Weight Loss protein-shakes

Published on June 8th, 2012 | by No Artificial

Quick Weight Loss with Protein Shakes

Protein shakes are not only a good sources of protein while dieting, but they also provide the nutrients the body needs to keep the energy level up and the blood sugar stabilized.

It is very important that blood sugar levels are kept within normal limits especially during weight loss programs. When the blood sugar drops, people get cravings for sweets and starchy carbohydrates, such as bread, pasta or potatoes to get their energy levels up.

When you eat any form of carbohydrates your body breaks them down into glucose, causing the blood glucose levels to rise. As your blood sugar levels raise, your body needs more insulin to carry the sugar from the blood. If you are deficient in insulin or your cells are resistant, excess sugar can be converted into fat and get stored in fat cells.

Replacing one or two meals, for example breakfast and lunch, with protein shakes may help you reduce your daily calories intake and control the appetite which can help you lose unwanted weight.
Shakes vary by calories, protein content, sweetener and additional nutrients that may help with absorption. In order to determine the amount of calories in your shake, you must decide how many calories you need daily.
The protein diet shake that is a meal replacement should be somewhere between 300 and 500 calories. Shakes are available in powder and ready-to-drink form. Protein powders contain proteins from whey or soy. Both products are comparatively low in calories and fat, making them ideal for weight loss. A normal 30-g scoop of whey protein powder has about 110 calories, 2 g fat, 1 g carbohydrates and 23 g protein. The same amount of soy protein isolate has a similar calorie count, 1.5 g fat, no carbohydrates and 25 g protein. Some people prefer whey protein, derived from milk, while those with allergic reactions or intolerances opt for soy proteins. The average adult needs 1 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight per day.

To make a protein shake, you can simply mix one scoop of the powder with 1 cup of milk or water. To add more to the protein shake you can blend fresh fruits, dry fruits, nuts, etc. with it. Here are two delicious protein shakes recipes.

Strawberry Banana Shake with Flax Seed

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1 – 2 scoops organic whey protein powder
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes

Triple Berry Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 3/4 cup of soy milk
  • 1 – 2 scoops organic soy protein powder
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes

Blend all the ingredients and enjoy!

The information provided on noartificial.com is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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