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Are Protein Diets Safe?
Article by Diet Bites
Health Risks of Protein-Based Diets
If you are considering a protein rich daily diet in order to lose that excess fat, we urge you - not to do that.
When a daily eating plan places the focus on protein consumption, the result can actually be deadly for some individuals.
Side Effects of a Protein Diet Plan
1. Dizziness, at times losing consciousness.
2. Nausea, digestive stress.
3. Urinary track distress, generally associated with dehydration.
4. Weakness, irritability, sleep disturbances.
5. Bad breath due to ketone issues.
6. Death. Those at highest risks include individuals with specific health issues [kidney, heart, blood pressure and diabetes in particular] as well as those who may have certain conditions but who may not be aware that they exist.
Risks to Heart Associated With Protein-Rich Diet
Protein impacts muscle health - and what is the largest muscle in the human body? The heart, of course.
The heart is like one giant pump. It has many responsibilities but its central goal is in transporting oxygenated blood throughout the human body, and receiving deoxygenated blood in return.
During the average span of life your heart will beat about 2.5 million beats.
Let's expand a bit further on risks to muscles, including the heart.
Muscle Health Risks
When the caloric intake consists of 30% or more of protein-based sources, the body is at risk for a build-up of harmful toxins. Because eating plans that are rich in protein often exclude or limit carbohydrates, this intensifies the situation.
Keep in mind that proteins work to expedite water from the body which in turn creates stress for both the kidneys and the heart. As body fluids are lost, essential vitamins and minerals are also expelled through the kidneys.
The result is weight loss - but in the form of water loss, not true fat loss. In addition, calcium and muscle mass are lost amid the process.
How to Achieve More Muscle Mass
While foods that are considerable in protein values tend to be minimal in caloric content, building a plan around these types of foods will not produce more muscle mass. However, exercise can.
Kidney Health Risks
Dehydration is a chief concern among healthy individuals. Among those with heart conditions or diabetes, it can be a fatal concern.
When the kidneys are damaged, they will let you know via significant back pain. They are located beneath the ribcage in the lower area of the back and are well protected - so that's good news. It requires some effort for them to become damaged.
Their functioning involves filtering, much like the liver. The kidneys filter salt and other elements from the blood to produce urine. They also work to regulate blood pressure. And protein plays a role in regulating blood pressure.
- If Penny is attempting to lose excess fat and decides upon going on a high protein diet AND if she is unaware that she is diabetic, she could end up in the emergency room.
- Likewise, if Jeff chooses a high protein diet for losing and is unaware that he has a heart condition, then he could also end-up in a life-threatening situation.
So why is this?
Where Penny is concerned, diabetes also impacts kidney health - therefore the potentially deadly combination.
Where Jeff is concerned, the heart is the largest muscle in the body. Because protein impacts muscles, the heart can be compromised with this method of weight loss.
How Much Protein Does Your Body Require?
About 0.36 grams for every pound that you weigh. This means that if you weigh 150 pounds, you need about 54 grams daily.
The USDA defines requirements as 2-3 servings per days, generally equal to about 6 ounces.
It's extremely easy to fit sufficient amounts into your day.
For example, three ounces of haddock contains about 14 grams. A serving of corn flakes - about 3 grams; 1 large egg - about 7 grams, three ounces of lean ground beef, about 17 grams, one serving of peanut butter, about 8 grams - and a serving of broccoli, over 4 grams.
A daily diet which places the focus on one element is considered a fat diet. Any weight that is lost through these types of plans tends to be in the form of water - not fat. Once the diet is discarded, lost weight is very rapidly regained.