Protein diets are based on the suppression of carbohydrate intake which causes the body to quickly exhaust its energy reserves and begin to burn the fat stored in the body.
This process, known as beta oxidation, allows the body to form a ketosis state, a metabolic state caused by a deficit in the supply of carbohydrates that causes the formation of incomplete metabolized fat molecules, also called ketones.
Effects: Within three days of starting a protein diet, which categorically excludes the intake of carbohydrates, sugars and fats, our body enters a state of ketosis. This situation is marked by the concentration of ketone bodies in the blood, a reduction in hunger, as well as an elevated state of well-being and vitality. The results of the dietary protein are visible in the short term, with an average weight drop of three to five kilos in the first week, when the person is more than 15 kilos overweight.
Phases: For an effective and long-lasting protein diet it is essential to pass through some distinct phases that combine fast and gradual changes to our eating habits. In turn, daily exercise is required along with the drinking of a minimum of two litres of water.
First phases begin with rigorous fasting of all kinds of non-protein foods as prescribed by our doctor. These preparations come in envelopes that the patient should integrate with other micronutrients (vitamins, trace elements, etc..) as indicated by our specialist after the completion of a clinical analysis. During this stage, a laboratory protein diet can be combined with the consumption of vegetables and its duration will be determined by the number of kilos you want to lose. Once you get to 80% of the target the patient enters the next phase.
Next phases relate to the replacement of one or two of the envelopes for their equivalence in meat, poultry or fish. Gradually, and always under medical supervision, the different food groups are progressively reintroduced into the diet. During this phase weight-loss is continuous, although at a slower pace, and the intake of fruits, breads and starches is particularly suitable.
Final stage of the dietary protein is called the stabilization phase, and this is subject to unwanted occasions or “rebounds” where the patient gains weight with an ease similar to how it was lost. During this phase changes should be made in eating habits and the timing of meals and the consumption of high protein snacks in mid-morning or afternoon. Once past the third stage, it is crucial to follow a balanced diet in order to maintain the achieved weight reduction. Physical exercise increases caloric expenditure in the body, which helps maintain body shape.