The prime goal for any strength trainer is to gain muscle weight without gaining dreaded body fat. Integrating Protein into your regular diet ensures that you can build muscle, increase strength, & gain lean muscle weight, whilst preventing excess body fat from creeping in. The only problem is that protein alone cannot sustain a healthy body. So, most protein formulas contain Carbohydrates, which can easily convert to fat if not managed correctly. Carbohydrates & fats are an important part of everyday diets & produce many positive effects – it’s just a matter of minimising their negative effects on the body. Recent fat loss fads such as the Atkins Diet encourage high protein diets with minimal carbohydrate intake (no higher than 20% carbs per day). This is not a healthy long term answer as carbohydrates are one of the body’s natural physical & mental sources of energy & they also contain fibre, which are helpful in maintaining healthy weights and body composition. We still want our bodies to benefit from carbs; we just don’t want those carbs to convert to fat.
Weight Loss Protein/Weight Loss Proteins are recently developed powder supplements to assist with fat loss. The formulas initially combined ingredients including: hydroxy citric acid, phaseolamin & chromium picolinate which prohibit the conversion of carbohydrates to body fat. As the category of fat loss proteins has evolved, supplement manufacturers have enhanced their formulations to include complexes to increase thermogenesis & fat burning, suppress appetite, aid in lean muscle growth, activate thyroid function & suppress cortisol. Many of these ingredients include a mixture of amino acids and botanicals1. By combining these ingredients & complexes with a quality Whey Protein Isolate or Whey Protein Hydrolysate you have a powerful formula for a leaner, stronger & more muscular body.
The positive effects that protein can offer the body are vast. Not only can it be vital for muscle growth & repair, it is one of the body’s three natural sources of energy & can contribute to a faster metabolic rate. It is also interesting to note that the body uses more energy to digest protein than it does for carbohydrates2, which results in more calories being burned. Several studies have been able to show that increasing your protein intake, which can in turn reduce the glycemic index of your meals can benefit weight loss and improve weight maintenance.3,4 This is due to a variety of factors, some of which includes an increase energy expenditure with protein intake. The thermic effect of food, which is the raised metabolism from the digestion and absorption of nutrients peaks about one hour after eating and at a higher level with protein2, which is why eating six smaller meals throughout the day is recommended over three large meals - it means that you can keep the body's metabolic rate high, causing more calories to be burned. Fat loss proteins work to this theory of higher protein levels, with the aim to increase metabolic rates, thus reducing body fat. They also ensure that our carbohydrates are being processed the healthy way, as an energy source, rather than turning into fats that our bodies don’t need or want. Fat loss proteins may be stacked with other fat loss supplements including thermogenic fat burners, CLA or fat metabolisers (just be sure not to increase your dosage of a particular ingredient beyond manufacturers recommended intakes). Fat loss proteins are excellent for the trainer looking to reduce fat & maintain a lean physique whilst simultaneously building muscle.
Weight Loss Protein Powders & Supplements are commonly presented & sold as Formulated Supplementary Sports Foods in Australia. Fat loss proteins are not a sole source of nutrition and should be used in conjunction with an appropriate physical training or exercise programme. Not suitable for children under 15 years or pregnant women. Should only be used under medical or dietetic supervision. Always read label prior to use.