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					Is A Low-Carb, High Protein Diet really Effective for Weight Loss?

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You may have heard that to increase muscle and to lose weight you need to
increase your protein intake. When I first head that I thought...wait a
minute the same thing that is going to make you bigger is supposed to
make you 'smaller'...I asked the trainer this question and he looked at
me dumbfounded but it left me to thinking..."besides sounding absurd,
will this method actually be safe?"


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Weight loss, diet, fitness, health


Article Body:
You may have heard that to increase muscle and to lose weight you need to
increase your protein intake. When I first heard that I thought...wait a
minute the same thing that is going to make you bigger is supposed to
make you 'smaller'...I asked the trainer this question and he looked at
me dumbfounded but it left me to thinking..."besides sounding absurd,
will this method actually be safe?"

Although we all know we require a certain quantity of protein every day
to be healthy and because of propaganda to this effect, a lot of people
view the daily consumption of high-protein foods such as meat and dairy
as highly beneficial. However, judging from the failure of most if not
all the people I have personally known attempting to lose weight on a
high-protein, low carb diet, it may be time to revise our ideas about
protein.

From what I have seen (upwards of six cases I have been able to observe
among friends, family and co-workers) it will be safe to answer the
question heading this article with a simple No!

Not only is a diet high in protein NOT the best at all for weight loss,
according to many naturopaths, such a diet may even be detrimental to
ones overall health.

Because of its complexity, excessive protein along with fatty foods are
the most difficult foods to digest and tend to leave one tired all the
time. Moreover the common putrefaction of protein while being digested
creates many acids in the body and has been known to lay the foundation
for cancer.

This is not to say that proteins and fats must be avoided, quite the
contrary, what should be the goal in consuming these foods should be
taking in exactly what the body needs and no more. The Max Planck
institute has proven that, considering that the body recycles most of its
protein for its own needs, 25g of protein a day is more than enough.
According to T.C. Fry, a well known Naturopath and pioneer in drugless
healing, there are several cultures such as the Caribbeans, who subsist
on a Manioc-based (root-vegetable) diet and get about 12 g of protein a
day. Quite similarly, an aboriginal tribe living in the Mountains of
Hagen was discovered to live on about 80-90% of their diet being Sweet
Potatoes, the rest mostly leafy veggies, bananas and the like.

While I lived in Nigeria for 17 plus years, most people hardly ever even
consumed milk or cheese (they were too expensive) and families strictly
rationed the consumption of animal flesh to about the size of medium size
lemon per person every other day. All these groups of people, with their
root vegetable diets are obviously in great health, accomplishing great
physical work.

Moreover, Mother’s milk, which for a time is a baby’s perfect food, has
about 1-2 % protein content. (Only fruits and veggies resemble it in
their composition) Any reasonable person will be able to deduce that a
growing baby needs more protein than a full-grown adult, yet human
babies, just like with our distant cousins: the Apes in the wild, do just
fine on breast milk and on the subject of apes who share about 98% of our
DNA, do you know the Gorilla, the strongest primate, has been known to
bench press upwards of about 4000 pounds! What does this creature live
on? According to Dr. George Schaller and Dian Fossey, two great
primatologists, this powerful relative lives on mostly fruits and leaves.

Now, considering all the factors above, when it comes to the right diet
for weight loss, I would recommend a Mucus-less or Mucus-poor (raw and
cooked fruits and veggies) over any other mere fad in the quest of
attaining fitness and health. Of course, if the consumption of animal
flesh must be continued, I would also advise that it be done at a minimal
quantity and only one kind of animal flesh every so often.

In my opinion, consumption of fresh home-made salads, mono-meals of
fruits, snacks on dried fruits such as dates, a few nuts and maybe even a
short juice fast, as a choice for a diet (along with some form of
exercise) will be the best path to attaining safe and healthy weight
loss.

				
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