Jan 3, 2012


Problems with Insufficient Protein 

I would like to discuss the primary problem with many vegetarian diets - the tendency toward insufficient protein intake. Without enough protein our skin cannot re-generate its collagen which gives it elasticity and youthfulness. The muscle tissues also rely on protein to stay developed and firm. As one ages there is a tendency to loose muscle mass. This process is known as sarcopenia. in addition to muscle mass most other organs require sufficient protein. People who do not get sufficient protein over a long enough period usually develop signs of premature aging and very poor health. You may have noticed some vegetarians looking more wrinkled up and saggy and older than the average non-vegetarian person of the same age group. This is because it can be very hard for vegetarians to get sufficient protein. Many people find vegetarian sources of protein such as legumes and beans hard to digest, making it difficult being a vegetarian. Some people resort to animal protein, or vegan and vegetarian diets tend to degenerate into diets with a high level of carbohydrates and sugar.

In addition to premature aging and ill health, in a protein deficient vegetarian diet, the excessive carbohydrates and sugars would over-stimulate the appetite to encourage overeating and snacking. This is because simple carbs and worst of all refined sugar cause appetite spikes by triggering the insulin hormone - the hormone responsible for fat storage. Thus vegetarians who eat too many simple carbohydrates may end up overweight or even obese. In the detailed information we provide about   weight loss, it is explained that unlike simple carbohydrates, protein and good oils have appetite suppressing effects due to being slower to digest, grounding and satisfying. Thus another serious diet mistake commonly made is to deprive oneself of sufficient amounts of good oils and fats. Low fat diets usually end up defeating their purpose by their inability to satisfy the hunger stimulus, leading to failure and frustration, resulting in more weight gain.