What’s a Protein Only Diet?

Proteins are the building blocks of life. All living things on the planet are made up of certain types of proteins. The proteins most commonly referred to are the animal proteins that are found in red meats, poultry, and fish. These proteins are what make up the muscles, the internal organs, and the skin of the animals that are raised as stock for human consumption.

Protein is a very important component in every person’s diet. Without it, human bodies would eventually cannibalize itself, eating the proteins that are need to generate and regenerate muscle, and repair and replace the proteins that make up our internal organs.

So, if proteins are so important can people exist on protein only diets? Diets high in protein are great for people who are body builders, strength trainers, are looking to tone their muscle, or are looking to lose weight, but protein only diets would be a little difficult to achieve.

Eating only protein would rob your body of what it needs. Animal proteins (beef, pork, chicken, turkey, duck, venison, and fish) also provide the necessary fats the body needs to burn for energy. Also, if you’re cutting out all carbs from your diet, you are denying your body the sugars it needs for immediate energy. Carbs are what make up the sugars and starches found in fruits and vegetables, and are found in grains which make the breads we need for dietary fiber.

Protein only diets should never be attempted. If you want to lose weight or gain muscle mass, you should consult a fitness trainer, nutritionist, or a general physician.

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