Many people embarking on a weight loss crusade leave protein off the plate thinking it’s the mother of all evils! WRONG! I am here to tell you protein won't crush your weight loss goals; instead the right kind of protein will enhance your goals and make them seamlessly easier!
When it comes to weight loss (and weight maintenance) low protein, high carbohydrate, high poor quality fat and consumption of refined sugars all have a slowing-down effect upon metabolism and energy production, Yay, said no waistline...ever!
If your metabolism is lagging behind your goals, increased protein is necessary in order to increase metabolic rate and energy production. It's all about working with what you’ve got! And making what you've got work for you!
Interestingly, toxic and heavy metal exposure (eg cadmium, lead and mercury) can have an impact on the metabolism and therefore weight. But did you know, the uptake and retention of toxic metals is enhanced by a protein deficiency, specifically sulphur. Sulphur protects cells from the toxic effects of heavy metals and excessive free-radical production. Foods rich in sulphur include animal protein, fish, chicken and garlic.
Good sources of protein to enjoy daily
- Lean beef, lamb, veal and kangaroo
- Turkey and chicken
- Soft-cheese (feta cheese, ricotta, cottage cheese)
- Natural yoghurt
- Seafood (fish, prawns, squid)
- Legumes, nuts and seeds
Suggested protein intake varies according to your individual requirements and whilst a very necessary part of the diet, it is best served in balance with healthy fats and carbohydrates for optimal health!
Casey Dick | Passionate Dedicated Natural Nutritionist | Brisbane, Australia, Dietary Nutritionist, Healthy Body and Mind Advocate, Natural Hormone Balance & Healthy Weight Loss, Natural Skin Health, Anorexia, Eating Disorder Recovery, Orthorexia, Thyroid, Non-dieting Approach, Gut Health, Nutritionist specialises in PCOS, Why can’t I lose weight, Weight Loss Resistance