As low carb dieters we consume a lot of protein…From meats and eggs to large quantities of cheese, low carbers are not shy of protein! Protein is very important to your diet especially if you follow an exercise program. You may be surprised to know that you are probably not consuming enough protein! You may also not be consuming the right kind.
Why Protein is Important:
As we diet, our bodies consume fat as well as muscle to survive. Depending on your weight, age, and lifestyle, up to 40% of your weight loss could be from muscle loss! This muscle loss from dieting is a big contributor to the yo-yo effect. We lose muscle, which is a big calorie burner and it becomes easier and easier to gain weight with each diet. Protein contains branched-chain amino acids. These amino acids, leucine in particular, appear to slow the breakdown of muscle tissue and promote the synthesis of new muscle fibers. In addition to assisting with maintaining your lean muscle mass, leucine helps to burn fat! If all of that has not sold you on protein, how about this:
How Much Protein do We Need?:
Bodybuilder’s consume large amounts of protein, up to 4 grams per pound of body weight. Nutritionist typically recommend 1.5 to 2 grams per pound of body weight for dieters and those partaking in moderate exercise. It is typically hard to consume this much protein in a day, even on a low carb diet. That is when it becomes important to supplement.
What Kind of Protein Should We Take?:
All protein is not created equal! Without going into the scientific reasons of why, whey protein is the best for you. Whey is all natural, packed full of amino acids, easily dissolves and very affordable.
After testing 10 different kinds of whey protein, below are my top 2 picks. I based my judging on taste, carb content, and “mixability”. Both of my choices below have only 2 net carbs per serving! The biggest loser protein reminded me of drinking chocolate milk!
I mix my protein with Vanilla Soy Slender soy milk. It gives me 6 more grams of protein at only one carbohydrate.
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