Your pre-or-post-workout protein shake may taste great, but if you’re not careful, it could actually undo your efforts to lose weight and be healthy.
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The Pros Of Protein Shakes
PRO: For people who don’t have time to get their protein intake through food or want a quick recovery drink after a workout, protein shakes are a good alternative, according to nutritionist Keri Glassman, R.D.
What’s more, protein can aid in weight loss. Recent research published in the journal Cell found that digested proteins create a chain reaction in the digestive, nervous and circulatory systems that leave you feeling full hours after eating. That long-lasting satiety helps you eat less later on, which can mean a lower-or at least a steady-number on the scale.
While protein shakes can definitely benefit your body, there are some rules you need to follow to make sure your shake isn’t just setting you up for failure.
5 Protein Shake Rules You Should Always Follow
Make Sure There’s Enough Protein In It. Is what you’re drinking actually a protein shake? elebrity dietician Ashley Koff, R.D. That means one with healthy and adequate sources of this important nutrient. “Make sure you’re not compromising on quality, so look at what the source of protein is,” suggests Koff.
Make Sure You’re Using The Right Kinds Of Protein. It’s best to rely on whole food sources of protein whenever possible versus highly-processed forms. Organic soybeans, whole pea, sprouted quinoa, hemp, sprouted brown rice and egg whites are all excellent, healthy protein sources for your shake.
Make Sure You’re Not Using Too Much Protein. When it comes to the amount of protein