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  • Protein Powder for Weight Loss

  • According to the CDC, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity affected 39.8% or 93.3 million of US adults in 2015-2016 and 18.5% or 13.7 million children and adolescents. Of those statistics amongst children, 13.9% among 2- to 5- year-olds, 18.4% among 6- to 11-year-olds and 20.6% among 12- to 10-year-olds. With obesity comes heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. In 2008, the estimated annual medical cost for obesity health related issues in the United States was $147 billion dollars; the medical cost for people who have obesity was $1,429 higher than those of normal weight. And, as if we could not put two and two together, new research has found men who have a high BMI at age 18 is more likely to suffer a heart attack before they reach age 65.

    Getting back on track can be difficult and discouraging. There are so many diet fads out there these days, it's hard to decide where to start. Ultimately, working out, eating healthy and having a balanced diet is the best way to start feeling better, and looking better too. As we get older, the results we are looking for become harder to achieve. By adding protein powder into your diet, you can meet your goals faster.

    You may be asking, “What is the best protein powder for losing weight?”, which by the way is an excellent question since there are so many protein powders available in today's market. According to science, whey protein is hands down one of the best for losing those unwanted pounds. In one study, people who were given a whey protein shake at breakfast, lost more weight than people who had breakfast that contained eggs, tuna, and soy. When compared to a group given a carbohydrate shake for breakfast, the ones drinking the whey protein shake lost 4 more pounds, lost an inch more from their waist over 6 months, and felt less hungry.

    The good news, it’s never too late to lose those unwanted pounds! You can set new goals, change old habits, and embark on a healthy lifestyle from this day forward and we, at Buddy Nutrition, are here to help. By taking our interactive quiz, your Buddy will help design a custom blend designed specifically with your goals in mind. For instance, after answering the questions to the interactive quiz, this is the formula designed specifically for one of our very own Buddy’s: 20% Whey Protein Isolate Cold-Filtration, 20% Whey Protein Concentrate, 40% Micellar Casein, 20% Egg White Protein, for a nutritional value of 112 Calories, .4g Fat, 1.4g Carbs, 25g Protein. The added Boosts based on the interactive quiz were: Turmeric Boost, Carb Enzyme Boost, Probiotic Boost, and Multi-Vitamin & Mineral Boost. All blended together with the great taste of French Vanilla.

    You may be wondering what all the hype with whey protein is and why is it the number one talked about protein when it comes to weight loss. Whey protein contains high amounts of the amino acid, leucine, which helps build muscles which in turn helps burns calories. There are a couple different kinds of whey protein. Whey comes from milk so if you are lactose intolerant you may need to stay away from whey protein or look for whey protein isolate or whey protein cold filtration which is the process that pulls the whey from the lactose.

    Depending on the severity of your intolerance for lactose, you may need to try non-lactose protein like pea protein, hemp protein, plant-based proteins, or even the many vegan proteins that are also recommended for weight loss.  Pea protein contains all the essential amino acids that your body can’t create on its own. It’s easy to digest, fits in with almost all special diets, builds muscles, and helps you feel full longer. Hemp protein is a vegan-friendly, complete protein meal replacement with nine essential amino acids, that is nutritious and easily digestible and loaded with antioxidants, minerals, fiber, and healthy unsaturated fats.

    Be sure to chat with a Buddy over at Buddy Nutrition to find the protein blend to help you get started on your weight loss journey today. You want to look for the protein powders with the least ingredients as possible. Be sure to check the labels for those unwanted additives like sodium, sugars, and artificial colors and flavors. Whether you are looking to lose weight or build those muscles up, protein should be a very important part of everyone’s daily nutritional intake. As you have seen there are a lot of options when looking to get started with protein shakes. Be sure to do your research, examine and know your goals, and choose your protein based on your dietary needs. Let Buddy Nutrition help you take the first step today.