Have ever woken up one day and decided to get in shape? Or perhaps the continuous posts are flooding in on your feed of perfect shaped babes make you want to crawl inside your blanket and cry, and you suddenly have a moment of clarity; often. However often or whatever the reason might be, we all want to get into shape.
And to do that, we have to balance a lot of things and maintain our lives at the same time. By the time we reach 20, there is one thing we all realize. And that is that quick fixes are not a permanent solution.
So every article with the titles “Lose belly fat in 7 days” or “Get a bikini body in 3 days” are something we have learned to dismiss. Now more than ever is the time to look at sustainable plans that work long term. In the case of weight loss, we have to look at different components of what contributes to our health and body.
If we separate it into different chunks, we can see that one part would be our diet, one-part physical activity and one-part rest/recovery period. Of all these one of the most important would be what we eat, our diets, what we put in our bodies and has a direct effect — people who eat healthy live longer.
If you are someone who is concerned with losing weight and getting in shape, instead of only looking at what you shouldn’t consume, you should keep track of what you SHOULD eat. Every fitness buff knows the magic of Protein Shakes. They help us complete our protein intake very easily and also helps us to reach our desired weight.
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But are protein shakes all that they are made out to be? Well, yes. They definitely are! Protein is recommended by nutritionists and dieticians to be a huge part of our overall diet. Most nutritionists recommend an average adult to consume around 44-56 grams of protein.
Now the reasons as to why we should even consider drinking protein-based or protein shakes would be a reduced appetite, loss of body fat, a boost of metabolism, meeting daily protein requirements etc.
Although it has its merits, there are some limitations of a standard protein shake. It is not recommended to be considered as a “permanent” substitute for solid food. One simply cannot survive solely on protein shakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Even though it works as a great substitute for solid protein intake if relied on heavily when one returns to solid food, weight gain becomes inevitable. Shifting back to solid food (which would happen inevitably, as it is impossible to live on protein shakes solely), high weight gain at a fast momentum will likely occur.
Taken with moderation though, can cause highly satisfactory results.
Now! We understand the significance of protein shakes in our bodies; we should also be aware of the dos and don’ts of the intake of protein shakes!
What you should do
Picking out the Right Brand:
While choosing a brand you can either rely on online or consult a dietician.
Add Exercise to your routine:
If you can balance at least three days of exercise per week with drinking protein shakes every week, your body will become fit in a fast and healthy manner. Exercise burns fat and breaks down muscles and to recuperate, protein is needed. By combining exercise and protein shakes, you can get your desired body very fast!
“Too much of anything is too much” is a very cliché but rightfully so! Just because protein shakes help you to lose weight and meet your daily protein requirements does not mean you should keep on drinking these shakes all day. The key is moderation. Protein shakes also contain a lot of calories, so how much of it is being ingested should also be kept in mind. It is important to keep track of the calories we consume every day in order to lose fat properly.
You can choose to replace one meal of the day with a shake (recommended for those trying to lose weight very fast).
What you definitely shouldn’t do
Substituting solid food:
This is something that would cause you to lose weight very rapidly in the beginning but then, inevitably, your body is bound to crash. And when that happens you will feel a lot of fatigue throughout the day. It is very important to remember that protein is not the ONLY component of food that we need.
Not only will you feel fatigue throughout the day, once you get back to solid food it would be harder to maintain weight loss. In fact, you will gain weight rapidly.
Going with the trend:
Just because your peers’/gym buddies/a fantastic advert influences you to buy a brand does not me it would be best suited for you. It is always very wise to consult a dietician or at least check the contents of the ingredients of the brand you choose to go with. A little research could go a long way!
Store shakes for more than 3 days:
It is highly recommended that the shakes made be refrigerated and be thrown out after 2 days. A maximum of three days can be considered. More than three days will do more harm than good to the body.
Not counting the calories:
As mentioned before, it is very important to count how many calories per day is consumed versus how much exercise or overall energy is being spent. If consumed at a high rate, then instead of weight loss, you would gain weight without understanding why or how!
These were some of the dos and don’ts of using protein shakes as an instrument to weight loss. Weight loss or just getting a healthy, fit body is a long journey that takes time, energy, research and a whole lot of patience. We shouldn’t expect results overnight. Neither should give up if immediate results are not seen. It is very important to identify all the tools of weight loss and use them properly, balancing everything. Protein shakes are a wonderful way to make weight loss easier, recuperate from daily exercise faster and meet nutrient demands in our body efficiently. In the words of Taylor Swift, “Shake it off! Just shake it off!”