With all of the available supplements out there today one of the more common ones is protein powder. Many wonder if this supplement can aid in weight loss. This article will share some tips on how to effectively use protein powder for weight loss.
The first thing I would like to mention is that protein powder is much superior to protein bars. Protein bars are hardly more than candy in disguise and are loaded with sugar. Not only that, they are a lot more expensive!
You might be surprised but gram for gram, protein powder can actually be cheaper than protein foods. However, we shouldn’t rely totally on supplements. I will explain.
Your body wasn’t meant to be constantly processing liquid. It will do a lot better with solid food and there is also a factor called the thermic effect that comes into play. The thermic effect is the energy that is required to digest solid foods.
The more work that is required for digestion the more calories your body will burn while digesting the food. Of all the macronutrients protein has the highest thermic effect. Therefore it is also beneficial to be eating solid protein foods.
This supplement should be used mostly for convenience. This is true regarding all supplements. If you are pressed for time or you hate to cook so much protein powder can be a great help. I know it helps me!
There are many brands you can buy but I would recommend a good whey protein powder. Whey is easily digested by the body. You can also mix your powder with water or milk. Whatever is best for you.
The days of mixing it in the blender are gone. Most protein powder is now designed to easily mix inside a shaker cup. This makes getting your protein even faster. The only time a blender is handy is when you are adding other ingredients such as bananas.
You can even add protein powder to things like hot oatmeal. I know it might not sound appealing but I have tried it myself and find it tastes pretty good. It is a good way to get your carbohydrates and protein in at the same time.
Protein shakes are also great to drink after your workout. Your body is really craving nutrients after an intense workout so a protein shake will really help with that. It will also transfer the amino acids to your muscles for repair.
Your post workout shake can also be taken with a quick digesting carbohydrate so that it will be absorbed quickly into your system. Fat is a bad idea at this time because it will actually slow down the digestion process.
As you can see there are many benefits of protein powder for weight loss. You just need to know when and how to take it. Always remember that supplements are meant to supplement the diet. That is why they are called supplements!
Protein powder can help you if you have a sweet tooth. I really love the chocolate flavor and there are many creative things you can do with it. Enjoy!
Source by Randy McLean