HE’S a man of many talents, and it’s not just his ability to work out and run.
And it’s a skill that can also be put to the test when it comes to choosing the right high-protein diet.
The American Heart Association recently released a new guidelines on the optimal diet for cardiovascular health, including the recommended protein and carbs of each meal.
The group recommends eating at least a 50% protein, and consuming enough carbs to support the body’s ability to absorb fats.
In the case of a high-carb diet, those carbs can be high in fiber and omega-3s.
“We know that carbohydrate-rich foods like beans, legumes, whole grains, and fruits are important,” said Dr. Robert Lacey, a clinical professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University and the senior author of the guidelines.
“But for the most part, those foods are not very high in protein.”
According to Dr. Lacey and his colleagues, a healthy protein intake is more than double the daily recommended amount.
The ideal amount of protein should be about 8 grams (2.5 ounces) per pound of body weight, and about 30 grams per pound per day for women and 40 grams per day per person for men.
“There’s no doubt that carbohydrates are critical for keeping us alive and healthy, but the type of protein that is high in carbohydrates is essential,” Dr. James Vollmer, director of the University of Michigan Department of Nutrition, said in a press release.
“The amount of carbs that you consume and the amount of fat you have to use to maintain that fat level is important.”
High-protein meals are generally higher in fiber, and high in omega-6 fatty acids, which are associated with weight loss and a reduced risk of heart disease.
While the guidelines aren’t specifically for the high-calorie-count diets of Atkins, Cheat, or the Paleo movement, Dr. Vollming believes it could be useful for those who want to lose weight while staying healthy.
“The ketogenic diet is an excellent low-carb, high-fat diet,” Dr Lacey said.
“It’s just about the amount that you want to consume to maintain your weight loss.”
Dr. Vamparakis, however, doesn’t see ketogenic diets being recommended as a diet for everyone.
“It’s a niche diet that people are making more and more for their own health,” he said.
“For a lot of people, there’s a real problem that there are a lot more people eating high-sugar, high fat diets.”
If you’re a bodybuilder, Dr Vamparsakis suggested a high protein diet may be a good choice for you, because your body needs more protein.
“A lot of bodybuilders, they’re just so big and strong and they’re so strong,” he explained.
“You need a lot to maintain muscle mass and to keep your muscle mass healthy.”
Dr Vamparlakis recommends people who are on a high carbohydrate diet, like athletes or people who train, keep their carb intake under 5 grams per kilogram of bodyweight, but he recommends people with a lower body mass index (BMI) maintain at least 1.5 grams per kg.
“You should also maintain a very healthy level of protein,” he advised.
“A lot more protein is good for you.”
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