Is A High Protein, Low Carb Diet Better For You?

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In most cases, high protein intakes coupled with extremely low carbohydrate intakes are NOT optimal. You see, it’s just not possible for you to have the types of workouts necessary for rapid change when you are restricting carbohydrates.

And the female body (and brain) work best when fed a steady supply of carbohydrates.

Having said that, here are some very specific instances when going high protein and low carb may be beneficial to you:

1. If you can’t get out of a rut: This only applies to women who are trying to bring their levels of body fat to an extremely low level. Otherwise, reducing¬† carbs will backfire on you. But if you are stuck at 14% body fat, for instance, and want to get to 11% body fat, then going low carb may do the trick.

You see, in the absence of carbs levels of insulin drop a lot. And low insulin translates into rapid fat burning.

2. If you can’t control your appetite: Of all the different macronutrients, protein has the biggest effect on satiety. In other words, a high protein meal will leave you very full. Even better, if you combine the protein with lots of vegetables the feeling of fullness will last longer.

3. If you are insulin resistant: A properly done insulin resistance test is complicated and expensive. The good news is that there is a much simpler way to figure this out: look at your stomach. If your stomach is disproportionately larger than the rest of your body, then you may be insulin resistant.

Also, if you find yourself getting very tired after eating, you could be resistant.

4. If you need a diet change that wont set you back: Nobody can follow the same diet forever, it’s just not feasible. And going on a high protein, low carb diet can offer some additional variety while keeping body fat (and arm fat) in check.

Just make sure you stay away from sources of animal protein that are high in saturated fat.

5. If your mode of existence becomes more sedentary: As levels of movement decrease so does the need for carbohydrates. In fact, whole grains should only be consumed around times of heavy exertion. Otherwise, stick to beans and legumes.

And if you get a new job or life circumstances change and you find yourself sitting down all day, it may be time to reduce carbohydrate intake.

6. If you become anemic: Now you don’t have to take out carbs here, but an increase in animal protein is a very effective way to get out of anemia quickly. You see, animal sources of iron are readily absorbed by the female body.

Now please keep in mind that for the great majority of women a high protein diet is not the best dietary strategy for getting rid of flabby arms. However, if you find yourself in any of the above situations, temporarily increasing your protein intake may help out.

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