Let’s face it, if there’s a weight-loss fad that promises to get you trim without much work, all of us will stop to check it out. The same holds true about drinking protein shakes. Many say it’s helpful for losing weight, but bodybuilders also drink the shakes to build muscles. No one (except a bodybuilder) wants to look that muscled, so we clear up the myths about protein shakes and what they can (and can’t) do for you.
What protein shakes won’t do
First, let’s clear up the misconceptions about protein shakes. They won’t make you bulk up like those lady bodybuilders, or male ones, for that matter. What you see there is a combination of discipline and effort that took years in the making. Plus, the body breaks down protein and uses it, stores it in fat cells, or dumps it, but doesn’t store it in the muscle tissue.
Protein shakes also won’t make you fat. Yes, these shakes contain calories, and drinking too many will eventually add pounds. But that applies to all sources of protein. The key is to seek low-fat sources and consume them in moderation.
What protein shakes will do
Now for the “pros” in protein shakes: consuming protein helps you to feel fuller, longer. Carbs come with a crash that’s the result of a quick spike in blood sugar, but since protein doesn’t have this, your energy lasts longer and your metabolism keeps moving too. That’s why having a shake for breakfast is a lot better than a muffin. Having one for lunch is a great way to have a light, healthy meal at the office .
Finally, the most important thing to know about protein shakes is that they provide the body with a lot of nutrients your body needs. Better than a sugary coffee drink, or any fast-food meal, a protein shake gives your body the vitamins and minerals it needs to help build and repair muscles, cartilage, blood, skin, and bones.
Make no mistake, it is difficult to eat healthy all the time. And frankly, sometimes a slice of pie sounds like the best comfort food possible.
But if you’re always on the lookout for the next big weight-loss secret, why not make a subtle, healthy lifestyle choice and begin drinking protein shakes as part of your new food routine? You’ll get help to control your weight, and maintain a healthy body, all served with something tasty.