If you're overweight or obese, losing weight is an important goal. In fact, it's fairly urgent you lose weight to protect your health, energy and stamina. How much weight you lose per week is important, but not so important you lose your health in the process. A high protein-low fat diet along with reasonable exercise can help you reach your weight loss goals and your health goals at the same time.
For weight loss, you can diet to reduce carbohydrates, proteins or fats. Reducing proteins or carbohydrates is more difficult and risky, because of the energy and many nutrients involved. Also, you can eat more food on a low fat diet, because proteins and carbs have 2/3 the calories by weight than fats. That makes it more difficult to maintain a low carb or low protein diet. By far, the least risky, most sustainable diet is where you dramatically lower the fat intake while leaving carbs the same and slightly increasing the proteins to make up for the volume loss...that's the high protein-low fat diet. You can eat about the same amount of food but lose weight in the process.
You can find many weight loss diets that claim much faster results than the high protein-low fat diet, but those results come at a price. You can put your body into starvation mode, risking your health and having your body fight you for food every step of the way. Even if you reach your goal, once there, the build up demand for food will probably head your weight back up faster than it came down. The right diet is relatively slow, but sustainable, making it possible for you to reach your goal and maintain it with minimal adjustment. With low fat-high protein diet, you should lose about a pound per week and maintain your health at the same time.
In addition to losing weight, you should also have health goals, like blood cholesterol under 200, triglycerides under 100, blood pressure 120/80, etc. Health is the reason for weight loss, so having something you're looking at other than weight provides balance in your program.
Any balanced weight loss program should include Exercise. In fact, exercise is the best way to manage cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure. Though any exercise is good, the best exercise for a healthy life is aerobic exercise.
By following a balanced high-protein-low fat diet and by getting regular aerobic exercise, you can achieve reasonable weight loss goals and maintain your health in the process. This diet is easy to follow, averages weight loss of about a pound per week, and requires little adjustment at the end to maintain weight. After all, you do want permanent success so you don't have to do it again...don't you?
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