Almost any serious weight-loss regiment advocates for fairly high protein levels. Protein is a critical component both as a tool for helping to lose weight, as well as for keeping the weight off once you reach your goals. Protein. Protein. Protein!! In fact, if you haven’t read my article on why protein is the single most important macro-nutrient for weight loss, take a minute to give it a read before you move on.
With the Weightix system, we try very hard to make sure people get the correct ratio of protein, carbs, and fat for their specific body-type, age, gender, weight, and activity level. However, these ratios are never an exact science — and sometimes they need to be adjusted.
Here are the top signs we look for to tell us that someone’s protein intake might be too low!
- Cravings for Sweets and Sugars and never feeling full: This seems completely counter-intuitive to a lot of people, but lack of sufficient protein actually causes people to crave sugar and carbs!! This is because one of the primary functions of protein is to provide the fuel needed to keep your body’s blood-sugar levels steady. This means if you’re lacking, your glucose levels could be all over the place, causing you to crave that next, sugary snack during the dips. Most people doing the Weightix system report that the sugar-cravings disappear about the time they start getting their protein levels where they ought to be. Note that this same problem can also cause “foggy brain” issues.
- Hair Falling Out: One of the top side-effects people experience on diets that severely restrict protein intake is your hair falls out!! (Anyone ever done hCG?). Since protein fuels the building blocks of our cells, lack therefor can actually cause the cells to weaken — and our hair follicles are the first to suffer!
- Overall feeling of weakness: Protein fuels muscle building and muscle regeneration, and if you’re not getting enough, your muscle-mass will actually shrink over time and you’ll be unable to do the same levels of physical activity that you could, previously.
- You get sick, constantly: Protein is the essential fuel for our immune system. If you seem to catch colds or get infections more often than everyone else, insufficient protein in your diet is the likely culprit if your health is good, otherwise.
- You can’t lose weight: I’ve seen it a hundred times — people struggle to lose weight, even on a caloric deficit, unless their protein numbers are (what seem to them to be) unusually high. Once the protein number is in check, the weight starts falling off. Part of this is because protein is a critical component to fueling our metabolism.
- Unable to keep the weight off after the “diet” is over: If you didn’t eat enough protein while you were in the midst of your weight-loss cycle, you will find it incredibly difficult (sometimes impossible) to keep the pounds from re-appearing once you reach your goal weight. This is because the lack of protein during the weight-loss cycle actually causes your body to prefer burning muscle, rather than fat — so that by the time you reach your goal weight, your metabolism is significantly slower than it once was. If you have a long-term picture for your health and weight, eating LOTS of protein is the key to making sure the weight stays off!
Concerned about how to get enough protein? Or don’t like to eat meat, so you’re not sure what to do? I answer all of these questions and a LOT more in my other article on protein.
If you need suggestions on protein shakes that are high-quality, taste great, and healthy — you should check out my blog entry where I list out my top recommendations in this area.