Are Nutritional Shakes Worth It?

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Are those powdered protein shakes everyone seems to be purchasing now from stores as well as home dealers good for you?  Are they the secret to losing weight?

“Maybe,” according to a recent report published by the Mayo Clinic.  But they certainly are not a secret elixir to weight loss.

The key to dieting is the fact that dropping pounds requires that you burn more calories than you consume each day.  Therefore, protein shakes will help you lose weight if, all total each day, drinking them cuts down on your calorie consumption. But a healthy diet has always been (and still is) eating fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean sources of protein, plus adding at least 30 minutes of physical activity to your daily routine.

So, if you are inclined to drink the shakes, check the calories in each one you consume, and then combine these calories with those that come from fresh foods to reach your daily goal.  Also remember, powdered shakes are processed foods.  If you rely too heavily on them to replace whole foods, you will not get the nutritional benefits that your body requires.

The average adult needs 46 to 56 grams of protein a day, depending on weight and overall health.  As long as you are eating a healthy diet, adding extra protein — either through protein shakes or other sources — isn’t necessary.  And the unfortunate irony is, consuming too many protein shakes daily in addition to your usual diet will cause you to gain weight, especially if you don’t burn off calories through exercise.

Also, ask yourself, “Am I going to drink the shakes for the rest of my life?”

The answer, of course, is:  Heck no!

Lisa Burbage

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