I welcome you also to the very first edition of Ask The Coach, where we answer all of your fitness, nutrition, and healthy living questions! For details on how to submit your question to us for a future Ask the Coach blog post please see the bottom of this post.
Let’s get this holiday party started with the opening question!
Is it a healthy to eat high fat and low carb?
Great question, Nancy, and I reply a resounding absolutely! Especially if you are looking to lose fat, provided you are eating less calories than you burn each day. High fat/low carb diets are also very useful for those looking to stay lean as well.
That leads me to the title of this blog post. Perhaps the most important (and often overlooked) macronutrient to keep in mind in this equation is protein. Protein helps us build and preserve lean muscle which is especially important as we get older and if are looking to increase muscle mass. Protein also increases our ability to burn calories, due to the higher thermogenic effect it has…in other words: your body burns more calories breaking down protein than it does for carbs and fats. So if you are low in your protein and want a boost to your calorie burn, raise your hand and raise your protein intake. Generally, I recommend eating at least 1-2 palm sizes (1 for females, 2 for males) of protein at each meal. Some great protein options are listed below:
- beef, wild game, lamb, poultry, seafood, eggs
- cottage cheese or greek yogurt (unsweetened)
- whey protein powder (high quality chocolate and vanilla options)
- beans, peas, legumes, tofu, tempeh
- vegan protein powder (high quality chocolate and vanilla options)
If you would like to know more about healthy recommendations for carbs and fats, I encourage you to check out our online coaching program, specifically designed to educate you or how to eat, live and move better in a sustainable way. Our program launches in January 2017 and space is limited, click here to register now for our presale list where you’ll be notified 24 hours prior to everyone else and save money on the enrollment price.
I hope this has been helpful for you! Happy Holidays, Nancy! Thanks for your question! If you have any more questions, please leave them in the comments below.
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Live in health and joy!