The protein sparing modified fast is designed to help people lose weight through losing fat because it is a low-calorie diet. At the beginning, those who participate in the diet must strictly limit their calorie intake.
After several months of limiting one’s calorie intake, the next step is to raise the calorie level to a normal level for a few months. This diet should be clinically supervised so that one will be able to get help in planning how many calories they should take per day.
People who limit calories, in the beginning, should only do it for six months as the maximum amount of time. Protein is reduced and calories added back to the diet in the refeeding phase. This diet has been used on obese patients with the help of healthcare professionals.
One of the benefits of the diet is that no muscle mass is lost and the metabolic rate is maintained. This means that most of the weight is lost from the fat tissue. It has been observed that men lose more weight than women when they use this diet.
People who have lost weight through this method should make sure that they meet their healthcare providers regularly during and after the diet. People who do not keep regular visits with their healthcare providers during and after the diet, normally gain back the weight. Additional benefits of PSMF are reduced blood pressure, improved blood sugar, healthy cholesterol, and reduced blood glucose levels.
People on this diet have to take potassium, calcium, sodium, and multivitamins to prevent the risks of electrolyte imbalances. To determine whether people need supplements, electrolyte levels must be tested on patients and their kidney functions checked to make sure that they are working well. With the PSMF diet, ketosis occurs because it is a low-calorie diet.
It is important for people who do this diet to consume a lot of fluids for the benefit of their body. The fluids that one consumes when on this diet will prevent kidney damage. In order to achieve successful results through this diet, people must be committed to lifestyle changes and dietary changes.
Healthcare providers may recommend a PSMF diet in order to reduce a patient’s risk to obesity-related complications during surgery. This happens for those patients who want to go through weight loss surgery. There are some side effects that one can get during this diet and this is why it’s important to go through the diet with the help of a healthcare provider.