Whatever type of weight loss diet or regime you’re on, make sure you’re getting enough protein and fiber. Most diets out there will include at least one of the two in large amounts, since they encourage you to at least eat vegetables.
But why are the two so important? Couldn’t you go a diet without both?
Well, you could but you wouldn’t have the healthiest lifestyle. You may even find it harder to feel satisfied while you lose weight. Protein and fiber in your weight loss diet helps in a few ways:
- They help you feel fuller for longer: both of these food groups break down slower than the likes of carbs and fats. Have you ever wondered why you feel fuller after a bowl of porridge than you do after a couple of slices of toast? Well, this is why. By the food breaking down slower, your body uses it up over a longer space of time.
- They make you feel fuller quicker: on top of that, you’ll find that you don’t need to eat as much to feel fuller. Fiber is especially beneficial for this, because it expands as you eat. The fiber soaks up water, so you feel like you’ve consumed more. That means you eat fewer calories, so you lose weight easier!
- Protein builds your muscles: well, the protein helps to build your muscles. It’s the building block for all parts of your body. When you work out, your muscles tear and then repair stronger. If you want to improve the recovery time, get more protein.
- Fiber supports the digestive system: there’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re bloating and backed up. Getting the right amount of fiber supports your digestive system so you avoid this happening as much as possible.
The last couple of days I’ve touched on protein powders to make sure you get your intake, but you really don’t need them to lose weight. You can get both protein and fiber easily from foods. Think about adding dairy, lean meats, vegetables, legumes, lentils, and other similar items to your diet more.
Do you get enough protein and fiber in your diet? If a plan is telling you to get rid of all of them, then I wouldn’t recommend following it. They’re both essential for your weight loss diet and healthy living.