Protein diet plans to help you lose weight


-Sanjana Subramanian

When you’re absolutely firm about wanting to lose weight, you’re bound to do all that you can to make it happen. But, while putting in hours at the gym or doing extra rounds of cardio is great, what’s equally important is eating the right kind of food.

And yes, while you may have your very own personalised diet plan, ask yourself – is it protein-rich? Do not underestimate the importance of proteins in your diet. They’re great for your overall health and doctors and nutritionists agree that they must be part of your daily diet, in order to meet the various needs of your body. What’s more, protein helps you stay full for longer, so you won’t be eating unhealthy food or feeling hungry very often.

But, don’t let all of this stress you out. We’re here to help you out with a diet plan (or two) that’s rich in protein, to help you on your weight loss journey. But remember – the recommended daily protein intake for women is not more than 46gms and not more than 56gms for men.

Protein Diet Plan #1
Breakfast: Eat 2 eggs, along with a slice of whole-grain bread/toast. You could also layer your toast with a tablespoon of almond butter.
Lunch: Have a small cup of mixed vegetable salad 10 minutes before lunch. Then, go for sautéed vegetables with cottage cheese, along with one chapatti
Snack: A pear or an apple
Dinner: A moderate serving of grilled chicken/paneer, either with quinoa or with a beans sprout salad

Protein Diet Plan #2
Breakfast: Opt for a strawberry or a peanut-butter smoothie
Lunch: Fish curry (less oil) or quinoa pulao
Snack: Eat a banana
Dinner: Palak with or without paneer, with 2 chapattis

Protein Diet Plan #3
Breakfast: Choose to eat an omelet with 2 or 3 eggs
Lunch: Rajma falafel
Snack: An orange
Dinner: Stir fry with vegetables

Protein Diet Plan #4
Breakfast: Have a cup of oats
Lunch: Eat a modest serving of seasoned brown rice with lean meat of your choice
Snack:
A fistful of peanuts
Dinner:
Fresh guacamole, grilled onions and black beans on a corn tortilla

Whatever kind of protein diet plan you choose to follow, make sure to consult with your own nutritionist before you begin. And always remember that a particular form of protein will probably not suit everybody. So, if you find yourself feeling bloated or uncomfortable in any way while you’re on a particular protein diet plan, you could swap the protein you’re consuming with another form of protein. Just don’t give up!

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