Proteins are the basic building material of our muscles, and the most important macro nutrient in our food. Still, in the keto world, there are a few misinformed person who are actively pushing for a low protein version of the ketogenic diet.
Now, a very strict and low protein ketogenic diet is used to treat some serious pathologies, cancer included, but it should only be done under the supervision of a doctor because the goal is to treat the pathology, and the side effects of a low protein diet when you have cancer don’t seem so important.
But if you are part of the remaining 99.99% of the people eating a ketogenic diet to improve your health and to lose weight, you definitely need protein, a lot of protein. And if your coach is saying otherwise, change coach.
Why protein are so important?
“I have this spoiler alert for you. Every single human obesity study you will ever look at ever at all in the history of medical literature, the more protein people eat the better, always, completely, like there’s no exception.” says Dr. Ted Naiman, one of the leading doctors specialized in low carb and ketogenic diets.
More protein in your diet will help you lose weight, and even more important will help you reducing the intra-abdominal fat, that nasty fat around your internal organ that is directly linked to a number of diseases. In a study, the group eating 1.6 grams of protein per kilo lost 53% more fat than the group eating 0.8 grams of protein per kilo, even if the calories were the same for both groups.
Remember, a calorie isn’t a calorie!
Eating more protein not only will help you lose weight, but you’ll be less hungry and you won’t lose muscle mass together with fat.