4 Signs You Need to Eat More Protein

Some of you are following a medical weight loss plan, whereas others just want to stay healthy and consume a nutritious, anti-aging diet. Either way, you probably aren’t accustomed to being told that you need to eat more of something! But that is often the case with protein. If any of the following four situations apply to you – especially if several of them apply – we should discuss your protein intake in more detail. Read more

Should You Snack Before Bedtime?

When you’re following a medical weight loss plan, the basic idea is that you must consume fewer calories than you burn through activity and general metabolic processes. And so, any eating plan will revolve around choosing appropriate foods and eating the right portion sizes.

But in addition to that, you might have read that the time of your meals can matter. Some people believe that because your metabolism slows as you’re sleeping, eating a big meal before bed is a bad idea because you won’t be able to burn off the calories. Generally speaking, they’re right. But that doesn’t mean you have to go to bed starving, if you’re feeling famished at the end of the day. Read more

Yes, You Can Eat Cheese on a Healthy Meal Plan!

When you first start a healthy eating plan, giving up your favorite foods might be one of your main concerns. Change is good, especially healthy changes, but none of us like the idea of losing too much of the things we enjoy. Well, for you cheese lovers out there, we have some good news: Yes, cheese can be a part of a healthy diet! Read more

Eat This, Not That, to Reduce Inflammation

You’ve probably heard a lot about “inflammation”, and your impression is that it’s a bad thing. Actually, when the body’s immune system activates to fight off an invader (such as a virus or bacteria), inflammation can be a good thing! But when the immune system fails to “switch off”, chronic inflammation can definitely become a problem and cause serious damage. That’s the type of inflammation you’ve probably heard about, and the type that our medical weight loss plan seeks to address. Read more

15 Foods to Support Your Immune System

As you are well aware, cold and flu season is going strong this winter. Those, and other viruses, tend to flourish in indoor locations during the cool months of the year. And you know that regularly washing your hands, avoiding close contact with others, and refraining from touching our faces can help to prevent the spread of viruses. But what else can you do? Read more

The Pros and Cons of Sparkling Water

When it comes to weight loss, everyone seems to have different opinions on what works and does not work. Some swear that certain foods or beverages aided their efforts, while others will swear to you that they will undermine your entire plan. So who is right? And how much weight do we give to personal anecdotes? Read more

Top 10 Healthy Foods You Should Eat All the Time

When you’re following a weight loss plan, it can feel tempting to focus on all of the “off limits” foods. Why is it that the most tempting, delicious foods are the ones we aren’t supposed to eat too often? But focusing on that concept can only make those items seem even more alluring. And there’s no point in making yourself miserable! Read more

5 Steps for Planning a Healthy Lunch

Following your eating plan can feel easy when you’re hanging out around the house. But when you head out to the office, temptation is everywhere. From the vending machines in the break room to the fast food restaurants down the street, it seems junk food is calling to you at lunch time. The solution is to pack your own lunch and stick to it. Read more

What’s the Deal With Carbohydrates?

It certainly seems as though most people have strong opinions about carbohydrates. One person will tell you their weight loss plan was successful because they ate zero carbs, while another tells you carbs are fine and not to worry about them. So what’s the truth? Read more

10 Terrific Proteins for Your Eating Plan

As you pursue a medical weight loss plan, you will learn about the importance of protein in your diet. Protein serves a number of purposes in the body, such as:

  • helping to build and repair muscle tissue
  • making enzymes and hormones that regulate metabolism
  • preventing spikes and crashes in blood sugar
  • helping you to feel more full in between meals, preventing cravings

Clearly, protein is important to your eating plan, and you will need to take care in order to consume your target number of grams each day. But is all protein created equal? Well, not really.

A good protein source will contain other important nutrients like healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. So you should also consider your protein sources in order to create the most well-rounded and healthy eating plan possible.

Quality proteins do come from both plant and animal sources. Some of the best sources of protein include:

  • Eggs
  • Greek yogurt
  • Cottage cheese
  • Chicken
  • Salmon
  • Grass-fed beef
  • Tofu
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Almonds

The above are certainly not the only sources of protein, but they are often considered some of the most nutritious. As you can see, several of them make for great snacks, so you don’t have to worry about carrying around a steak in your car or purse! Yogurt, cottage cheese, almonds and so on can be purchased in simple, pre-portioned containers for easy snacking at work or on the go.

If you’re pursuing a vegan diet, we should talk more in depth about balancing your eating plan around your ethical standards. A vegan diet can contain plenty of protein and other nutrients, but supplementation may sometimes be necessary for healthiest results (especially regarding vitamin B12).

As for your protein requirements overall, we definitely recommend setting an appointment to discuss your weight loss plan and goals. We can help you decide how much protein is adequate for your body type, and offer other supports to help you stay on track.

 

 

 

 

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