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06 Feb 2004

LOW FAT DIET VERSUS HIGH PROTEIN DIET & EXERCISE
Hi Doc,

I have started going to the gym (do have a personal trainer) 3 times a week and so far, I can feel the results, that I am getting firmer. However, I am a high protein diet and not faring very well, as I am not a huge meat eater. What is the best diet with exercise - currently I am doing a whole body make over. I am not too concerned about weight loss - my main concern is to loose cm's and firm up all the wobbly bits. Please help!
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Jinx
The idea that you will build muscles by eating a very-high-protein diet is not based on scientific fact. People who do strenuous exercise and even body builders do not really need more than about 1-1,5g of protein per kg body weight. So if you weigh 50 kg, then you don't really need more than 75 g of protein a day - easily supplied by one 60g portion of meat or fish or an egg or cheese or milk and yoghurt or legumes (soya, beans, peas or lentils or vegetable protein). What you do need is plenty of carbs to provide you with the energy you need to sustain all that exercise. You can certainly increase your carbohydrate intake concentrating on carbs with a low Glycaemic Index (GI), because carbs are the best fuel for intensive exercise and they have a 'protein-sparing' effect. (Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The right Approach' and read the articles on the GI).
Keep up the good work
DietDoc
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