So how does whey protein help in weight loss? First, let’s understand what protein does to our body and why you need whey protein, especially if you are on a weight loss regime.
Protein is an essential part of our diet. Protein is part of every cell in the body. It makes up the building blocks for our hormones and neurotransmitters. It is needed for muscle health, muscle growth and recovery. A diet lacking in protein will result in illness and breakdown of the body.
Protein breaks down through the process of digestion into amino acids. Without sufficient amino acids the body cannot repair and build muscle.
There are a total of 20 amino acids. 12 of the amino acids can be made from carbohydrates, fats and other acids in your body. The other 8 amino acids are known as essential amino acids and you MUST get them from the food you eat – your body can’t make them. All of the essential amino acids that the body needs can be found in whey protein.
One of the best ways of ensuring you’ll reach your health and fitness goals is to eat enough protein. Replace those high calorie, high fat meals that you have on the run with a healthy shake or smoothie for breakfast or lunch. Whey protein is the easiest and most effective way of doing this, which contains absolutely zero fat and carbohydrates.
Whey is one of the two major proteins found in milk (casein is the other) and is isolated from milk as a by-product in the production of cheese and casein. Pure whey contains a large amount of the milk sugar lactose, as well as a variety of proteins, fat and cholesterol.
A high quality whey protein is low in fat and lactose.
Your body weight is controlled largely by your calorie intake, not protein. If you are on a low calorie diet for longer time you will lose weight because you will be using more energy than you are taking in. Eventually, you will be only starving yourself slowing down your body’s metabolism, leaving you feeling tired and lethargic. This is not good, because even if you can stick to a very low calorie diet and lose weight, you will feel rough and you will end up with a ‘skinny fat’ appearance.
If you want long term, progressive weight loss, with an improved physique, better health and more energy, include whey protein in your diet. Whey protein makes you feel full after drinking it. It gives you the necessary energy in order to do your regular activities. This way, you won’t feel weak and famished while trying to follow your weight loss regimen.
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