Most women have no problem eating…
– Packaged products with ingredients you can’t even pronounce
– Food off the floor (as long as it’s been less than 5 seconds)
– Snacks from a bowl without knowing where everyone’s hands have been
– And fast food from restaurants without examining kitchen cleanliness
But most women won’t drink protein shakes!
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “I don’t drink protein shakes.”
More specifically, “I don’t drink protein shakes because…”
– They’ll make me fat
– They taste bad
– They aren’t healthy
Seriously, I hear these statements from women of all ages, body types, and education levels.
And I’m not going to lie… it makes me so sad!
Or perhaps it’s because I get upset when unknowledgeable people make statements that scare others from trying these products. Seriously, I’ve met some women who are literally scared to death by protein powder – and for ZERO scientific reasons.
It’s time to set the record straight.
But I’m not just going to give you my “opinion” about why protein shakes make a great addition to any well-balanced diet. I’m going to share with you research-based, scientific facts that will crush any fears about drinking Level-1 and Phormula-1 protein shakes.
EXCUSE #1: Protein shakes will make me fat.
False. Eating any high-protein food in EXCESSIVE amounts will make you fat.
Protein shakes are just like any other food that contains protein. If you eat too much chicken, you can get fat. If you eat too many eggs, you can get fat. And sure, if you chug protein shakes all day long, you can get fat.
But it is absolutely incorrect to say that drinking protein shakes will make you fat.
It doesn’t make any logical sense!
It’s not like protein shakes have evil powers. What they do have is calories, just like EVERY other food. And we all know that when you eat more calories then you burn, you’re going to gain weight.
But what you probably haven’t heard is that high-protein diets, which can include a daily shake or two, actually increase FAT LOSS.
In multiple studies, people who ate a high protein meal reported feeling fuller then those who ate the same amount of calories, but less protein. It’s believed that eating protein increases feelings of satiety and therefore causes us to munch less.
And do you know what happens when you eat less calories? You LOSE weight!
So contrary to popular belief, Level-1 Protein Shakes actually have the ability to aid in fat loss and help you keep hard earned muscle.
EXCUSE #2: Protein shakes taste bad.
Yeah, if you’re buying the cheapest, crappiest product available.
Again, it’s just like any other food. I’ve eaten salmon that was overcooked and dry… and it tasted bad. I’ve tried plain boiled chicken without any seasoning… and it tasted bad.
Does this mean that all salmon and chicken are awful? No! It just means that in those instances, I had a bad experience. I didn’t start avoiding these foods forever, I just had them cooked differently the next time around.
The same goes for protein shakes. If you try a product that tastes like chalk (and believe me there are a lot out there), then don’t give up forever!
It took me a few tries before I found 1st Phorm’s protein flavors, but now I get to enjoy things like…
Seriously, I can’t even tell you how many times protein shakes have saved me from diving face first into a pint of ice cream. If you’re like me, and have one serious sweet tooth, then protein shakes are a low-carb, sugar-free option for satisfying cravings.
EXCUSE #3: Protein shakes aren’t healthy.
This one really gets under my skin! As a pharmacist, I’ve spent countless hours taking physiology and pathology classes, reading clinical trials, and studying the impact of drugs on the human body…
I wouldn’t be writing this article if I weren’t completely comfortable drinking protein shakes and recommending them to my closest family members and friends.
Thanks in large part to confusing and sometimes deceptive advertising, many women are nervous about drinking shakes.
The truth is there haven’t been any studies showing negative effects of whey protein in healthy people.… are we feeling better yet!?!
For those who still have reservations, lets talk about the two most popular concerns.
In the past, people have questioned the effects of high protein diets on bone health. Specifically, there were concerns that high protein diets decrease bone mineral density.
Recent studies have shown the opposite – a high protein diet for young, healthy women improves bone strength.
One study specifically, known as the Framingham Offspring Study, included 1,639 women and found that higher protein diets actually benefit women, especially those with lower calcium intakes.
Another concern is that high protein diets “overwork or strain” the kidneys.
Again, there are NO STUDIES in healthy individuals with normal kidney function that demonstrate a high protein diet (>1.5g/kg/day) harms the kidneys.
Unless you suffer from a pre-existing kidney disease, evidence DOESN’T support kidney damage from long-term high protein diets.
To sum it all up, protein shakes are a convenient, healthy, and delicious way to promote fat loss and maintain lean muscle.
As a pharmacist, I feel comfortable drinking 1st Phorm’s Level-1 Protein shakes because I know they are made with high quality ingredients and can improve my overall nutrition.
Next time you run into a situation when you don’t have time to sit down for a real meal, drink a Level-1 protein shake instead!
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