One question we often get is "Are protein powders good for weight loss?" And our answer is always a resounding yes! Read on for five science-backed reasons protein powders are good for weight loss.
Just be sure to always seek out USDA Certified Organic protein powders that contain wholefood-derived ingredients from third-party verified companies.
#1: A High-Protein Breakfast can Help Reduce Appetite & Cravings
Consuming protein helps you feel full. It helps curb "hunger" hormones while sending fullness signals to your brain. Eating protein, particularly at breakfast, is also widely researched and consistently shown to enhance satiety and reduce caloric intake later on in the day.
Starting your day with a protein-based smoothie that also includes fiber, healthy fats, and greens/vegetables is an ideal way to stave off hunger and prevent cravings. That's why our USDA Organic Certified Beauty Protein is also made with prebiotic fiber. Try one of our signature recipes for a weight-loss-friendly start to your day.
#2: Eating Quality Protein is Shown to Reduce Belly Fat
In addition to helping you eat less later in the day, eating protein at breakfast is also shown to help reduce belly fat. In fact, eating high-quality protein is inversely related to belly fat, meaning the more you eat, the less belly fat you will have.
#3: Eating Protein Provides a Metabolism Boost
Protein has the highest thermic effect of all macronutrients, meaning that your body expends the most energy (burns calories) to digest it. More than carbohydrates or fat.
High protein intake has been shown to boost metabolism and increase the amount of calories burned by 80-100 calories per day.
#4: Smoothies are Delicious
The simplest way to lose weight and keep it off is to ensure you're eating foods you actually enjoy. Be sure to choose flavors you love and work on making your "perfect smoothie" that isn't too thick, too thin, too sweet, or not sweet enough. (If you need help, check out our foolproof guide!) If you love chocolate, choose a chocolate protein powder, if you love tropical fruit, try a green smoothie, or if you love peanut butter, be sure to add some.
#5: Smoothies are Convenient
The easiest changes to make are the ones that naturally fit into your day. Whether you eat your breakfast on-the-go or at home, a smoothie is a great and convenient healthy breakfast option.
Oftentimes, the argument against smoothies for breakfast is that they are not filling enough. So, just be sure to add a healthy fat, protein, and some fiber. Generally, the thicker it is, the more satisfying it will be too.