Every gym rat knows to eat protein after a workout. Most people have also heard that a high protein and low carbohydrate diet is a good way to lose weight. But what happens if you eat too much protein? Is it always safe?
According to an article published by the Mayo Clinic, a high-protein diet with little carbohydrates may help with weight loss. Additionally, if followed for six months or less, such a diet will generally not cause harm. They warned however, that the risks of a long-term, high-protein, low-carb diet is not adequately understood and still being studied. There are several health problems that might arise if a “high-protein diet is followed for an extended time:”
● If your diet greatly restricts carbohydrates, nutritional deficiencies or insufficient fiber may occur; causing health problems like constipation and diverticulitis. You should keep carbohydrates that are high in fiber in your diet.
● If your diet calls for red meat and full-fat dairy products, be alert to the risk of heart disease. Choose your protein of choice wisely and make it lean.
● Protein metabolism requires the kidneys to do a lot of work. Kidney function may worsen if you have kidney disease because your body may have trouble eliminating all the waste products created by metabolizing protein.
As a final piece of advice the article said to, “keep in mind that weight loss may be temporary, especially if you return to your previous way of eating.”
So how can Kay's Naturals help you maintain a healthy diet? First, all of our snacks and cereals are an easy way to eat healthy protein; after a workout, as a meal replacement when you are on the move, it is even a great option for picky toddlers. Second, the protein we provide is soy, and it is very lean, and is not as difficult for the body to digest as red meat. So you won't have to worry about heart disease or overworked kidneys. Finally, all of our food has some high-fiber carbohydrates, eliminating your worries of constipation or diverticulitis. All of this allows for a long-term diet that is healthy for your body, as well as achievable and delicious.
At Kay's, it is our goal to make it easy for everyone to eat well. Visit our website to learn more about our products and begin a new, healthier, diet for you!