The protein sparing modified fast is created for overweight individuals looking for a quick weight loss. Aside from dietary components, it also has medical and behavioral aspects too. This diet must be discussed with a proficient dietician and physician since it is very restrictive.
Defining the Protein Sparing Fast
Ideally, humans mostly lose fat tissue instead of lean body mass when in diet. Humans, in an ideal situation, should retain their lean body mass and lose fat tissue when dieting. Weight loss diets, regardless of the method, can still result to the loss of lean body mass, most especially with low-calorie variants. 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.
Protein – Main Source of Energy
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. With the fast breakdown of fat, waste substances called ketones are expelled from the body through urination, a condition known as ketosis. The PSMF diet can also be called ketogenic diet. The degree of weight loss is augmented by the fact that ketosis results to losing appetite.
PSMF food selections has a very small roster, since it only offers a miniscule set of low-carbohydrate vegetables in addition to lean meat, poultry, and seafood. The diet does not accept other kinds of fat or carbohydrates. Supplements are given in order to make up for any nutritional deficiencies caused by the diet. Anyone trying the diet must follow through the entire regimen until their desired weight is reached; they can then enter the refeeding phase, a post-diet process where they can once again take carbohydrates and decrease the protein they consume. Upon entering the phase, the principles of a well-balanced diet is given in order to secure a stable weight control in the future.
However, any aspiring dieter should know that decreasing their carbohydrate consumption drastically will result to large water loss once the body’s stored supply is used. 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. The doctor or dietician can give recommendations to the amount of liquid, sodium, and potassium a dieter must take on a daily basis. Another potentially dangerous consideration is that even the slightest deviation from the prescribed food groups could result to a nasty imbalance of both bodily fluids and electrolytes, as well as interrupting the weight loss process, which invalidates the diet until adhered to once more.