Are Protein Shakes Good for Weight Loss?
My husband makes a protein shake every morning for breakfast. He mixes protein powder with strawberries, milk, flax seed oil, hemp seeds, and sometimes bananas. For me, he creates shakes with mango and I take it in a thermos to work. I drink it in lieu of a typical lunch, not in addition to it. I do this neither to build a more muscly physique nor to lose weight but rather for convenience.
Sports dietician Greg Shaw, of the Australian Institute of Sport, says, “If you’re just sucking down the shakes, that isn’t going to help. You must do resistance exercises alongside taking the protein shakes.”
Also, if you’re drinking protein shakes to lose weight, you’re mistaken. Since protein contains calories, consuming too much can actually make losing weight more difficult—especially if you drink protein shakes in addition to your usual diet, and you’re not exercising.
Protein shakes can be tasty and loaded with healthy ingredients. But keep in mind that they should only be used to supplement a well-balanced diet, not replace it.