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Is a High Protein Diet Right for You?

Losing weight is never an easy task, especially in the Chicagoland area because of our long, cold and snowy winters. Being cooped up in the house has everyone craving comfort food. But if you're trying to get pregnant, you probably know that maintaining a healthy body weight can improve your chances of success. Is there anything that can help with these cravings for starchy foods that don't support you on your pathway to pregnancy?lose-weight-to-get-pregnant-300x256-10.jpg

There is: a high protein, low carbohydrate diet helps.

Why Cutting Carbs Works

Your body has three sources of energy – carbohydrates, proteins and fats. When you eat foods that are high in carbohydrates, your pancreas begins to produce insulin to combat the sugar that has entered your system. Your pancreas doesn’t know when it’s produced enough insulin to combat all of the sugar in your body, so it continues to produce insulin. This leads to cravings for sugary snacks as your body is trying to balance the sugar and insulin.

Reducing carbohydrates, especially processed carbohydrates like white flour and white sugar, shuts down the pancreas and forces the body to find another energy source. A high-protein diet that’s low in fat allows the body to break down the stored fat as its primary source of energy.

Where You'll Lose Weight

We store our fat in our chest, waist, hips, upper arms and upper thighs. As we begin using our stored fat as our primary source of energy you’ll begin to see inches being lost in those specific areas.

Again, it’s not an easy task to lose weight, especially when nothing else in your life changes – home eating habits, work eating habits, friends' eating habits. It’s you, and you alone who has to make a lifestyle change. Realize that as life goes on, quality of life is just as important as quantity.

The Ideal Protein Diet is an excellent way to lose weight. It is a meal replacement program where we provide you with your breakfast and lunch + snacks. For dinner we recommend 8 ounces of meat and your fill of vegetables. It limits the use of carbohydrates and encourages the use of a high protein diet — your key to weight loss!

Ideal Protein Diet

Todd Mensik

Todd Mensik

Todd Mensik is the Practice Representative at InVia Fertility. He is passionate about making sure that the overall experience of each and every patient exceeds expectations. He also works with the referring physician to ensure that the transition into our office is seamless.

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