(Closed) Protein Shakes ?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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2006 posts
Buzzing bee

Hmm I actually use protein shake as a way to control my breakfasts and make them easy to eat on the go!

Pre-made protein shakes can be really high in fat and thus will make you lose weigh. Some protein powders also contain high amounts of fat.

Here is my daily protein shake I make:

  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen, unsweetened berries (strawberries, rasberries, blueberries, etc.)
  • 1 scoop protein powder (130 calories, 2 grams fat, 25 grams protein per scoop)

I think if you made it with whole/2% milk and a higher fat protein powder it may help you pack on a little extra weight.
(BTW are you underweight? There really isn’t much of a reason to try to gain weight before you get pregnant unless you are underweight and having problems conceiving).

 

Post # 4
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510 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’m sure if you eat a protein shake in addition to your daily breakfast it will probably help…but it might not necessarily help as a stand in for your breakfast.

Post # 5
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5 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2005

Andrea makes a great point. It depends a lot on the shake itself. I have a particular brand I have been using since 2005, and it can be used either for weight loss or for weight gain. I used it to lose almost 50 pounds the year I got married…going from a size 12 to the size 4 I was at 18.

To use most protein shakes as weight loss tools, you replace one or two meals with them each day. To use the same shake to help you gain weight, you have one or two a day IN ADDITION to your three meals. I know it sounds like a lot, but it you space everything out, you can manage to get it all in.

What’s great about this method of weight gain versus just eating a lot more calories is that you can control whether you gain muscle or fat. Just because you need to gain weight does not mean you have to gain fat, which is not healthy. If a person honestly is a little on the underweight side and needs to gain some to prepare for pregnancy, gaining it in a more controlled fashion (and gaining mostly muscle) is the healthy way to do it.

As for the comment about protein shakes being high in fat: I’ve never seen any that were, which is why they’re so useful in weight loss. I’m not here to sell my product, though I believe emphatically in this company and their products because they’ve changed my life so much. Aside from the weight I lost, I regained control of my health using a lot of this company’s supplements. I took them through my pregnancy as well and have an amazing, smart, outgoing toddler now.

If you want to use this as a means to gain weight, look for a HIGH quality protein shake. It’s best if it contains a combination of soy and whey protein versus just whey alone. Whey protein comes from animal sources, which increases a person’s cholesterol just as eating red meat does. Look for something with a high nutritional content; lots of various vitamins and minerals, etc. Last but not least, use the shakes as healthy snacks and continue eating your regular meals if you want to gain weight.

If anyone wants to know the brand of product I recommend, they can comment on this thread and I will post it. I won’t unless asked, because like I said, I’m not here to sell anything but rather to share something I know from personal experience. I had such great results that I have gone back to study health and nutrition and am now a personal health and wellness coach. 🙂

Best wishes in all your endeavors!

 

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