The New High Protein Diet
The New High Protein Diet was designed by Dr. Charles Clark and his wife Maureen. It is meant to address the problems with other low-carb diets, such as the well-known Atkins eating plan.
The amount of protein, carbs and fat you should consume is based on how much you currently weigh. This is what nutritionists normally recommend.
The Clark’s recommendations differ from that of most nutritionists in that they suggest limiting carbohydrate intake to no more than 60 grams per day, at least during the weight loss portion of the diet.
The number of carbohydrate grams a nutritionist or dietician might recommend for you would depend on a variety of factors, including your current weight, how much you exercise and whether or not you are trying to build muscle. A registered dietician and professor of nutrition helped devise a healthy eating plan for me and the recommendation was 200 grams of carbs per day.
While it is called “the new high protein diet”, it is really just another low carb diet. The health benefits of low-carb diets are generally debatable. I believe, as do most nutritionists, it all has to do with the kind or quality of the carbohydrate foods you choose to eat.
Fruits and vegetables are sources of complex carbohydrates. They provide fiber, antioxidants and calories that the cells of your body need for fuel. Your brain in particular prefers this source of fuel.
Oatmeal and whole grains like brown rice are complex carbohydrates. They are also rich in fiber. Studies show that eating a bowl of oatmeal every day helps to naturally lower your cholesterol levels, making oatmeal a heart healthy choice.
Brown rice paired with beans might not fit with Clark’s recommendations. A half cup of each provides 42 grams of carbohydrates in one meal, but brown rice and beans are usually considered a healthy choice. Not only because the dish is low in fat, but also because pairing the two foods together gives you all nine essential amino acids, which makes the dish a “complete” protein.
If you had beans and rice for dinner and a cup of oatmeal for breakfast, you would exceed the doctor’s recommended daily maximum intake of 60 carb grams by 10 grams with just two meals. The rest of the day, you would have to eat fish, meat, fat or dairy products…no veggies and no fruits.
To test the “new” diet high protein Woman and Home magazine enlisted the help of an overweight reader named Sue. Sue lost 9 pounds over the course of three weeks, but found that the eating plan was highly restrictive and required a lot of cooking, which can be difficult for anyone who works outside the home or inside it for that matter.
You do need protein-rich foods if you want to build muscle or simply maintain the muscle that you have. Building muscle supports healthy weight loss because muscle tissue is more active. The more muscular your body, the more calories it will burn at rest.
I personally cannot recommend the New High Protein diet. My suggestion is to find out how many grams of protein you need each day, at least one gram per pound of body weight, but as much as two grams per pound may be necessary for building muscle. Get the protein that you need from foods and/or whey supplements. That’s what works for me!