Protein: Drink It Up and Keep Weight Down

Did you know that the average American consumes 20% of their daily calories from beverages?  It pays to be careful about what you drink.  If you are putting together a weight loss plan, you may be interested in weight loss drinks as a part of your menu.

First, we recommend that you immediately replace carbonated soft drinks with water to cut hundreds of calories. Recent research even suggests that drinking lots of water might rev up your metabolism. But why stop there?

You may also reduce your daily calories (and ultimately lose weight) by replacing certain meals with protein shakes.  As you exercise regularly to reduce even more calories, the added protein may help you maintain energy and recover from your work-out.

Meal Replacement Done Right

In general, it is not recommended to replace more than two meals (or one meal and one snack) a day with drinks.  Of course, make sure your regular meals are well-balanced and nutritious.

Shakes are very convenient.  They are quick to make and easy to take along on a busy day.  They might help you avoid high-calorie junk food, especially when it’s just not practical to prepare the right meal.

Choose a drink that is appropriate for meal replacement.  Around 200 calories would be appropriate for many individuals.  Also consider your daily nutritional needs.

If you need a quick solution, consider Slim Fast’s High Protein Extra Creamy Chocolate Shake.  It offers 15 grams of protein and only 190 calories, along with many vitamins and minerals.

DIY:  Choosing Ingredients

You can also try your hand at making your own protein-rich weight loss drink.  Keep in mind that protein shake recipes are not necessarily designed to replace a meal.  With a little planning and creativity, though, you can get the best of both worlds.

When purchasing your protein supplement, choose casein protein.  Because it is slow-absorbing, it helps you feel full and makes for a good meal replacement drink.

If your diet doesn’t permit dairy, try an alternative like hemp or rice protein powder.  Soy is also a good supplement for meal replacements.

If weight loss is your goal, you don’t want to load your shake with too many calories.  On the other hand, you’ll need enough calories to replace a meal, and some recipes aren’t designed to do that.

Here are some simple tips to add nutrients and reasonable calories:

  • Use skim milk as a base instead of water.
  • Add fruit, such as berries or banana.
  • Add natural-style peanut butter (in moderation).
  • Add flax seed.
  • Add dry, uncooked oatmeal.

To help you stick to your diet, try a fun variety of ingredients.  Experiment with your ingredients while keeping an eye on calories and seeking a variety of nutrients.  Soon you’ll be mixing your favorite protein-rich meal replacement drinks.

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