Con. None of them taste good, because powdered protein tastes like chalk. So you have to load them up with something that makes it taste good. There's a lot of stuff in most of them that's much worse for you than extra weight. You can avoid this by making your own -- you can buy a good protein concentrate powder (remember, isolates are what are in most protein shakes and bars and they don't work and can be bad for you) in a good health food store and you can mix it with a good quality and low sugar soy milk or almond milk if you can find one anymore -- most of the good ones have disappeared from store shelves, such as Edensoy original) and a banana and it will taste really good. But then, of course, high protein diets don't lead to long-term weight loss and aren't all that good for you, so then you have that problem. Most people on a high protein diet has a limit to how much they're going to eat, and so they substitute the protein for healthier antioxidant rich veggies and fruits. You really can't win long-term with weird eating habits. Studies consistently show this. Long-term, what still works is more burning of energy and eating a healthful balanced diet rich in antioxidants and plant foods with proper portions.
I use protein powder (and unsweetened almond milk, and a banana thrown in -- I feel like Paxiled is on the same wavelength as me) as a recovery drink after running most days, and I've noticed my legs recover much, much faster than they used to when I didn't take in some form of protein after working out. I also try to consume food that has protein in it later in the day at least a few days a week (I don't eat mammals, so it is usually fish or chicken). I don't think I can eat nearly enough meat, eggs, milk products, etc. to make up for my protein needs, especially on days like today when I do a very long run (18 miles), so the protein powder helps make up the difference. I am usually way under 20% of my calories coming from protein, and I'd prefer to not just "eat more meat" to get more protein, so the powder helps (I use whey or plant based protein powders).
I don't think muscle milk is inherently "bad", but I've noticed that when I buy any premixed protein shakes, it usually has twice the amount of calories as using powder (30 g protein for 120 calories vs. 20-30 g protein for 240 calories), those extra calories are almost always added sugar, and that is not necessarily great to be drinking. If you are trying to "bulk", those extra calories might be fine, but they are a waste on me and I avoid premixed protein shakes.
As for drinking a shake in the morning, a shake for lunch, and then eating a sensible dinner - wasn't this a big thing in the '80s and '90s with SlimFast? There is a reason other diets are much more popular today, and that is because a shake for two of the three major meals of the day is just not sustainable for most people. I'm a big fan of making very small changes to your diet that can be maintained in the long term to lose weight. It might take a lot longer to do, but I found it easier to stay on track.
Good luck, and I hope you can find something that works for you. I like the fruit smoothie with protein powder mixed in idea - especially if you are not a big breakfast person to begin with. I mix my protein powder up in a small blender, today I threw in some peanut butter, almond milk, and we were out of bananas so I put in a handful of spinach.
I have to agree with everyone... although you might lose weight to begin with, shakes just don't cut it for anything long term because it's not anything that can be sustained for any length of time. Most things that are "faddy" or promise quick results aren't anything that can be maintained long term so even if they produce immediate results, most of the time, weight will be regained once that particular diet is stopped, unless healthy eating and exercise habits are implemented while on the diet.
I read an article again yesterday that says the Mediterranean Diet is still the one being recommended as healthiest and best for weight loss.
I tried doing a diet that consisted of slim fast shake in the morning and for lunch, then 'regular' food for dinner. I only lasted 2 months on that, and by the end, I was actually feeling really bad. Plus, I found having a shake for lunch was awful! I wanted actual food, not a shake! Once I stopped using slim fast and just adjusted what I was eating, I felt so much better.
I do use protein power mixed with some unsweetened almond or cashew milk after my workouts. The protein powder I am using only has 160 calories and 2g of sugar.
Fasting...can't beat it. It's good for you, medical research shows that, and, you learn good eating habits. I've used the 5-2 diet successfully. Read Dr Michael Mosley's book. Library should have it.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), dietary supplements are products that contain a dietary ingredient, such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and herbs
In this case, protein shakes provide amino acids, also known as the building blocks of proteins.
Dietary supplements come in many forms, from powders to capsules to liquids. While you may find ready-to-drink protein shakes in liquid form, you can also purchase protein supplements in powder form.
Many types of powdered protein supplements are available from either animal- or plant-based sources.
For instance, the most popular animal-based protein powders are whey and casein, both usually derived from cow’s milk. However, if you have a milk allergy, egg white protein may be a suitable choice.
As for popular plant-based proteins, you can take your pick from soy, pea, hemp, or rice protein.
Lastly, as their name implies, dietary supplements are meant to help you complete or enhance your diet.
Overall, protein shakes may come in handy when you don’t have high-quality protein sources available or simply can’t reach your daily protein needs through food alone.
Hi guys, I currently work out about 4/6 times a week. I get very sore muscles. Just wondering if people use protein powder or bars to help fill them and help muscle repair and if it has effected your weight loss? Thanks in advance!!
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I have used protein shakes a lot for muscle building and weight loss ya they can help they will boost your energy level help you recover fast but as you talk about taste they taste like worse food on planet so it's up to you that you can drink it or not.
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