I am looking for a weight loss plan. What is the best diet plan that I should follow ?
To lose weight we cut calories, start eating lesser, maybe even skip your dinner. The first two weeks go great, we see weight loss, but soon after we stop seeing results. What happened?
Losing weight by simply cutting calories causes you to lose water, lean tissues, as well as fat. Over the first few weeks, your metabolism will slow down and to continue losing weight, the only option is to cut calories even further.
Reducing our calories while keeping a balance of Protein, Fats, Carbs & Fiber and a steady supply of essential vitamins and minerals is what will ensure a healthy weight loss journey.
We all know how Carbs and Fats impact our body, but did you know that a rich Protein and Fiber based diet is what will help you achieve long term weight loss?
Dietary Fiber ( Soluble & Insoluble ) in our food includes those parts of plants which your body cannot absorb. This fiber will pass through our digestive system almost intact.
Here's how soluble fiber benefits weight loss and your body:
Fiber rich foods keep you full for longer, help you reduce weight faster, make maintaining weight easier, make you feel lighter, slimmer, improve your digestion and reduce the risk of lifestyle diseases like Type 2 Diabetes.
But, if you really want to reduce weight fast, adding Fiber is just not enough, you must also manage your Daily Protein intake.
Protein feels heavy in your stomach and takes longer to digest - This helps you feel full faster and keeps you satiated for a long time. For weight loss, we want to focus on a diet heavy on Protein and Fiber with moderate amounts Healthy fats and Carbs mixed in.
Protein helps us build and maintain muscle in our body - Muscle requires energy to maintain, and the same size density of muscle is heavier and costlier to maintain than fat. This helps you permanently increase your metabolism, thus leading to weight loss.
Reducing just Carbs has the potential to cause harm to our health. A lack of sufficient carb intake can leave you feeling lethargic throughout the day. Instead of cutting down on Carbs - Balance it with a dose of healthy Proteins & Fats.
To summarise - Protein & Fiber provide long term weight loss through means of:
A combination of Protein and Fiber heavy diet can not only help us lose weight faster, but also provide a sea of other health benefits. Losing weight and keeping it off is just a matter of maintaning and following a nutrionally balanced diet with a touch of mindful eating.