The protein sparing modified fast is made for obese people to lose weight quickly. It has medical and behavioral aspects in addition to its dietary component. This diet must be discussed with a proficient dietician and physician since it is very restrictive.
The Basics of the Protein Sparing Fast
Dieting in ideal situations should only result to fat tissue loss instead of lean body mass. Any weight loss diet still results to a miniscule lean body mass loss, more so with low-calorie diets. While giving only 900 calories a day, the 70 to 90 grams of high-quality protein in a PSMF diet prevents lean body mass loss.
How Protein Works to Keep the Body Active
The human body’s main source of energy is carbohydrates. When people greatly limit their carbohydrate intake when dieting, the body begins to use fat to get energy. Consuming great amounts of protein during the process means that the protein stores in muscles, tissues, and cells are not used. The fat, once broken down in a rapid manner, produces waste substances called ketones and are removed from the body through ketosis. With this, the protein sparing modified diet is ketogenic. A common effect of ketosis is appetite loss, which makes losing weight easier.
Having a PSMF regimen means adjusting one’s diet exclusively for lean meat, poultry, seafood, and some low-carbohydrate vegetables instead. The diet explicitly forbids the consumption of any other types of fat or carbohydrates. The missing nutrients in the diet are recovered by utilizing supplemental medicine. PSMF dieters should continue with the plan until they reach their weight goal and take their post-diet process called the refeeding phase in order to reintroduce carbohydrates and lower protein consumption. Upon entering the phase, the principles of a well-balanced diet is given in order to secure a stable weight control in the future.
Regardless, a thing to consider is that when a dieter makes their carbohydrate consumption much smaller and the body depletes its stores, it makes the body release huge amounts of water. The end-result of this is that the body experiences both electrolyte imbalances and dehydration, that’s why it is necessary for a dietician to look over the entire diet. A medical professional has the capability to recommend the required amount of potassium, sodium, and other fluids to be consumed during the diet process. Also, consuming meals not included in the diet interrupt the process of ketosis and ultimately lead to unhealthy imbalances in fluids and electrolytes, which also hinders weight loss.