Protein shakes: Myth or magic for losing weight


Are protein shakes helping you lose weight? Many people believe that protein powder is a necessary supplement. Is it really that important?

Ask anyone who is remotely serious about their exercise and training about the post-workout protein shake and I am sure you will hear a long tirade about how important it is to help them reach their goals and lose weight.

Is that post-workout protein shake really helping you “make your gains” or lose weight?

Do you really risk losing your hard-earned muscle by not consuming it straight after your session? Are you jeopardising your recovery time, thus being unable to hit it hard in the gym the next day? Does extra protein help you lose the extra weight?

Why protein?

Why all the fuss surrounding this particular macronutrient? Why not an intense focus on post-workout carbohydrates or fat?

Protein is often referred to as the “building blocks of life.” It is made up of two types of amino acids; essential amino acids and non-essential.

Essential amino acids cannot be made by our body so we must eat them. Non-essential amino acids can be made by the body.

We use the protein to replace worn out cells, transports various substances throughout the body, and aid growth and repair.

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