Monday, July 14, 2014

Low Calorie High Protein Diets

High-protein diets have gotten a bad reputation in the past, largely fueled by myths such as "excess protein damages the kidneys." With the advent of low-carb lifestyles (which are higher protein by nature) and the researched performed around them, health care specialists are beginning to espouse the merits of higher-protein diets. For those searching for the best low-calorie high-protein diets on the market, here are two options.

Velocity Diet

    Liquid diets are often praised for their convenience and low rate of user deviation. As the dieter is operating under very specific guidelines with all meals determined well in advance, there is less opportunity to have a temporary lapse in willpower which could result in a "cheat meal." Some people thrive on the rigid formulaic approach provided by a liquid diet, and for those individuals, the Velocity Diet (or "V-Diet") is well suited.
    The V-Diet is a 28-day fat-loss blitz that revolves around the consumption of several protein drinks a day, with minimal whole-food meals (one per week). Five shakes are consumed on non-workout days; six on training days. Conveniently, the V-Diet comes with a useful meal-plan calculator. After plugging in your vital statistics (such as age, weight and sex), it plans the entire diet for you. All you have to do is follow the prescribed workouts and diet plan to see fat loss results. Workouts associated with the V-Diet are scheduled for four days a week, which is reasonable for people with busy lifestyles. Additionally, the dieter is encouraged to perform as much NEPA (non-exercise physical activity, such as walking or biking) as possible to stimulate further fat loss.
    All in all, for those who perform best on a regimented liquid diet, the V-Diet is a good choice.

Seven Rules Diet

    Those who prefer a solid food high-protein diet might want to try Dr. John Berardi's "7 Rules" diet. It is simple, easy to follow and will lead you to new heights of body composition and fat loss. Through a high-protein, low-calorie, restricted carbohydrate approach, the 7 Rules takes nutrition back to a simpler time, before the advent of microwave meals and processed food.
    The 7 Rules are as follows: (1) Eat small meals every two to three hours. (2) Consume a lean protein source with each meal. (3) Consume fruits and vegetables with each meal. (4) Limit carbs to just fruits and vegetables. (5) Consume at least 25% of your calories from healthy, natural fats like animal fat and oils (flax, fish, olive, coconut and macadamia nut). (6) Drink only water and green tea. (7) Eat mostly whole food.
    Dr. Berardi states that most of his clients can meet their physique goals simply by following these seven habits--they are that powerful. And by limiting food choices to natural items, your daily caloric consumption will naturally drop. It might be simple to eat 2,000 calories in one fast-food meal, but try doing that with just meat, fruit and vegetables. For those who prefer to eat solid food, why not give the 7 Rules diet a try for a few months and experience the results for yourself?


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