The Power of Protein in Your Diet

 
Add more protein into your diet...for less fat

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protein shake diet Thank goodness for protein

We need protein in our diet  to stay strong and healthy. If we don't eat enough our bodies will steal it from our muscles and organs. In fact, protein is essential for the development of our muscles, which lead to an increase in the burning of calories. Our muscles could be described as fat furnaces as they keep our metabolism running high.

And protein is very good at curbing appetite and balancing blood sugar in contrast to many "fast release" carbohydrate based foods and snacks.

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Too many fast releasing carbohydrates lead to weight gain

Traditionally we were taught that carbohydrates should provide our body with its primary supply of energy. However, many people have confused fast releasing carbohydrates (pasta, cakes) and slow releasing carbohydrates (whole grains, vegetables) eating too many of the former-the tempting, convenient, tasty variety! Most of us lead sedentary lives, so any excess energy from carbohydrate-rich food) is stored as fat.

Cereals and toast for breakfast, jacket potato for lunch, pasta for dinner and rice cakes, cereal bars and biscuits for snacks?!   "My diet had been almost all carbs i had no nutrition going into my body"

Excess carbohydrates in your diet?-Insulin the storage hormone

BBC Programme about the science of losing weight - practical demonstrations on the value of getting protein into every meal

Optimize your protein intake in your diet and lose weight!

Remember to:


1. Eat regular meals spaced throughout the day
2. Choose slow releasing carbohydrates foods

3. Increase your intake of live foods
(fresh fruit and vegetables)
4. Identify your body's protein needsand consume
the amount you need
How much protein do I need?
On average:
  • Women typically need 80 -100g of protein in their diet per day (calculation based on height and weight)
  • Men need 100-150g protein  per day
  • Receive a personalised programme

How can Herbal Vitality help me?

If you tried to get all the protein you need from foods such as meats, you would consume too many calories, because these protein rich foods come with extra fat calories.

Protein-enriched Meal Replacement Shakes, Protein Supplement Powder and High Protein Low Carbohydrate snack products, contain protein sources which are easily absorbed and assimilated, and which allow you to reach your body's protein requirements without those unwanted calories.

Easy and convenient to follow the programme, so will fit into a busy lifestyle. For example, easy to take a shake for breakfast (in milk or juice or yoghurt) to help balance blood sugar levels, rather than skip breakfast altogether. Its fast food for smart people!

How do I include protein in my daily diet?

If your target is 100g of protein per day, here's an example of how you can consume 100g every day:

Breakfast Formula 1 shake (18.9 g) + 2 tablespoons Formula 3 Personalised Protein Powder(10g )=28.9g
Lunch Formula 1 shake (18.9g)+2 tablespoons Formula 3 Personalised Protein Powder (10g)=28.95 g
Snack Protein Bar(10g) or Soy Nuts (11g) or Soup (7g)
Evening meal 3oz/85g of lean chicken (30g) / 1 cup of tofu(20g)
Total protein 97.8 g
Note: Adding one to three level tablespoons of protein supplement powder to your meal replacement shakes can add up to 15g of high quality protein. We will personalise the programme for you.

And for those concerned about Cholesterol levels? The inclusion of at least 25g Soya protein per day as part a diet low in saturated fats can help reduce blood cholesterol. Two shakes provide 17.8 g of soya protein(71% of the suggested intake of 25 g). An additional 7.2 grams may be obtained from other foods, such as soy plus a serving of soy nuts (10.6 g soya protein per 90g serving) or protein bar (10g) or protein  supplement powder (4.5g soya protein/6g serving) can provide over 25g of soya protein. And new Protein Drink Mix (15g).

Protein comes in the form of meat, soy products, cheese and dairy products. However, most of these are in the form of animal proteins, which add greatly to the bad cholesterol in our bodies. Therefore we need to look for high quality proteins, in our diet, from non-animal sources.

Additional Information:

Dr Herber Video - Explaining how to understand your body and body shape
Susan Bowerman Video - What is protein and why do you need it?
Guide to the Programmes- Which products are best for you?
Keeps you going for longer - Chart hows the impact of using complex carbs and protein in the shakes
Protein Bars and Snacks - Healthy protein based snacks as an alternative to carb based snacks such as rice cakes, sugary choc bars and crisps
Guide to a healthy metabolism - How not to skip meals etc
Vegetarian Diet - How to get protein into every meal
Excess carbohydrates in your diet? - Insulin the storage hormone
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Article by Herbal Vitality. The products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All references to weight control relate to the Herbalife Weight Management Programme which includes, amongst other things, a balanced diet, regular exercise, an adequate daily fluid intake, nutritional supplementation where required and appropriate rest, individual results will vary.

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