The popularity of protein diets is explained primarily by the fact that the process of losing weight "starts", but at the same time, hunger does not feel hungry. In addition, meat eaters and fish lovers do not have to give up their usual products. However, there are also many shortcomings in such systems of weight loss.

Menu options protein diets

Varieties of protein diets, differing from each other only slightly, there are several. So, one of the first became known and has got popularity the Atkins diet, its Russian version - the Kremlin diet. Both food systems assume unlimited consumption of protein products (meat, fish, eggs, etc.) with the maximum reduction in the amount of carbohydrate-rich foods (not more than forty grams of carbohydrates per day).

Another fairly well-known option is the egg diet, within which three boiled eggs are needed daily, supplementing the diet with other products (necessarily - grapefruit, vegetables, lean fish and others). Finally, we can not fail to mention another variety - the protein-vitamin diet, which involves the use of foods rich in proteins and vitamins, and the exclusion of fat and carbohydrates from the diet.

Menu protein diet for a week

The daily menu for all who follow the rules of the protein diet may include the following products (to choose from):

  • meat or fish in any form, including roasted (never, however, use bread flour or a breading, and sauces)
  • non-starchy vegetables and unsweetened fruits, including vegetable salads with various dressings
  • eggs, dairy products, low fat cottage cheese.

Below the menu for the week was balanced, it should take care of a variety of food, alternating, for example, meat and fish. Completely excluded from the diet all types of bread and confectionery products, sugar, pasta, potatoes, and all types of cereals (and cereal).

Menu protein diet for pregnant women

Separately, we should focus on protein diets for pregnant women. In some cases, they are appointed by the doctor - for example, if a woman is quickly gaining weight in anticipation of a child. True, pregnancy is a period when it is especially important not only to supply the body with plenty of protein, but also to eat balanced.

Therefore, the daily menu of the protein diet for pregnant women should include the following products:

  • milk – about two cups
  • green vegetables (such as cucumber or lettuce)
  • egg
  • low-fat fresh meat
  • cheese – 2 - piece
  • boiled fish
  • cottage cheese – about 100 grams
  • cereals, or nuts
  • fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C.

Most importantly – do not forget that without a doctor's prescription or without consultation with him do not sit on the protein diet during pregnancy.

Disadvantages of protein diets

The main problem of all diets based on the use of protein-rich foods is the imbalance of the diet, as the body receives a large amount of fat and protein, but at the same time the amount of incoming carbohydrates decreases sharply, which can adversely affect both the work of the gastrointestinal tract and on cognitive abilities.

Especially dangerous are protein diets for all who suffer from diseases of the heart and blood vessels, kidneys, liver, pancreas. For these people sometimes recommend a diet of protein-carbohydrate alternation, the menu of which changes to protein, carbohydrate or mixed on different days.

In addition, because of a shortage of carbohydrates to maintain energy during the day, proteins will be consumed. As a result, the protein required for the synthesis of hormones, the body will "borrow" from the muscles, so weight loss is due to a reduction in the amount of non-fat, and muscle mass.