I’ve often written about the importance of protein in our diet. Most of us have a diet quite high in carbohydrates and low in protein. Every cell in our body needs protein to maintain its life, with protein being essential for tissue repair and construction of new tissue. Using a protein powder is an easy way to ensure we have sufficient protein in our diet.
For many years, Whey Protein Isolate (WPI) was the protein used in most protein formulas. These days many prefer plant-based proteins, such as pea and brown rice protein powders. Plant based proteins are far more easily digested which obviously is important
Protein is essential for rebuilding muscle. When we are exercising, we break down muscle, which is why it is important to eat sufficient protein after exercising.
Often exercising goes hand in hand with the desire to lose weight. A protein powder I particularly like, contains organic raw pea protein and organic sprouted fermented brown rice protein as well as other herbs and amino acids which may help with controlling appetite, fat metabolism and fat loss.
Some of the more significant ingredients in this formula are –
Matcha Green Tea – We know green tea is high in antioxidants, however, it is also believed to increase thermogenesis which is the body’s rate of burning calories. As I wrote in a recent article, Matcha Green Tea is a much stronger form of green tea and therefore more effective in burning fat and boosting the metabolism.
Green Coffee Bean - The active ingredient in Green Coffee Bean extract is chlorogenic acid. Our body needs energy every minute of every day and chlorogenic acid inhibits the conversion of sugar to energy. Instead, the body obtains its energy from fat stores, converting fat into energy and encouraging weight loss. Hence the benefit of including Green Coffee Bean in this formula.
Carnitine – This amino acid which assists in metabolising fats and is often used in sports supplements as it may be helpful in improving endurance and building muscle. Its other function is to aid the conveyance and metabolism of long chain fatty acids into the muscle cells which is then burnt for energy production.
Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) - Medium Chain Fats can be digested more readily and transported straight to the liver, having a positive thermogenic benefit. They are not stored as fat, however burned by the body for fuel.
Other ingredients included are caffeine, guarana, inositol, and choline.
This protein powder comes in 4 scrumptious flavours – Honeycomb, Dark Chocolate, Iced Coffee and Super Berry.
With COVID lockdown now finally over, many of us are probably feeling a little sluggish and have maybe added a few extra kilos. Before Christmas arrives maybe it’s time to get serious about some fitness and weight loss. Adding a protein powder with these extra weight loss ingredients may be just what we need.