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Plant Versus Animal-Based Protein: Impact on Weight Loss, Disease Prevention, and Performance

protein Feb 05, 2020

Note: Reshape Physical Therapy and Wellness evolved into Weight Loss for Health, and finally Zivli. How to Lose Weight After 50 was our first course that eventually grew into Zivli. Some old blog posts or resources mentioned in this episode may have been removed. 

In today’s episode I’m talking about the main differences between eating protein that comes from plants like soy products, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds, versus protein that comes from animal products like beef, chicken, pork, dairy, eggs, and the like. 

During this episode I’ll frequently talk about a very popular documentary called The Game Changers. As the name entails, the documentary has a bend towards elite athletes and the performance and recovery benefits of reducing animal products. While we aren’t all incredibly conditioned athletes, we can still reap the benefits of eating more plants. 

Along with advocating that you go and watch this documentary, I’ll be highlighting some of the main differences between animal and plant-based protein sources regarding inflammation, recovery time, fat mass, and blood flow. 


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Highlights From This Episode

[05:30] First, I want to give you a simple framework for thinking about food and determining if a food is generally good for you. Protein is one of the three macronutrients, or major nutrients that your body gets from food. The other two are fat and carbohydrates. I teach my clients and course members to forget about the traditional food groups and teach them about macronutrients. Nutrition and making healthy food choices to fuel your body properly becomes a lot easier when you think of food in terms of a few simple questions

[07:17] Moving onto my second point, I’ll highlight some of the main differences between animal and plant proteins. Specifically I’m going to talk about the protein package, or what else comes in the food besides just protein and how these additional substances can enhance or hinder performance, recovery, blood flow, and inflammation.

[12:22] The last point I wanted to discuss today was how I’ve taken this information and changed my lifestyle. I’m not after perfection, just progress. I hope you find these tips helpful to start incorporating more plants into your diet. Remember that I’ve put links to many of these food items in the freebie that goes along with this episode.

[15:25] This week I have two action items for you. The first is to go and watch the Game Changers documentary. Don’t feel like you need to overhaul your whole diet me you will want to do that. Instead, just look at the 60-90 minutes that you watch that show as an informational time where you are educating yourself. Go into it with an open mind and give yourself permission to “take it or leave it” at the end. 


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Resources From This Episode

>> Join Zivli

>> Episode Freebie: Calculate Your Protein Needs PLUS 5 of My Favorite Plant-Based Recipes

>> The Game Changers Documentary 

>> The Game Changers - Protein Package Explanation

>> Episode 5. Eat More of THIS to Reduce Loss of Lean Muscle When Losing Weight