If you’re a regular at the gym, you’ve probably noticed those muscly guys toss back a protein shake straight after their workout. While it’s true that many bodybuilders rely on whey protein to help them build serious muscle, don’t be fooled by this stereotype.
Whey protein can also be a useful weight-loss aid for both men and women. Protein plays an important role in weight loss because getting enough of this macronutrient from your diet can boost your metabolism and reduce your appetite. It also helps you shed weight without losing muscle.
Whey protein’s many powers
Drinking a whey protein shake, such as NPL Platinum Whey, is an easy and convenient way to include more beneficial protein in your diet.
There is loads of evidence that shows how drinking whey protein can help women retain muscle and lose fat as part of a weight-loss plan. It also helps to suppress your appetite, which further aids the weight-loss process.
Aim to drink a Platinum Whey shake during the following scenarios:
- As a meal replacement
Many people often don’t have time to eat breakfast. An easy and convenient alternative (one that is much healthier than eating sugary cereals) is to opt for an on-the-go meal replacement smoothie. Mix your whey protein with a small amount of water, almond or coconut milk, and top it off with a handful of mixed berries, and you’re good to go.
- As a snack replacement
If you’re feeling peckish before lunch or supper, have a Platinum Whey Protein shake. This will suppress your appetite and keep you feeling full for longer.
A combined approach is best
Regular exercise is another important element of a healthy lifestyle, so just changing to protein shakes alone isn’t likely to help you lose weight or maintain it.
Our recommendation is to combine resistance training with whey protein for anyone looking to lose weight.
To get started, add 3 slightly rounded scoops (32g) of NPL Platinum Whey to 200ml of cold water or fat free milk, and consume before and/or after training.
Author: Pedro van Gaalen
When he’s not writing about sport or health and fitness, Pedro is probably out training for his next marathon or ultra-marathon. He’s worked as a fitness professional and as a marketing and comms expert. He now combines his passions in his role as managing editor at Fitness magazine.