So what’s all the hype about protein shakes? You’ve probably seen the television commercials – Dan Marino saying how he lost 22 pounds with Nutrisystem – a popular meal replacement program. Ok, so what’s does this have to do with protein shakes? Well, one component of most meal replacement programs is protein shakes.
The idea with meal replacement is to replace a solid meal with a meal replacement like a shake, oatmeal, chili or energy bar. Whenever it is time for one of your regular meals you would eat a meal replacement meal when it is time for a meal.
What’s a protein shake and what’s so special about it?
A protein shake is usually a low calorie soy based shake with a high amount of protein – about 10-15 grams on average. They are a quick and tasty way to get a high-quality source of protein without a lot of extra fat or carbohydrates. They are easier to prepare and more convenient than a chicken breast. Perfect for anyone on the go or stretched thin for time.
How is a simple shake going to keep me full or even fill me up for that matter?
Numerous studies have shown that eating foods with protein fills you up more than foods with high fat content. You aren’t going to stay full all day; you’ll stay full for about 2-3 hours and then you’ll be hungry again. This is when you drink another shake. You’ll be eating 5 times a day, always keeping your metabolism active instead of starving it and prevent you from overeating. If you’re full all throughout the day, you won’t feel the need to eat or overeat.
So when you use a protein shake as a meal replacement you will lose weight.
They are healthy and are much better for you than a chocolate bar from the vending machine.
And if you’re like me and you like to eat late at nite, a protein shake is a great way to avoid snacking on high fat and high sugar foods, late in the evening.
And also if you’re like me you want to eat some solid foods now and then, like a nice juicy T-bone steak with a delicious sweet potato smothered in cinnamon butter…mmmmm, then you may not want to eat protein shakes for the rest of your life. And that’s ok. The beauty of it is is that you cannot be on protein shakes for the rest of your life.
Kind of weird me telling you about all the benefits of protein shakes and then telling you you don’t have to take them? Let me explain. You use them to get down to your ideal weight and then once you’ve developed the healthy eating habits of a meal replacement program then you’ll be ready to keep those healthy habits in place and go onto a weight management program which helps you keep that weight off.
So you go on a meal replacement program for a month on two depending on how much weight you want to lose and then you just have to manage that weight. You can lose anywhere from 10 to 20 pounds a month, about 2-5 pounds a week, with meal replacements. This allows you to lose weight quickly and safely without diet pills or risky obesity surgery. And it starts with a simple protein shake. Get started today!