Weight Loss Supplements
For a long time, we have widely accepted protein as a weight loss supplement. Adding protein to your diet is supposed to provide any number of benefits…
- Fill you up faster – with higher quality fuel
- Build muscle
- Give you more endurance for workouts and everyday activities
- Repair tissue damage
But you need to know two things about protein:
- You don’t need as much as you think (or as the diet industry tells you you should think)
- Not all protein is equal in terms of helping the body
I can hear you saying, “What?”
Sharp marketers are telling us we need to have a high protein, low carb diet in order to build muscle. The truth is, the only thing that builds muscle is weight bearing exercise – body weight or actual weights. You can eat all the protein you want, but if you’re not exercising, you’re not gonna put on any muscle, Bubba.
It’s fine to use protein as a weight loss supplement, but be sure you aren’t overdoing it. Recent studies show that as little as .55 grams per pound of body weight is plenty to build muscle when you’re exercising properly. NOT the 2.5 to 3 grams the bodybuilding industry suggests.
Not only that, but there are differences in whey protein vs. soy protein.
In a head-to-head comparison of soy protein vs. whey protein, whey protein is superior.
For biological value, efficiency and digestability, whey protein is a better choice. As well, it contains more amino acids and a higher net protein utilization.
Only two categories (glutamine per gram and arginine per gram) was soy protein higher. These two supplements are both inexpensive and easily available for those who wish to add them to their whey protein supplement.
When deciding to use weight loss supplements, consider the facts about the proper use of protein to help you with your weight loss goals.