Friday, May 16, 2008

High Protein Diets And Weight Loss!

The reason why most diets do not work is due to the body's conservation capacity. During a diet, the body protects itself against what it perceives as starvation. It does this by cannibalizing the lean muscle tissue that uses up calories.

Diets that take off more than two pounds in a week primarily remove the water and lean tissue from the body. Diets that are based on water pills (diuretics) do this directly, but the same effects are felt by most low-carbohydrate diets.

Many high protein diets usually produce weight loss for some time. This is because the body only uses as much protein as needed and the rest is changed to ammonia, which must be cleared from the body. The liver produces the amino acids required to convert this ammonia into urea, which is then passed out in the urine. Urea and ammonia are toxic to the body and are said to be hard on the kidneys and liver.

People lose weight rapidly because of loss of water as the kidneys draw moisture from the tissues in order to flush these protein waste products from the body. This means, the body chooses the lesser of the evils and forfeits necessary hydration to get rid of the toxins.

The reason we put on weight once the diet ends is because the desiccated tissues are quickly rehydrated and the lost weight regained.

The result of a high protein diet is that it makes the dieter feel tired and the burning of calories reduces. Since the body is trying to prevent starvation, it starts to use up tissues that burn calories, which are the lean muscle tissues - instead of the fat that the dieter actually wants to lose.

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