Your average bodybuilder probably consumes at least one protein drink among other protein based supplements every day. For some of us, this may be an exciting incentive to buy protein powders from companies like GNC. For others of us, this may be a bit daunting, our aim is to lose weight, not to become Arnold Schwarzenagger.
But no matter your weight goal, power smoothies may be the way to go. Especially if they are homemade, you have total control over what goes into them, and therefore what issue they may address. They can be packed with fiber, soy or whey protein, essential fats, yogurt, and other ingredients that will keep you full and energized for hours to come. This means over time, you will be consuming fewer calories, without starving yourself, and therefore you will be able to lose weight and not force your body to store fat in starvation mode.
The New York Obesity Research Center recently conducted a study on the use of GNC’s soy-based shakes to test this theory. Those using the shakes lost 3 times more weight than those consuming the same number of calories in regular foods. Likewise, those eating Kashi GoLean Meal Replacements over a 3 month period of time lost a significant amount more weight than those on a regular low calorie diet. Finally, Slim fast users lose twice as much weight over a 12 week period of time as those again on a traditional low calorie diet.
Whether you are looking to build more muscle or just lose weight, consuming a higher amount of protein provided by some specialty protein shakes at breakfast will contribute. Harvard University showed that 6 hours after breakfast, those who consumed a high carbohydrate breakfast found themselves fatigued and inefficient, whereas those who consumed a high protein meal were more efficient and experienced a higher rate of metabolism.
In short, if you want to lose weight, use meal replacement shakes. It will shrink the stomach, allow you not to starve yourself to lose weight, rev up the metabolic rate, and it is highly adjustable according to your personal needs, wants, or goals.
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2. *Harvard study: G.W. Thorn, J.T. Quinby and M. Clinton, Jr. “A Comparison of the Metabolic Effects of Isocaloric Meals of Varying Compositions with Special Reference
to the Prevention of Postprandial Hypoglycemic Symptoms,” Annals of Internal Medicine, XVIII 1943.