Protein is often called the building block of life. It helps build muscle, it helps smooth functioning of many hormonal activities, consuming a high-protein diet may even promote weight loss. If you are new to weight loss, you must be hearing a lot about protein lately. Well, it is not the time to get overwhelmed with information, although we do understand that the plethora of information could get too much at times. But here's a pro-tip. Start slow. Shocking your body may not be the best strategy to sustainable weight loss. You can start with some smart swaps. If you are looking to increase protein intake in your diet, here are some suggestions that may come in handy.
1. Swap breakfast cereals with eggs
Plenty of breakfast cereals are replete with hidden sugar. Sugar can take your weight loss goals for a toss. Starting your day with eggs or oats is a much more viable idea. Did you know eggs are the best source of bio-available protein? In other words, our body finds it very easy to assimilate protein from eggs. Protein helps fill you up and prevent cravings.
Did you know eggs are the best source of bio-available protein?
2. Swap maida puri with chapati
Foods made with maida gets digested soon, because of which you start feeling hungry again. Whole wheat profuse with fibre and a decent amount of protein. A chapati, therefore, is a better alternative to oily puri/parathas if you are looking for sustainable weight loss.
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3. Swap yogurt with Greek yogurt
Yogurt is an excellent source of protein and calcium, but if you are looking to maximise your protein intake you may consider hung curd or Greek yogurt. It has a higher amount of protein. Hung curd contains almost twice the amount of protein and half the carbs when compared to normal yogurt. It is also very low in sodium.
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High Protein Diet: Yogurt is an excellent source of protein and calcium
4. Swap bacon, sausages with chicken breast, salmon or tuna
A quintessential English breakfast is definitely one of the best ways to start a day. But there are many elements in this delish spread that could result in weight gain. Bacon and sausages are processed and not very good for your heart or waistline. Lean meat like chicken or fish is a good alternative for processed meat. They are packed with protein and have a low-fat content.
5. Swap parmesan with feta or cottage cheese
Say cheese, but be wise about it. Cheese is dubbed as a good source of calcium, protein and good fats; but you need to pick the right kind of cheese. Feta cheese and cottage cheese are two of the healthiest variants of cheese around. Try incorporating them in your meals somehow.
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Feta cheese and cottage cheese are two of the healthiest variants of cheese around.
Try these tips and let us know how they are working for you.