I'm trying to lose weight and tone up. Do shakes or protein actually do anything? I don't like the gritty texture in drinks when I use protein. Any suggestions?
Rice University recommends regularly strength training and upping your daily protein intake by 0.2 to 0.4 grams per pound of body weight per day if your objective is gaining lean muscle. Retaining muscle mass and getting an adequate amount of protein is particularly important for women as they age and their risks of osteoporosis and joint problems increase. If you strength train and eat protein daily, you don't need shakes to retain or gain muscle. However, if you don't eat many protein-rich foods, drinking an occasional shake can help you get enough of the nutrient.
Using a protein shake as an occasional meal replacement may help you lose more weight and fat than you would by following a reduced-calorie diet. According to the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,” high-quality proteins are more satiating than either carbohydrates or fats, and they may have the ability to improve the body’s metabolism. Additionally, a study that appeared in the journal “Nutrition & Metabolism” in 2008 stated that obese women and men lost more fat when they drank two protein shake meal replacements per day and followed a low-calorie diet. Subjects who adhered to the diet without the shakes lost less total body fat and more lean muscle mass. The study did not take nutrient deficiencies or diet balance into account, however. Unless you have approval from your doctor, do not replace more than one meal daily with a protein shake.
Homemade shakes and even commercially sold shakes that are made from fresh fruits, vegetables and natural proteins deliver essential vitamins and minerals without sacrificing taste. Protein from shakes or food is classified as an essential nutrient, meaning it performs tasks that are necessary for your body's daily functioning. For example, the USDA states that proteins build and repair skin, blood, bones, muscles and cartilage.
Protein shakes can be healthy additions to many women’s diets, but they’re not for everyone. If you get enough protein by eating whole foods, you don’t need to supplement with shakes -- especially shakes that are high in sugar or artificial ingredients. Getting too much protein can actually be dangerous, as Mayo Clinic dietitian Katherine Zeratsky notes that it may increase your risk of heart and kidney problems, diverticulitis and nutrient deficiencies. Adding protein to your diet will also add calories, which may lead to long-term weight gain. Before you include shakes in your regular diet, check with your doctor.
I just bought an all vegan protein shake as I find the other ones upset my stomach... I mix it with a frozen smoothie mix, tastes great and low in sugar.. I'll have it for breakfast.
I may have to try that. I got shakeology and it's been upsetting my stomach too.
Been having one every morning for a week, feel amazing so much more energy... It's made by leanfit naturals, complete green protein.
Yes! Loads of protein will build muscle which will burn fat. Go to gnc and get a tub of their lean shake 25 and a blender bottle. Put in 5oz skim milk and 5oz water and a scoop of the powder. Mixes up great and the milk will make it more like an actual shake :D