A client asked me the other day, “Do I need those pricey protein drinks for weight loss?” The answer is yes, no, and maybe. Would you have it any other way?
Let’s check out the ins and out of protein powder and see if it’s a diamond in the rough for you!
Protein Powder for Weight Loss
Why is protein powder good for weight loss? Protein is an essential part of any weight loss diet. It does a couple of really important things.
Keeping your belly full for a decent amount of time is one of proteins stellar qualities. Rebuilding and muscle growth are also part of proteins responsibilities.
When you use protein powder for weight loss you have a handy dandy ready to travel protein source at your disposal.
It’s All About the Money
Ok let’s dig in! Some protein shakes are more expensive than others. No you don’t need to buy the most expensive protein drinks. You can buy powders pretty reasonably from local shops or retailers online.
In my personal experience I have noticed that some of the more expensive drinks/powders taste better on their own. They are tasty and thick keeping my hunger satisfied longer than some of the cheaper counter parts I have encountered.
With that being said I will normally buy the cheaper powders and mix them with skim milk. This gets rid of the thin, watery, and hard to swallow consistency. The cheaper powders are also great in the blender with some ice and frozen fruit.
I have also bought some more expensive powders that were not so delicious on their own either. Its really a trial and error game. Some companies allow you to buy single serve packets and I think this is really the way to go if you are trying to find the right one for you. No one wants to be stuck with a giant container of protein powder they don’t like.
Protein Powder For The Occasion
You might also find that different protein powders suit better for different situations. For instance, I keep my pricey and delicious single serve packs for when I know I will only have access to water. Normally I measure out my cheaper powder throw it in a container along with a shaker cup of skim milk in a small cooler and I’m good to go. There are times when this isn’t an option so I prefer to have a tasty just add to water stand by ready to fill in.
What’s in it for Me?
So why should you buy protein powder anyways? It’s a great way to boost your protein intake and ensure you are getting a particular protein type or amino acid.
Whey protein powder is the easiest to find, high quality, and contains all of the essential amino acids. There are 3 types of whey varieties- whey protein powder, whey protein concentrate, and whey protein isolate. They all provide high levels of essential and branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), vitamins, and minerals. Whey isolate is lactose free.
Whey protein offers many health benefits such as increased muscle growth and strength when combined with weight training and bone growth. There is research that supports that the BCAAs (leucine, isoleucine, and valine) found in whey protein may enhance endurance and increased energy (American Dietetic Association, Dietitians of Canada, and American College of Sports Medicine, 2000).
Ok you know the benefits of protein powder let’s try a tasty recipe:
- ¾ cup skim milk
- 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
- .5 frozen banana(depending on your blender you may want to cut into chunks)
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
Calories; protein; grams carbs; grams fat will vary depending on the protein powder used.
Can’t stand protein powder or you think protein in the form of powder is some kind of wizardry? That’s cool, I promise. May I suggest you check out alternatives for protein powder to see if anything tickles your fancy over there?