As a professional health coach concerned with the health and well-being of my clients it is my intention to improve your well-being and longevity by using the principles of nutrition, fitness, diet, lifestyle dynamics, and anti-aging medicine.
Together you and I will work as a team to accomplish all of your health needs and to ensure that you practice prevention and live your life through the lens of quality.
Remember….your quality of life is the measurement of successful living regardless of your age.
Dr. Kevin. J. McLaughlin
Clinical Director: The Vitality Project
There are many different types of diets out there and they all seem to do the same thing. They all purport to be the salvation for weight loss and management. I have decided to list five negative associations to a diet composed of high amounts of animal protein.
1. Body weight and waist circumference
Researchers have found that people who consume diets that contain high amounts of animal protein relative to carbohydrates such as vegetables, whole grains and fruit tend to be heavier and have larger waists. Why is that the case?
People who eat a diet high in animal protein tend to eat a lot more saturated fat, which has been shown to influence insulin secretion in the same manner that sugar does. The consumption of high amounts of saturated fat leads to insulin resistance and higher levels of inflammation which actually encourages fat accumulation in the fat cells.
The consumption of a high protein diet mostly composed of animal protein sources can be very problematic in people who have metabolic syndrome or type-2 diabetes. Metabolic syndrome is a condition of increasing levels of insulin resistance which can precede the diagnosis of diabetes. If you have either of these conditions, the consumption of a high animal protein diet can cause kidney dysfunction. I say this because a lot of these patients are overweight and have been told to lose their excess weight fast. This type of diet can cause damage to your kidneys so I do not recommend anyone that fits this medical profile experiment with this type of diet.
3. Cancer Risk
Populations of people who eat more saturated fat from their high intake of animal protein have higher rates of cancer occurrence. The intake of saturated fat has previously been linked to cancers of the upper and lower digestive tract. High intakes of saturated fat cause an increased level of inflammation and free-radical generation. Over time, this can cause the sensitive cells, which line your digestive tract to become cancerous. In addition, these types of diets typically are also lower in fibre and anti-oxidant nutrients which can prevent this type of cancer from developing.
4. Cardiovascular Disease
It has been known for quite some time that the increased intakes of animal protein can lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. The saturated fat associated with the high protein diet increases blood levels of cholesterol, inflammation and blood clotting factors. In addition, diets high in animal protein also contain less fiber, antioxidant nutrients and good fats which guard against the formation of vascular disease.
5. Type of protein consumed
The consumption of higher amounts of protein can be a problem if your choices are poor. For instance, if you choose to eat protein sources primarily from the red meat category, your intake of saturated fat will be quite high. However, if you choose a better source of protein like white poultry, fish, low fat dairy and vegetable sources, your risk of diabetes actually will decrease despite the fact that you are consuming a high protein diet.