There is some misinformation that diets high in protein are potentially dangerous.
The truth is that every nutrient in over-consumed foods has an adverse effect on the human body. At Motivation, we offer safe, medically monitored, scientifically proven weight loss programs that improve all areas of health while ensuring healthy FAT loss.
Any healthy diet plan for weight loss or general health depends on achieving the correct MACRO-NUTRIENT ratios. These are CARBOHYDRATES, PROTEIN, AND GOOD FATS.
Both fats (essential fatty acids) and proteins (essential amino acids) cannot be made by the body and must therefore be ingested through what we eat.
When it comes to protein, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends 0.8 grams per pound of IDEAL body weight. This is in line with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is a minimum, depending on how active the person is, and increases to 1.8 for those who exercise frequently and consistently.
ALL WEIGHT LOSS PLANS OF MOTIVATION ARE INCLUDED IN THESE RECOMMENDATIONS.
Other factors to consider when measuring the correct amount of protein include:
- Carbohydrate Intake – Carbohydrates are protein sparing. When glucose is present, it is used for fuel and protein, which are less likely to be broken down for energy. Protein needs are therefore higher on a low-carbohydrate diet.
- Weight Goals – If the attempt to lose weight needs to be higher, it is very important to get to the right level in order to conserve muscle fat burning.
For weight loss, protein intake can be calculated using the IDEAL body weight in kilos multiplied by 1.2 for a more sedentary lifestyle and up to 1.8 for extremely active customers. We use 1.5 on average.
The reason for this is that with a low-calorie diet, the body should consume energy from its fat reserves. However, without sufficient protein, muscle tissue is also used. Protein protects this lean muscle tissue and makes for faster fat loss, just what you want for inches off and healthy internal organs. This results in a more favorable body composition so that you can achieve the silhouette that you have always wanted.
Urea is one of the markers used to determine if there is too much protein in the system. The kidneys are responsible for excreting urea, and elevated levels are a sign of excess protein. In almost 25 years we have never had a case of increased urea levels among customers as part of a motivation plan.
Protein is very filling and creates a feeling of well-being by removing the peaks and troughs in blood sugar levels that lead to overeating and cravings for sweet and fatty foods.
When motivated, we ensure that customers have adequate protein intake. This is certainly not high compared to what you would have eaten before joining the program.