When you are a mesomorph...?

February 27, 2009 8:02am CST
would a diet lacking in protein inhibit effective weight loss?
3 responses
2 Mar 09
When you think about the fact that our BMR is contributed to significantly by our muscle mass, it is understandable that weight loss especially fat loss is more difficult to achieve on a protein poor diet
• Philippines
3 Mar 09
That is a very good point!
@tdavis (117)
• United States
28 Feb 09
A recent harvard School of Public health publication studied diets based on reduced carbs, fats and proteins. Their conclusion was that you would lose weight on any of the diets, but the greatest loss was when a diet was combined with counseling, people lost 22 lbs as compaired to 9 lbs. Additionally, a study that Harvard had conducted in 2006, showed that basically the diet system did not matter as much, but that the quality of fats and carbs consumed was the key. Vegetable based carbs and fats were of a higher quality. A doctor involved in the study also stated, that most people can not maintain a healthy diet over an expanded period of time, and that usually after about a year, study subjects began regaining the weight they had lost. Now back to your original question, yes you would lose weight, but without proteins, the building blocks for our bodies and the best source of energy. The body would result in breaking down muscle to use the protein to continue the bodies functions. The hardest thing with diets is to get the right balance of what your body needs, carbs, fats,and proteins without sending the body into starvation mode where your metabolism slows down to conserve fuel, and your body canabolises itself for protein. My personal belief is in making small healthy changes to your diet and exercise, that you can continue for a life time, that will result in a healthier, happier and longer life.
• Philippines
3 Mar 09
Thank you for the very informative response! I learned a lot!
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
27 Feb 09
No particular diet will cause you to lose or not lose in any particular part of your body.