Last Updated on August 26, 2020
“Should I take protein powder to lose weight? ” is a question I’ve been asked before.
No, you don’t need protein powder at all to lose weight. In fact, I don’t really like protein powders that much.
Some people do find protein powder helpful, but I prefer that my clients get their protein from whole foods.
In my third or fourth year of practice, which was a long time ago, I used to put people on weight loss programs. I used protocols from different companies as I was learning the ropes of weight loss. I didn’t feel that I had much of a skill set in that area until at least ten years into my work.
In my early days, I put a patient on protein powder. The patient phoned me a few days later and was really upset. They said, “Oh, I got sick, and I vomited the protein powder! What was that all about?!” After discussing the issue with her, it turned out she put the protein powder into Coca-Cola to make a fizzy soda drink. Now, that’s not the right way to use protein powder!
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Protein powders work. If you’re going to use protein powder, I don’t recommend white protein powder. I much prefer brown rice and yellow pea protein powders.
Still, I prefer to get my protein really from animal sources and vegetable sources, not from powders. I find it a more natural approach. It just seems more natural for me to eat a beautiful piece of New Zealand fish or a couple of boiled eggs.
I prefer to eat small pieces of protein like that mixed in with some vegetable matter. I don’t usually sit down to eat slabs of meat anymore. I think the biggest chunk of meat I probably would have would be a piece of salmon.
If you want to build weight, protein powders can be good for putting on muscle mass. The problem with these protein powders is when you mix them with drinks that have too much sugar or chemicals.
If you are going to use protein powder, find one that contains no sugar or other sweeteners. Try to get raw, 100% brown rice protein mixed with some yellow pea protein. You can add some unsweetened oat or almond milk to the protein powder.
Again, I prefer to have eggs or fish in my diet than something made in a factory. It’s your decision, but whatever you chose, go the healthy, natural route.