Will Protein Shakes Help Me Lose Weight? Nope, and Here’s Why...Before starting with Beachbody, i knew NOTHING about nutrition. I ate horribly. Any commercial that talked about helping with weightless i would try. I really was not someone to do research and see what I was putting in my body. I have had my share of protein shakes...and my misconception along with ALOT of people is that protein shakes will help you lose weight.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that protein shakes are what you should consume if you’re trying to lose weight. Often times when I talk to people about Shakeology, a COMPLETE nutrition shake created by Beachbody, they’ll say to me “I already drink a protein shake.”
Who are Protein Shakes Good for?
Protein shakes certainly can play an important role when it comes to muscle building. Protein plays a critical role in our bodies. In fact, it’s an important component of every cell in our body. Protein helps build & repair tissues. Our bodies need protein in order to build enzymes, hormones, cartilage, blood, skin, etc. You can find protein every day in whole food sources such as meats (ideally lean meats), legumes, dairy (think cottage cheese, greek yogurt), eggs, etc.
Most of us get all the protein we need through these sources—most of us are NOT protein deficient. Many of us are actually nutrient deficient. But, we will save that for another blog ;-)
How Much Protein Should Your Diet Contain?
According to WebMD, adult women need approximately 46 grams of protein daily, while adult men need 56 grams per day.
RECOMMENDED PROTEIN CONSUMPTION BY AGE:
School-Age Kids: 19-34g
Teenage Boys: 52g
Teenage Girls: 46g
Pregnant or Breastfeeding: 71g
What happens if your diet is too protein rich?
The National Academy of Science warns that, at least 10%, but no more than 35%, of your daily calories should come from protein. That’s right, there is risk in consuming too much protein. Unlike carbs and fats, the body does not have a way to store protein. Therefore, if you eat too much protein it can be converted to either glucose (sugars) or adipose tissue (fat).
So, Who Might Need the Extra Protein?
The chronically ill. A lot of chronically ill patients who are protein deficient, drink a protein shake daily to attempt to meet their daily protein needs. Chronic illness can result in either elevated or decreased levels of plasma protein in the body, which indicates the amount of protein in your blood, namely albumin and globulin. Albumin plays an important role in providing amino acids for your body’s tissues. Globulin, which helps to support the immune system, plays a role in blood clotting and other vital systems.
So, a protein shake may be beneficial to this population. If you are concerned about your health and plasma protein levels and/or you have a chronic illness, please follow up with a medical professional.
What about people wanting to build muscle quickly?
Protein shakes may be beneficial. But read labels carefully.
Avoid artificial sweeteners and preservatives, and find a product that is “clean.” Many of the top selling protein powders on Amazon contain harmful ingredients including carrageenan which some studies have linked to intestinal cancer in lab animals.
Bottom line, if your goal is to lose weight, tone up, and get fit, a protein shake is not going to help. What is the solution then? A well-balanced diet that contains lean proteins, simple carbs, good fats, and exercise. And that’s exactly why I am here: to help you do it the right way.
If you're looking for a shake that can help aid in weight loss, avoid protein shakes and check out my information page on Shakeology.
Remember, Protein Shakes do NOT = Meal ReplacementsWhat was the biggest mistakes I made when I was drinking protein shakes? I equated a protein shake to a meal replacement shake. They are absolutely not the same thing! Our bodies are amazing and they need fuel to function correctly. Make sure you are fueling that body!
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