http://www.fitatfiftysamantha.com/www.fitatfiftysamantha.comBeen trying to lose weight? Tone up? Fed up with that last bit of belly fat? You may be under the wrong impression that food and calories are the enemy. While there is truth to that there is a lot of wiggle room.
Here are some facts.
- Too many calories above what your body burns in a day is going to make you fat.
- The average couch potato burn at least 1000 calories a day at rest.
Wait? How are you not losing weight?? You are eating low calories, and exercising. Right? What gives?
Here is a bit of truth. Lean Protein builds lean bodies. Candy, bread, cakes, and sodas, even high fat salad dressings, build fat.
I am questioned regularly by family and weight loss clients, “Should you/I drink a protein shake if not working out?”
“Samantha, are you going to drink that protein shake when you didn’t workout?”
Oh my gosh yes. Drink a low carb, very low sugar protein drink. Caution: Skip the carbs even fruit and especially juice.
Not all foods are created equal. We know that. That’s why we stay away from sweets.
Some nutrients are better than others. We all know about vitamins in vegetables. However, vitamins are micronutrients. The body needs them in smaller quantities to do very specific jobs. Macronutrients are proteins, carbs, and fats that do the big work. Getting this right is the missing piece of the puzzle in many diets.
While people like to think of all food as fuel it is not as simple as that. It is NOT all just “gas in the tank.” It takes a variety of these nutrients for optimum running. However, you need to be running a higher octane food blend and not a bunch of random low (or high!!!) calorie trash.
For example. Fats are more like the oil in your car. Not gas. You don’t need as much. You use some everyday, but just a little. They keep your body’s hormones straight. They can also be used by the body as energy.
Carbs are energy. This is the fuel. Extra carbs and extra fat are stored as body fat.
Proteins, on the other hand, are building blocks. It is over simplistic to say calories in vs. calories out, or that food is fuel. You body is a living being, not a car. Proteins do the body repairs, the tissue and muscle building. The body breaks down the proteins in foods into amino acids. A car does not have these guys running around inside keeping the structure held up.
The problem with how most people apply an Adkins style, high protein, diet is that they do not take quality of the protein into consideration. Bacon, hotdogs, sausages, and the like, are not lean protein sources. You are getting more salt, fat and chemicals than your body needs. (Stored as fat in your body remember?) To top that off, they often disregard the healthy vitamins and fats in things like broccoli and avocados.
So, should you drink protein shakes?
The truth may be different that you have conditioned yourself to believe, but the summary is, that the protein shake, when made with water, is going to be what you should eat instead of fries, weight watchers ice cream, plain potatoes, rice, wheat breads, wraps, cakes, 100 calorie cookies, candy and other treats if you are not working out.
Should I drink protein when not working out? How is that a question? I have never heard anyone say, “Should I drink a milkshake when not working out?” A milkshake is monstrously more bad for you. A Wendy’s small frosty is 340 calories with 80 calories from fat, 56 grams of carb, and 46 grams of sugar. Compare that to a 130 calorie protein shake with 20 or more grams of protein, less than 2 grams of sugar, and only about 5 grams of carbs!
The good news, there are quite a few proteins that are tasty treats and almost as good as a milkshake as well. Look for one with a low carb or at least a very low sugar content and you can add it to your diet as a treat or snack instead of a meal replacement!!!
A great tasting vanilla protein, like Beast Sports Nutrition Protein, is very versatile.
- It can sweeten your smoothies.
- Tastes great on its own with just water.
- You can make it into a chocolate milkshake with a little unsweetened cocoa, ice chips and a blender.
- Make an awesome latte by mixing thick, (less than half the water called for) then add to strong iced black coffee and stir or shake in a shaker.
- Add cinnamon, nutmeg and even an egg yolk, or a small bit of (1/4 cup or less) pasteurized eggbeaters, for an amazing sugar free, low carb, eggnog!
- All while helping you get the nutrition you need without packing on empty calories of unused energy!
The best skinny drink ever! Just remember, calories still count. Regardless of the source, simply put, too many calories will make you fat. Drink in moderation and skip the “diet” foods that have kept you fat!
Check out the article in “Women’s Health Magazine,” linked below, for more information on weight loss and protein!
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