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Do Protein Shakes for Weight Loss Work?

Updated on September 25, 2013

Introduction to Protein Shakes

There are many different techniques used for weight lose nowadays, but proteins shakes are among the most popular. There are some that use the shakes as their sole method of weight loss, while others use the shakes to supplement the diet program they are following. The big question is how effective are the shakes and will they work for you?

Protein Powder Options
Protein Powder Options

What exactly are protein shakes?

The shakes are made from protein supplements that have been made into powder. They are most commonly used as a source of nutrient replenishment after a workout, helping the body repair itself after the strain of exercise. You can opt to mix the best protein powder with water, or go for more of a milkshake consistency by adding it to milk. For additional flavor, fruit is also added into the mix. There are a few different proteins to choose from, including soy or egg protein.

Using Protein Shakes To Lose Weight

Science is not on the side of protein shakes, as there is no solid evidence that they actually help when it comes to losing weight. That said, the companies that make protein shakes and the people who swear by them will readily attest to their efficacy. This shouldn’t really come as a surprise, especially since protein plays a major role in building muscle. If you have never tried to bulk up, you are probably unaware that muscle growth can help burn calories, even when you aren’t working out. The downside for most people is that the vast majority of today’s foods rely more on carbs and fat than they do on protein. Sticking to that kind of diet is more likely to lead to an increase in body fat and a decrease in the ability to build muscle.

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Adding Protein Shakes To Your Weight Loss Regimen

If you believe that protein shakes can help with your weight loss, you are likely going to have to replace a couple of meals per day with the shakes. The best way to achieve that is to break down your meals into 5 or 6 smaller ones per day. Think about ditching the greasy breakfast of bacon and eggs and replace it with a protein shake. If you exercise regularly, get in the habit of drinking a shake once you have completed your workout.

Use the Most Beneficial Protein Sources

What you need to remember is that you will need to deliver protein to your body in ways other than just through shakes. Like every nutrient that the body needs, the best source of protein comes from whole foods. Great sources of protein can be found in foods like poultry, fish, eggs, milk, beef, lamb, yogurt, soy, cheese and many more. If you are already on a diet that is rich in protein, you may not even need to use the shakes at all. You also need to remember that there is a lot more to losing weight than just regularly drinking protein shakes. In order to really shed that excess weight, you need to add a healthy balanced diet and exercise into your daily routine.

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