3) INCREASE YOUR PROTEIN QUALITY (PROTEIN POWDERS NOT INCLUDED).
This means choosing minimally processed grass fed, organic, or wild proteins whenever possible. It also means, understanding that the protein quality of animals vs. plants is very different.
According to Dr. Ray Peat, PhD, “One thing that happens in the vegetable diet, heavily based on [the] cabbage family, or beans, lentils and nuts, these proteins, in quality, rank about 15 times lower than the highest quality protein. And so even though a person might think they’re eating nothing but protein rich foods, beans and nuts, their quality is so low that their liver simply can’t respond to the thyroid.”
And I’m sure you know how important thyroid function is to the metabolism and weight loss!
4) INCREASE YOUR INTAKE OF PROTEINS THAT HELP YOU EAT THE “WHOLE ANIMAL,” AS THEY ARE PRO-THYROID, PRO-METABOLIC AND HELP NOURISH THE LIVER.
When you’re thinking about protein intake, you want to think about eating a balance of proteins that mimic eating the whole animal. This means eating MORE of the proteins that are commonly left out of the standard American diet including bone broth, gelatin/collagen, liver, and other organs. Liver gets bonus points for being a top notch source of vitamin A, which also supports weight loss . Other great options are proteins where you eat the whole animal in one bite. Examples include certain kinds of fish (think sardines), shellfish, eggs, and dairy products (which are also therapeutic if you tolerate them).
But why the whole animal? Your body needs a certain balance of amino acids (building blocks of protein) to support bodily functions, particularly your liver and detoxification. The balance you need is achieved when you eat “the whole animal” and ALL of its’ parts. When you eat just “muscle meats” regularly, be it- chicken, pork, beef, lamb, etc., it tends to create an amino acid balance that favors inflammation, and starves your liver! Most people eating a standard American diet would greatly benefit from a more balanced protein consumption. The easiest way to achieve this is to restrict muscle meats while you increase the amount of anti-inflammatory ‘whole animal’ proteins in your diet.
Although people in the northern countries aren’t normally protein-starved, they do tend to get a large part of their protein from the muscle meats. In traditional cultures, all parts of the food animals were eaten–chicken feet, heads, and necks, animals’ ears and eyeballs, etc.–and so the amino acid balance was favorable for maintaining a high metabolic rate and preventing stress.” -Dr. Ray Peat, PhD
5) BE CONSISTENT WITH YOUR PROTEIN INTAKE (THIS MEANS YOUR OVERALL FOOD AND NUTRIENT INTAKE TOO).
This last point is the hardest for everyone. After years of dieting, stress, and general life, it’s so easy to get in the habit of putting yourself on the back burner. Once you’ve gotten into the habit of skipping meals, eating empty foods, or living a hectic life on the go, it’s hard to get back in a groove of regular eating. However, consistency really is the secret to results. What you put in your body 3-6 times a day, 365 days per year has a HUGE impact on your body (and your waistline)! So don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Previous Page