High-Protein Diets For Weight Loss Essay

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High Protein Diets for Weight Loss

The Role of Dieting in Society Today

The preoccupation of modern society with appearance is reflected in part by the preponderance of Americans who engage in dieting behaviors. Despite the nutritional and fitness literature which pervades society today, 33% of the American population continues to be overweight (Bates, 1997). The USDA recommendation for a low-fat, high-complex-carbohydrate diet over the years has seemingly not been effective, since the proportion of overweight Americans has increased. Many frustrated Americans have in turn looked beyond the high-carb, low fat diet to other less conventional measures (http.//web.usatoday.com/life/health/lhs641.htm). Dietary fads have sprouted
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Popular Examples of High-Protein Diets

The Zone diet, as described in The Zone by Barry Sears, Ph.D. is an example of a "protein-adequate diet" (http://web.usatoday.com/life/health/lhs641.htm). Small meals of fruits, vegetables, monounsaturated fats, and low-fat proteins are advised to be eaten throughout the day. Sources of total calorie composition outlined by this dietary plan is as follows: 40% carbohydrate, 30% fat, 30% protein. The amount of fat is dictated by the amount of protein consumed at each meal. The role of fat in this diet plan is described by Dr. Sears as follows: slows the rate of carbohydrate entry into bloodstream which reduces insulin response, releases hormone (CCK) from stomach to tell brain to stop eating, and supplies the building blocks (essential fatty acids) for eicosanoids (http://www.users.cts.com/crash/d/dbrowndc/zonefaq.htm#Unfavorable). Therefore according to this perspective, in order for the body to burn fat and weight loss to occur, insulin must be maintained within a prescribed zone (Kirby, 1997).

This high-protein diet is depicted as a life-long hormonal control program which allows a person to maximize full genetic potential. The zone diet allows a person to eat as if they were already at their ideal percentage of body fat because stored calories are being hormonally released. The advertised effects of this dietary plan on the body include: burns fat, fights heart disease, diabetes, PMS, chronic
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