By Christine Hronec
You have probably seen some of the fittest people on Instagram regularly using protein supplements by now. However you wonder if its right for you and how does it work when it comes to fat loss.
Let's first get into what whey protein is. Whey protein is actually a by-product of cheese manufacturing, where milk is acidified to forms curds and whey. The curds are used for cheese production where the whey was once considered a useless by-product.
This “wastewater” in cheese production would typically just be taken downstream and discarded. However, in the 80s, some chemical engineers found that whey could be ultra-filtered and concentrated and then sprayed right into a valuable high protein ready to mix product.
In order to support weight loss, you need to know is that no matter what you're eating, you still need to be in a caloric deficit. The reason whey protein is such a helpful ingredient if you are looking to lose body fat is because it is a very high protein, low carb, low fat ingredient.
What I mean by that is, a lot of people typically fall very short on their protein consumption which is very essential for fat loss. Protein is the only macronutrient that contains nitrogen, when the body is in a positive nitrogen balance (and you are in a caloric deficit) this will force your body to hold onto lean muscle tissue and burn body fat as a fuel source.
Your body cannot obtain all of the amino acids that it needs by itself. There are essential amino acids that you need from food. Whey protein is a perfect example of a complete protein. This means it contains all of the essential amino acids your body requires.
In order to make whey protein work for you, it's great to take for breakfast. Eating a high-protein breakfast can make you feel substantially fuller, boost your satiety and give you a lot more energy and mental focus throughout the day.
Another way, you can use it as a post-workout supplement. You can use it to help deplete, restore, and help recover your torn muscle fibers. It's a really great product that can be used as smoothies. You can turn it into protein pancakes and a wide variety of other things. The key is making sure you use it to dial in your macros.
Now be aware that not all whey proteins are created equally. You always want to read the labels CAREFULLY. There's a difference between whey protein concentrate and whey protein isolate. Whey protein concentrate is typically 80% protein. It's going to have more fat and more carbs. Whey protein isolate is as pure as you can get at 90% protein. It's virtually free of carbs and fats. This makes it more convenient and economical to hit your daily protein macros without overshooting your fats and carbs.
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