Protein, broken by the liver, is excreted in the form of urea as a waste product. In case there's any disease of the liver, then it's unable to properly break down foods rich in protein. Similarly, if the kidneys don't function in proper order, or if there's excess amounts of protein in the body, the kidneys may not be able to excrete the excess amount. The build up of uric acid leads to fatigue and losing appetite. And this is where a low-protein diet plan comes into play. If you consume less of protein rich foods, the liver and the kidneys would be able to metabolize them properly, thereby giving your body just enough protein it requires. The following paragraphs would give you the kind of foods you need to take during your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, besides a list of foods which are useful for your body and those foods which you should avoid.


As per health care professionals, the recommended protein intake, should be in the range of 40-60 grams every day for a healthy body. But having said that, the amount we consume is much higher than that and this may not be good for the liver and kidneys. To keep your body healthy, you need to consume foods which have a low protein content, and here is a low-protein diet plan which you can follow.

Breakfast - During breakfast, you can have half a cup of orange juice along with a banana and non-dairy creamer (½ cup). Along with that you can have cereal but they should be low in protein. While buying cereals, you can check the labels, and take a look at the amount of protein they contain.

Lunch - For lunch you can have an ounce of turkey breast (about 28 gm just enough to supplement the level of proteins required by the body), half a cup of tomato, couple of slices of white bread, lettuce, fruit punch, a medium-sized apple, mayonnaise (2 - 3 tbs) and beans (not more than ½ cup).

Snack - For evening snack, you can have an ice cream or a popsicle.

Dinner - While having dinner, you need to have white rice (½ or 1 cup), quarter of a cup of cauliflower and broccoli, not more than a couple of ounce of lean hamburger, salads and half a cup of pineapples. For salads you can have lettuce, chopped celery, cucumber and alfalfa sprouts. And instead of pineapples, you can use apples or water chestnuts as well.

Low-protein Foods List

Here is a list of foods which are low in proteins.
  • Raw papayas
  • Raw cucumber
  • Red, ripe tomatoes
  • Canned solid or liquid sauerkraut
  • Carrot juice
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Dried plums or prunes, but should be without added sugar
  • Canned pumpkin without salt
  • Sweet potato
  • Cooked, boiled or drained parsnips
  • Raw lettuce
  • Raw Blackberries
  • Boiled, cooked or frozen beans (without salt)
  • Cabbage
  • Boiled potatoes without skin
  • Blueberry pie
  • Whole grain, toasted bread
  • Oatmeal bread
  • Wheat, cracked-wheat and pita bread
  • Tortilla chips
  • Plain or frozen Waffles
Some of the high protein diets includes chicken, lean meats, beef, turkey, milk, nuts, fish, egg and egg whites.

Low-protein for Weight Loss

Protein is necessary for the body, but it's excess is bad. So even if you consume foods rich in protein, it should be in small portions. Proteins which come from animal based products like meat and eggs, are high in fat content and are not good if you are thinking of losing weight. High fat diets means more calories and more the amount of calories in the body, less the chance of weight loss. In short, you should not consume animal fat. If you want to lose weight, you need to consume foods rich in fiber, especially fruits and vegetables.

So all in all, you need to have a low-protein diet plan so that your liver and kidneys function normally. Whenever you are considering a diet plan, you should consult a professional as there may be certain foods to which you are allergic, and so, its best you avoid them.