Are Protein Shakes Effective

Most people today consume protein shakes because they either want to lose weight or increase muscle mass. While some people swear by them, others feel that they do not work at all. The reason is that the average person consumes enough proteins from a daily meal. Therefore, consuming extra protein from protein supplements only leads to an excess of protein the body. The body then uses the protein that it needs and stores the rest as fat. Naturally, if you look at it this manner, protein shakes not effective.


However, if you carefully plan out your diet and make sure that the protein from your food combines with the protein from these shakes and results in the amount that your body requires each day- they can prove to be quite effective. All you need to do is measure your weight in pounds and multiply this number with 0.36.


Most athletes depend on protein shakes because protein helps to build muscle and such bodybuilders end up drinking too many protein shakes on a daily basis. 


If you are careful, protein shakes are definitely effective and offer a number of benefits.


Do they work?


Protein as a nutrient is extremely beneficial and helps the body to stay healthy. 

A large number of people who want to lose weight tend to rely on protein shakes. However, according to a number of sources, if you do not plan this intake keeping your calorie requirements in mind, you will end up gaining weight.


Protein shakes are also effective in the sense that they allow the individual to feel full for long period of time. Therefore, such people tend to snack less and keep the weight off.


For those who follow a busy schedule and do not have time to have healthy meals, protein shakes can prove to be quite effective. They are convenient and can be consumed anywhere, anytime. In case you want to add more nutrients to the meal, you can also eat an apple or a banana with the shake.



A majority of protein shakes consist of about 300 grams of protein. Most body builders consume these shakes on a daily basis for the purpose of adding muscle mass. According to a number of sources, these shakes do more harm than good unless you are extremely active and manage to burn the extra amount of protein in the body.


Protein shakes also taste good and are nutritious as long as you know how much to consume.


Keeping these points in mind, protein shakes can be extremely effective. Other benefits of protein shakes include:

  1. They help to bring about an increase in energy levels

  2. They help to increase the lean muscle mass-both for males and females

  3. They help to boost your immune system and help your body to fight against diseases

  4. They help to increase the level of metabolism and therefore help to reduce appetite and burn fat.

  5. Consumption of protein leads to slower digestion. Therefore, the individual stays full for a long period of time and does not snack between meals.

  6. The health of the heart is increased as well. 

  7. Proteins also help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

While purchasing protein shakes, it is important to keep the ingredients in mind. It is important to choose natural ingredients over chemical additives as these can lead to health problems in the long run. For those who have a sweet tooth, the good news is that flavors like chocolate and strawberry are also available.

Protein shakes are also effective for those who wish to increase body weight. Most protein shakes are extremely high in calories. An average protein shake consists of about 800-1200 calories.

If you want to lose weight, make sure that you eat small meals at frequent intervals during the day. This helps to increase and boost metabolism. Most people prefer to replace these small meals with about protein shakes. Therefore, if you are having 3 meals during the day, 3 protein shakes should be enough. If you consume more than this, you can put your body at a risk of kidney disease, hearth disease and unnatural levels of calcium.

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