Most women assume that including protein shakes in their daily routine will lead them to putting on weight like body builders. It is true that high-protein shakes help in adding the lean muscle mass, but that is as important for a woman as it is for a man. Shakes not only increase the lean muscle mass, but also helps in boosting fat loss, improves satiety, spikes up the metabolism and also delivers essential nutrients all in one scoop!
Lean muscle boosts metabolism and tones the body
Let us first tell you that irrespective of how much weights you lift and how much of protein you eat, ladies you’ll never bulk up like men. So remove that thought out of your minds straight away. Experts recommend a daily protein intake of 0.2 to 0.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight per day. By not giving your body the required amount of protein, you’re putting your muscle mass at risk. Lean muscles are responsible for upping your metabolism and also give you that much sought after toned look. If you’re someone who trains hard in the gym and eats protein-rich natural foods then you don’t need to consume a shake. However, if you are someone who doesn’t eat adequate amount of protein-rich foods then drinking a protein shake will help give your body a good amount of nutrients.
Protein shakes help in fat loss
Those battling the bulge need to know that it is more important to focus on fat loss than just weight loss. Weight loss can be attributed even to loss of water or muscle mass and that’s the last thing you would really want. Using a protein shake as a meal replacement not only promotes weight loss but also helps in fat loss because most protein shakes have a lesser calorie and carbohydrate count. Protein shakes also provide a feeling of fullness and boosts your metabolic rate, especially if consumed first thing in the morning after an overnight fasting period of 8 hours.
It tastes good and you can add on to its overall awesomeness
Most women assume that protein shakes don’t taste that good. These days’ protein shakes are available in innumerable flavours like chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, banana, mocha etc. All you need to do is latch on to your favourite flavour. What’s more, you can also bung in some tasty fruits, nuts and blitz it in the blender along with some chilled skimmed milk and make yourself a wholesome protein shake smoothie.
Now hold on… just because protein shakes are filled with goodness of all nutrients, it doesn’t mean you survive on that. Nothing can replace the goodness of original food sources, but having a scoop of protein shake first thing in the morning or immediately after a workout will do no harm. But remember, restrict it to maximum two scoops a day and that too only if you’re someone who trains hard in the gym. Excess protein in your body can lead to heart and kidney problems, hence keep a check on the amount of protein you consume on a daily basis.