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How to Use Protein for Weight Loss

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We receive many emails at The Healthy Chef regarding the use of our protein powders and the main differences between our Pure Native WPI  and plant-based Organic Pea Protein.

As I’m running my Body Shaping event later this month, I thought it would be a good to idea to answer this question in detail, since protein is an essential nutrient our bodies need to thrive.

Protein is needed for balancing hormones, assisting in weight loss, supporting digestion, detoxification and a healthy immune system. Protein is also the key nutrient that helps you get ageless glowing skin and lean toned muscles.

The amount of protein you consume each day varies slightly depending on your age, weight, and activity level. To maintain good health, it’s all about getting a good balance of quality protein over the course of a day. 

 

 

Protein is needed for balancing hormones, assisting in weight loss, supporting detoxification, digestion and a healthy immune system. Protein is also the key nutrient that helps you get ageless glowing skin and lean toned muscles.

 

USING PROTEIN FOR WEIGHT LOSS 

Protein can work effectively to encourage significant weight loss. It is recommended you get between 80 — 120 grams of protein per day to aid satiety and repair. The best way to use protein for weight loss is to use it as a meal replacement. Start the day with a morning smoothie for breakfast after your workout. To find out exactly the right amount of protein for you, check out our Protein Calculator.

 

 

The best way to use protein for weight loss is to use it as a meal replacement. Start the day with a morning smoothie for breakfast after your workout.

 

I blend Healthy Chef Protein with frozen berries, leafy cos lettuce, almond milk and some ice. A small banana or 1/4 avocado and a spoonful of almond butter can be added for extra creaminess. This type of smoothie will improve your metabolism, nourish lean muscle, and keep you energised all morning.

As a midafternoon snack, I like to combine 1 serving of protein with 1- 1½ cups of coconut water or water in a blender bottle. This will help curb your appetite and keep you from reaching for the cookie jar when you feel like something sweet.

Should protein be mixed into a smoothie or are they best taken alone with water?

This depends on whether you want to use it as a healthy meal replacement or just a quick protein fix.

 

 

As a smoothie, you’re having a complete meal and great for breakfast on the go. As a shake mixed with water, you’re getting quicker absorption into the body. This is great after a workout when you’re body is most receptive to the intake of protein.

 

WHAT IS THE MAIN DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORGANIC PEA + PURE NATIVE WPI?

PURE NATIVE WPI

The first difference between our Pure Native WPI and Organic Pea Protein is the source of origin. Our Pure Native WPI is sourced from the milk of grass-fed cows, roaming the pastures in the south of France. The milk undergoes one mandatory process of pasteurisation, before being cold-filtered and having lactose removed, to obtain the Pure Whey Protein Isolate. It is a very high source of natural protein but without casein, milk solids and fillers that are typically found in other, lower quality protein powders, making it suitable for people with digestive issues such as lactose sensitivity or anyone suffering from bloating.

 

 

Our superior WPI quality protein  is suitable for people with digestive issues such as lactose sensitivity or anyone suffering from bloating.

 

ORGANIC PEA PROTEIN

Organic Pea Protein is a wholefood plant-based protein, a suitable choice for vegetarians and vegans. Healthy Chef was the first company to bring Organic Pea Protein into the Australian market. Entirely raw, alkaline and plant based, containing all the essential amino acids your body needs to heal and nourish in a perfect environment. It is low in fat, low in carbohydrates and free of soy, sugar, dairy and lactose, making it suitable for those who suffer from food allergies and food sensitivities. We scent ours with organic vanilla bean and organic cocoa for a purely delicious taste.

 

 

Both our wholefood proteins are high in all the essential amino acids needed for optimal health and wellbeing. Protein can work effectively to regulate the appetite, increase satiety and encourage significant weight loss.

 

When attempting to keep total calories down during dieting, protein supplementation can help to keep total food volume down but still provide support directly to the muscles, liver and immune systems which are critical to optimising body composition.

HOW DO YOU HAVE IT?

There’s a bit of confusion on how to use protein powder and if it’s meant to be taken as a meal replacement. I’ve covered a lot of this in My Ultimate Guide To Choosing the Right Protein Powder.

 

 

For me, I like to start the day a protein smoothie. I vary between my Pure Native WPI and  Organic Pea protein, then add frozen blueberries, Organic Superfood, almond milk or coconut water and some ice.

 

A small frozen banana can also be added for extra creaminess and boosters such as Matcha or Naked Chocolat can help to support body shaping. This type of smoothie can also help to boost metabolism, nourish lean muscle and keep you energised all morning.

 

 

As a mid-afternoon snack, I combine 1 serve of protein with 1 - 1½ cups of coconut water or water then shake in a blender bottle. This keeps me satisfied between meals and helps to stabilise blood sugar levels, which means I’m less likely to give into my sweet cravings!

 

PROTEIN POWDER COMPARISONS – A HANDY CHART

Here is a handy chart covering all you need to know about PURE NATIVE WPI and ORGANIC PEA PROTEIN.

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