Protein will become extremely important as you pursue your medical weight loss plan. We counsel our clients on not only the calories they should be consuming each day, but also how much of those calories should come from protein, fat, and carbohydrates.
An eating plan high in protein helps you to maintain your metabolism and add lean muscle tissue. Plus it keeps you feeling full, so that you don’t struggle with cravings for unhealthy foods. But getting more protein in your diet can be a challenge for some people. These easy tricks can help.
Eat more soy. Those of you pursuing a vegan lifestyle can still participate in a medical weight loss plan. It’s just a bit more challenging with regard to protein. Edamame and tofu are chock-full of protein, and are known to protect your hearth health too.
Pop open a can of beans. Beans make another great option for both vegans and non-vegans alike. Pop open a can of beans, and add them to salads or roll them up in a tortilla. Beans are so versatile that it’s easy to add them (and a bit of protein) to many meals and snacks.
Snack on low-fat dairy products. String cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, and skim milk are all great, low-fat, high-protein snacks. It’s simple to grab these items and go, so your medical weight loss plan doesn’t have to cost you a fortune or require a large amount of meal prep.
Add eggs to your meals. An egg contains 6 grams of protein and only 70 calories. Plus, they’re relatively inexpensive and very quick to prepare. Boiled eggs are great for tossing in salads or a stand-alone snack, whereas scrambled eggs and omelets make simple and easy breakfasts for busy mornings.
Indulge in tuna or salmon. While a bit more expensive than other items on this list, fish contains about 25 grams of protein per serving and are high in heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Tuna salad or smoked salmon make great snacks or can be part of a larger meal.
And of course, if you need any more help with your medical weight loss plan, just call us to schedule an appointment. We can offer more individualized advice once we get to know you and your eating habits.