For many of our medical weight loss clients, learning a different balance of nutrients in their eating plans becomes the primary challenge. We focus a lot on protein, because adequate protein in the diet helps you feel full, keeps your blood sugar more even, and provides the proper building blocks for lean muscle tissue (which actually helps to boost metabolism). But some of you wonder, does eating a lot of protein mean a strong focus on foods sourced from animals? Or are there other sources of protein?
Actually, no. You can pursue a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle while also following a medical weight loss plan. Or, if you just want to reduce your reliance on animal products while still eating some of them, you can diversify your diet in a number of ways. There is a wide variety of options available, that will help you get enough protein in your diet, catering to different dietary preferences:
Animal-based sources: Lean meats such as chicken, turkey, beef, and fish are rich sources of complete proteins. Eggs and dairy products like Greek yogurt and cottage cheese are also great options.
Plant-based sources: Beans, lentils, chickpeas, tofu, tempeh, quinoa, nuts, seeds, and certain vegetables like spinach and broccoli are fantastic sources of plant-based proteins. While plant-based proteins may not always provide a complete amino acid profile, combining different sources can easily meet your protein needs.
Protein is an indispensable nutrient that offers a plethora of benefits, from supporting muscle growth and repair to promoting satiety and aiding in hormone regulation. Whether you follow an omnivorous or plant-based diet, ensuring an adequate intake of protein is vital for overall health and well-being. So, don’t hesitate to incorporate a variety of protein-rich foods into your daily meals and embrace the transformative power of protein for a healthier and more fulfilling life.
Call us to discuss a medical weight loss plan, and we’ll schedule an appointment to get started. We will help you put together an eating plan based on the nutrients your body needs, while taking into account your personal and lifestyle preferences for food choices.