The reason I share with you all of these different options, like the Beginners Guide to the Keto Diet, meditation, yoga, 6 Easy Ways to Be Healthier Each Day, and now protein shakes, is so you can decide what is right for you. What you want to try. And see what works for you personally. Everyone is different, so what works for one person might not work for another.
I know I have said this before, and I am going to say it again. Everyone is looking for that quick easy fix. That something that will help them see results fast.
We live in a fast-paced world. We want everything yesterday and if we aren’t seeing results today, then it must not be working.
It is easy to understand why so many people add protein shakes to their routine. Before you start adding it to your routine, there are a few pros and cons you should be considering.
What Are Protein Shakes
First let’s go over what protein shakes are. Protein shakes can be pre-mixed, or powder based. It contains protein and other nutrients.
They are typically used to build muscle or lose weight. The results can be seen quicker than using other methods and they can also be used to replace a meal.
The reason it is important to understand what these shakes are, is so you can better determine if they are going to be right for you.
I know I have used protein shakes in the past without really knowing much about them. All I really knew is that they could help me build muscles.
But with something that can affect your body so much, it is important to have all of the facts. With that being said, I am not trying to encourage or discourage anyone from using these products. I just want you to be fully informed before you make a decision.
Pros of Protein Shakes
The reason so many people use protein shakes is because of the benefits you can get from it. These benefits make it more appealing to use than other supplements. These pros include:
- Helps Lose Weight
- Helps Build Muscle
- Can Replace a Meal
- Extra Protein
Opting for a protein shake can be very quick and convenient for those with a busy schedule. Maybe you don’t have time to make a protein packed meal. These drinks help with that.
It can give the added benefit of helping you lose weight and gain muscle, if it is used right.
There are some people that cannot get enough protein from their diet, such as those who are vegan, so this can help them get the added protein and nutrients they need.
Cons of Protein Shakes
Many people tend to focus on the positives when it comes to these drinks, without looking at the negatives that come with it.
These are important to know so you can be sure you aren’t harming your body more than helping. The cons include:
- Excess Calories
- Excess Protein
- Unwanted ingredients
Most people can get the recommended amount of protein in a day without adding any supplements, such as a shake.
By having excess protein, it causes your body to take in more calories than necessary. This can cause you to gain weight rather than lose weight.
The extra protein can also cause health related issues, like causing your liver and kidneys to work harder to break those proteins down.
Some of these products have unlisted ingredients that can be harmful to your body, like stimulants.
You also might not be getting the nutrition you need if you are supplementing these drinks for meals. They do not have as much of nutritional value as a well-balanced meal.
And because it contains calories, you have to reduce calories elsewhere in your diet. This is so you don’t gain weight, but it also means you most likely won’t get enough fiber in your diet. Not getting enough fiber can lead to constipation and even diverticulitis.
Keep In Mind
It is best to keep in mind both the pros and cons of protein shakes when you are deciding if they are right for you.
In some cases they can be extremely helpful, but in others they can be harmful. You want to avoid any products with the words “rapid weight loss” or “rapidly gain muscle”. These usually contain additives that you don’t want. So always read the label carefully.
It is always best to consult a dietitian to see if using these products are right for you. You can also have your doctor watch for any protein related health problems that might arise.