Whey Protein Shakes for Breakfast- Yay or Nay?
What is the final consensus on Slow-Carbers having Whey Protein Shakes for breakfast? ( I mean the kind with that you buy in the barrel and mix with water, not the pre-made kind that are loaded with carbs) I have heard - only if you are working out, yes they are fine, avoid them altogether...
So which is it? I know they have made my life easier but I am also not seeing weight or inches pour off like a lot of people are.
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Please read my post about avoiding whey protein for breakfast here:
In addition to agreeing with going with all natural whey protein if you're gonna do this, here are some more tips, as I've been using shakes for breakfasts and on-the-go meals for some time.
Coconut Milk (not water, that's all sugar) is a great ingredient to add some good saturated fat calories to help fill you up. Also, it adds a nice thick texture - the kind you'd get with a banana, which is good since those are a no-no now! .25 to .5 cups usually is enough.
Avocados do the same! If you toss in some cocoa powder with an avocado (I know it sounds weird) tastes pretty damn good. Another good ingredient to increase healthy sat fats and keep you fuller longer if needed.
A lot of companies are coming out with "natural" protein mixes without artifical sweetners but they do have some sugar, we use and like Gold Standard natural whey it has 5 carbs, I don't think that's bad and it's a great filling snack or mini meal. I like to add a little natural peanut butter, kind of a dessert.
I got a free sample of "platinum hydro whey" from Optimum Nutrition.
Says Lactose free, and looks better than their 100% Whey with 1 less carb (now 2, 1 sugar), and more protein, and 20 total calories more.
tim said avoid lactose, so some of you should check that out
i'm not worried about a little lactose, i drink my whey after lifting, i could use sugar in my system
I have just bought the Whey-to-go in chocolate and vanilla. The Vanilla shows nothing in the way of artifical sweetners with only 1 sugar, 2 carbs total, the Chocolate on the other hand does list "crystaline fructose" and shows 9 sugar with 10 carbs total.
I am on day 4 of 4HB and have lost 2 lbs so far. I will add this protein shake in for my morning "with in 1 hour of waking" meal. I have been struggling with eating in the morning, especially since I am a 5:30am gym girl. I also don't have more than 10lb or so that I want to lose, I did't expect my weight loss to significant right off the bat.
I will begin this regimen tomorrow, as today is an off gym day for me. I will be interested to see how it effects things and then post again. I feel that using the protein shake pre-workout, early am, should not effect the fat loss, but we will find out. The biggest thing that I understand is the whey isolate is quickly absorbed. Given that, I think pre-workout, early am, should be beneficial. It all boils down to "try it and see" and your body's individual mechanics.
Almost all protein powder mixes are sweetened with artificial sweeteners, all of which stall fat loss. Many of them contain sucralose/Splenda, which kills good bacteria in your stomach that normally facilitate fat loss. If you're going to use an unflavored protein powder in say, water or almond milk, then sure, go for it. Just read the label and ingredients carefully for any of the banned items or artificial sugars. At the end of the day it's always best to get your protein from whole foods like eggs and meat.
My understanding of whey is that it is the least preferable protein shake source. I believe better alternatives are: 1) casein; and 2) egg white. There are some bean protein shake powders out there, but I have heard horror stories about the taste of those. I am expecting an order in of both casein and egg white powders. I'd be glad to share how they work and taste if you're interested.
They offer egg white protein shakes at really good prices, as well as a beef protein isolate (so shouldn't have the insulin spiking problem). You can also make your own custom blend, I'm thinking 30% beef, 45% egg white, 15% whole egg, 10% casein. They also have soup blends with 26g of protein:
which I heard isn't that bad.
I say yay! I have been drinking Isopure ZeroCarb protein mix (zero carbs, zero lactose and zero sugar.) every morning for the past month (4HB follower since last December). One scoop in a glass of cold water is 25-30g protein (serving suggestion is 2 scoops for 50g protein, so I just have one heaping scoop to get to about 30g). It's not the tastiest, but it's quick, and I did notice an increase in weight loss after switching to from eggs and cottage cheese to the protein powder for breakfast.
I've only been on the SCD for a week now but from what I have read on the use of Whey Protein Shakes is that using protein powders to meet the '30g of protein within 30 minutes of waking. Is that this may derail your fat-loss efforts, not solely because of the sucralose (which is still bad for weight loss), but also because whey protein spikes your insulin. And since the whole point of slow-carb is to avoid insulin spikes, this is definitely something you want to avoid. I personal was going to use whey Protein until I have read this In many Posts here and in other forms. So I have skipped using it. Although I do have it on hand if need be to use it in a pinch. ei running late for work if I forget us cook breakfast the night before. I always have a zip loc bag on hand in my purse again just in case when I unexpectedly end up out of town and staying the night at my mother's home sometimes I dont want to drive the two hours back home..( Lol ).. hope this helps.. even though I am a Newbie..
A protein shake alone really isn't enough for breakfast, it's the most important meal of the day! And as you pointed out yourself, protein shakes are low in carbs.
Where are you getting your energy from? If you're working out, you need carbs even more as a protein shake isn't going to have enough energy in it. This post explains a lot about why it isn't good to ONLY have a protein shake:
I'd have a shake with some cereal or something like that the get carbs
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