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 has a lot of restrictions, which must be discussed with a dietician and a physician.
How the Protein Sparing Fast Works
Dieting in ideal situations should only result to fat tissue loss instead of lean body mass. However, a small part of lean body mass is lost regardless of the weight loss diet, especially with low-calorie ones. Typically providing less than 900 calories a day, a PSMF diet avoids the loss of lean body mass because it includes at least 70 grams of high-quality protein. A PSMF diet still avoids lean body mass loss despite only providing fewer than 900 calories per day, since it includes a maximum of 90 grams of high-quality protein.
Protein – Main Source of Energy
The human body’s main source of energy is carbohydrates. People who put severe limits to their carbohydrates while dieting will find their body using their fat as an alternative source of energy. Large protein intake during diet ensures that the body does not consume the protein stored in cells, muscles, and tissues. The fat, once broken down in a rapid manner, produces waste substances called ketones and are removed from the body through ketosis. With this, the protein sparing modified diet is ketogenic. A common effect of ketosis is appetite loss, which makes losing weight easier.
Having a PSMF regimen means adjusting one’s diet exclusively for lean meat, poultry, seafood, and some low-carbohydrate vegetables instead. The diet does not accept other kinds of fat or carbohydrates. The missing nutrients in the diet are recovered by utilizing supplemental medicine. PSMF dieters should continue with the plan until they reach their weight goal and take their post-diet process called the refeeding phase in order to reintroduce carbohydrates and lower protein consumption. Upon entering the phase, the principles of a well-balanced diet is given in order to secure a stable weight control in the future.
A consideration for the PSMF diet is that a sharp decrease in carbohydrates forces the body to release large amounts of water once its stores have been used up. 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. A medical professional has the capability to recommend the required amount of potassium, sodium, and other fluids to be consumed during the diet process. 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.