your protein intake is high (30% or more), you should maintain muscle mass as the recent study I posted showed still. With that said, I DO Not advocate a Ketogenic diet (like the original Atkins program plus some of the other crash diets out there).
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I do recommend “protein, produce, healthy excess fat, and water” since it eliminates the processed carbs from your diet while keeping you healthy and maintaining muscle mass. This maintains you from ever engaging in ketosis or suffering the medial side ramifications of weakness, dizziness, bad breathing, and health problems. Consume high-quality proteins with every meal and snack (chicken, beef, seafood, pork, crazy game meat, entire eggs, nonfat simple Greek yogurt, cottage cheese and whey proteins (or pea/hemp for vegans). Consume fruit each day or post-workout only.
Fruit is wonderful for you, but much can still overfill your sugars stores too. Also, remember to EAT YOUR FRUIT, DO NOT DRINK THE JUICE. Fruit juice is nothing but natural sugar – even if it says no sugars added. Eat a complete little bit of fruit and always skip the juice.