When you first begin your medical weight loss plan with us, we will review your dietary needs and formulate a plan to help your body get the correct balance of nutrients from food. For our clients who choose the low-carb eating plan, we recommend (in most cases) that you keep your carbohydrate intake below 45 grams per day. At the same time, we want you to eat about 120 grams of protein.
Complicating matters, you might need to avoid plant-based sources of protein, because those foods are often high in carbohydrates. So for some people, obtaining enough protein each day to meet their medical weight loss plan requirements can feel challenging.
Sources such as protein bars and shakes can be helpful (assuming they don’t contain too many carbs) but you probably don’t want to rely upon those. Shakes are often not very filling, and protein bars can be expensive (and don’t feel like a real meal anyway). It’s better to focus on food sources that you can work into your meals and snacks, such as the following options:
Try to keep some of these foods packed and ready to consume as snacks, whether you’re at home, or the office, or on the go. A quick few bites of protein can stave off cravings for hours while helping you satisfy your nutritional plan requirements.
If you’re interested in learning more about a medical weight loss plan, to help you lose weight and keep it off for good, call our office to schedule an appointment.