The Power of Protein

Eating healthy is essential, but finding the right kinds of healthy foods can be difficult. Over the coming weeks, Donald Cundiff, MD, board-certified obesity physician at Firelands Center for Coordinated Care, will guide you into healthier eating habits. 

At Firelands Center for Coordinated Care, I treat both weight issues and diabetes. I have been specializing in medical weight loss for over nine years and am passionate about helping people find their healthy weight. My weight management approach focuses on treating obesity as a disease that needs specialized care, just like any other health condition. I will try to outline the basic principles of nutrition and healthy lifestyle change to help treat and prevent disease and weight management. Let's begin with protein.

Why is Protein Important for Weight loss?

Protein is an essential part of our diet; there are several amino acids that we cannot make, so we have to make sure we eat them. Protein fortunately also happens to be more filling than carbohydrates or fats per calorie.

Good sources of protein, especially for weight loss, could include:

  •  lean meats such as chicken or turkey
  •  eggs
  •  fish and seafood
  • occasional use of lean red meats and pork

Good dairy sources of lean protein include:

  • low-fat Greek yogurt
  • low-fat cottage cheese

If you include more lean protein with each meal, you should find that you naturally feel fuller on fewer calories; therefore, lean protein sources are an essential part of long-term weight loss and weight management. By lean protein, I mean it does not carry a lot of extra calories from fat or carbohydrates. There are many healthy fats and carbohydrates that we will talk about separately in the future. For now, we are going to follow our first rule for weight management - "protein with each meal and protein with each snack."

However in our talk next week I will try to sell you on vegetables! I hope you will keep reading!

For more information or to self-refer, visit the Weight Management and Nutrition Program website, or call 419-557-6556.