I am not a big morning person and find it hard to eat breakfast. But this sets me up for failure by the end of the day. The appeal of protein shakes is to gain the benefits of a meal and to avoid plunging by lunch and night with hunger and cravings. I too have a sweet tooth which does not fare well with night time munchies and not eating solid three meals. I am hoping the shake will sustain me in the morning and set me up for success for the rest if the day/evening. Maybe after a while I can get used to eating in the morning.
I totally agree fad diets are not life changes. And I know from personal experience they cause more harm than good. I never want to go down that road again. In the past I was happy not being a breakfast eater, however now I realize it's not a good thing. Hoping having a healthy shake in the morning will help. :)
3/31/12 8:14 P
I take Whey Protien as a base for my breakfast smoothies. With all primarily liquid diets, you will not sustain that lifestylf forever. All liquid diets fail for that reason. If you incorporate a smoothie for breakfast, and two healthy meals that have variation in them you will succeed. You have to make the choices and find the right combination for you. Please don't rely on two shakes a day. You will get bored with your meal choices, and they you will start craving everything under the sun because you are restricting yourself. Everything in moderation and the cravings and urges to pig out on the yummy stuff will literally go away. I've been through all of this, and hope to spare you from my disappointment and time wasted.
I have the biggest sweet tooth, by that I mean I was a huge sugar addict. I would eat cookies, cakes, candy anything that was put in front of me just because it was there. The breakfast smoothies seem to help me with that, because I pack it with different fruit (and veggie) combinations that it takes the sweet cravings away.
I'm saying this just to help you avoid any fad diets / quick solution diets that will most likely be disappointing in the end. I've pretty much done them all, low fat, low sugar, low carb, liquid diets, diet pills that kill your appetite. Your body knows what it needs, listen to it and the secret for me is to eat only when hungry, and eat only until satisfaction so I don't overeat at a meal.
Good luck with whatever road you take. I wish you much success on any decision you make. But, if you trust the SP program, you won't need the fad diets anymore. It's only taken me about 16 years to finally figure it out.
By the way, my breakfast smoothies usually consist of 1 cup spinach, 2 servings of fruits (any combo), greek yogurt, Jillian Michaels Whey Protien. It's high protien, plus you get three servings fruit / veggie servings to start your day. I was actually able to give up morning coffee with this because it was satisfying, didn't need coffee and it usually kept me full for 4 hours.
If you are looking for quick protien drink snacks, I used to drink EAS Carb Control pre-made shakes. They were 110 calories, low sugar / carbs and 17 grams protien. I'd drink that and have grapes for a snack.
i just started drinking GNC lean shakes this week. But I would much rather drink Whey protein shakes for health reasons. Which one do you drink? Do you mix it with anything or just plan milk and powder? thanks =o)
1/19/12 10:31 P
I appreciate everyones responces. I think some people have the impression that I plan to ONLY drink the shakes and thus fall short on other nutriants. But I said in my 1st couple posts that I will also consume fruits and veggies for snacks as well as chicken and potatoe for dinner.... I plan to consume a 1600 cal diet for now, and decrease cals later.
Also, today I found soy milk, its 50% more calcium, less sugar and less cals :D
Edited by: PHOTO_LOVER at: 1/19/2012 (22:32)
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3,526 1/19/12 7:11 P
I love Designer Whey - I mix a scoop of it with skim milk. Sometimes I will have it for dinner or breakfast if I am in a rush, or don't really feel like eating. I use it to spike my protein intake. I am always in the low range, and I have been told i should consume more.
I think it is by far the best tasting powder that I have tasted. I was going to try GNC's lean shake, but I am not really impressed with all of the sugar.
I don't always replace a meal, but it is nice to have something on hand just in case.
1/19/12 6:55 P
I actually just bought some today but only for those days when I come up short on my protein that way I can make it up without the extra fat and carbs.
You know how things like whey protein and soy milk always have fine print that says, "NOT TO BE USED AS BABY FORMULA!"? That's because it's not complete enough nutrition. If that was all your baby (or you) had to eat, she (or you) would die. Now, you're not going to die from two protein shakes and a regular meal. You'll get enough nutrition from your meal to survive. But you're not going to be particularly healthy. You need fiber, carbs, vitamins (the whey protein has a lot of B vitamins, but no A, C, E, K, etc) and some non-animal fats. If you leave out two meals a day and eat just protein, you're not going to get enough of all those other things.
Read the label of the Designer Whey. I bet that somewhere on there it's going to say that it's not a weight-loss product. It may be in very small print, but it's usually there somewhere, because that's not what protein powders are for. Protein powders are meant as a supplement for people who, for some reason, can't eat enough protein. They're meant to be an extra, not a food in and of themselves.
And that food versus supplement issue is important for another reason. Does the label say "Nutrition Facts," or does it say "Supplement Facts?" If it says supplement, that means they're not selling it as a food. Things sold as supplements are not subject to the same laws for truth in labelling or for safety and purity that foods have to meet. It doesn't automatically mean they're dangerous, but in some cases there have been problems with contamination in supplements or with them containing very different ingredients that what the label says. When that does happen, there's no agency that keeps track and makes them do a recall, and if you were harmed by something like that, you would have very limited opportunities for compensation. If you have any allergies, especially, be very skeptical of supplements that you take in large amounts.
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8,044 1/19/12 5:06 P
I have heard that Whey protein is easier digested than other "protein powders". I use designer whey twice a day. I do only use 2 TBSP and not the HUGE Scoop that comes in the container. I figure that is about 1/2 a scoop. I have them, but NOT as a meal replacement. more of a snack instead.
I did protein shakes for breakfast and lunch for over 4 months and did not really lose anything. My doctor and I decided that I had to stop because I was getting too much protein. I am now back to salads for lunch and a huge green smoothie for breakfast. I am getting back to where I am comfortable.
You don't want to get too much protein. I actually put on about 7 pounds. I am now working on getting it off. When I do use whey protein I make sure that it is cold pressed vs heat pressed. The cows are also greenfed. I get my protein from Jordin Rubin and trust his processing.
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1/19/12 1:16 P
"...but yes, i'm going to eat low fat" Why?
designer whey is not balanced - as you can see by the nutrition information it is mostly protein - look at the macronutrient breakdown - ideally each macro amount should be nearly the same. As each gram fat is just over twice the calories of carbs & proteins you should look for something that has equal amounts of protein & carbs with fat amounting to half the amount of protein & carbohydrates.
Edited by: GDBEAR65 at: 1/19/2012 (13:16)
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1/19/12 1:10 P
Before you start, it would be a good idea to Log in all the food and shakes that you plan to eat for one day.
Then, click on the button that says SEE TODAY'S FULL REPORTS on the bottom of the page.
It will give you a pie chart so you can see if you met your protein, fat, and carboydrates.
Also, you don't need to eat low fat to lose weight. Eating at your fat range won't make you fat.
I can't help but shake my head furiously. I too have been tempted to opt our with frozen meals and meal replacements but it is not a long term or particularly healthy way to do things. If you want to try frozen meals or some kind of real food but portion control method for first few weeks to truly control and get used to how much food you need to eat great but it isn't a coping mechanism. A protein drink with a piece of fruit for breakfast great. But lunch and dinner should be lean protein and veggies. Yoplait is not great. Look at calories to sugar to protein ratios for the key. My favorite is a Kroger/QFC brand carbmasters at 60 calories had like 3grams of sugar and 6 grams of protein. Also on fruit you have to remember a piece of fruit is not a single serving often and lower fiber fruits often carry a ton of sugar, natural but still not good to eat much of. Best bet is to get a food scale, weigh your protein, starches etc for size and calories, bulk up on fillers like green veggies. Its healthy eating, it really is simple if you make it.
1/19/12 12:59 P
I dont' know anything about micro nutrients...but yes, i'm going to eat low fat
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1/19/12 12:54 P
chicken 3 oz has 19.64 grams of protein and the two shakes total 36 grams of protein so that's a total of approximately 55.6 grams of protein per day.
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1/19/12 12:14 P
"As long as it is balanced as a meal replacement rather than just a protein shake then it's fine to have as a meal." This is key - protein powders are not meal replacements. Slim-fast and other meal replacements are often loaded with sugar and other questionable ingredients. I know of a product that is balanced and completely natural - if you are interested please send me a PM.
1/19/12 12:10 P
Thanks for the responce! I understand the importance of getting in enough calories. I still plan to consume 1400 cals. I plan to make up the rest of the cals in fruits and veggies...I have my yoplait yogurt, but I wonder if thats actually "good for you"??? Also, chicken and sweet. pot's for dinner.
As long as it is balanced as a meal replacement rather than just a protein shake then it's fine to have as a meal. Just keep in mind that if you want to keep the weight off you need to develop habits you can stick with long term. Also you don't want your calories to go too low and it sounds like what you are thinking of doing may be too low calorie....try tracking a day to see what the calories are and to make sure you aren't missing out on any nutrients.
I have used slim fast in the past and from that I'd wonder if you will be able to feel satisfied from two liquid meals. For the same calories as most of those replacement shakes you could make a salad of various veggies and some protein with vinegar dressing.
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33 1/19/12 11:54 A
I was going to make a trip to Sam's to buy my case of Slim Fast, but wondering what's the take on whey/protein vs SlimFast. How do I know what whey/protein is for me? I'm looking for something to help w/ weightloss/curb appetite. Do I make sense? Hope someone can help.
1/19/12 11:41 A
I just picked up a can of Designer whey. I was thinking about doing slimfast, but the sugar is crazy...I found this designer whey and it has only 2g of sugar and way more vitamins/minerals than slimfast.
Anywho...does anyone have any experiance with it??? I plan to replace 2 meals a day with the shake and then eat fruits and veggies for snacks and chicken and sweet potatoes w/ veggies for dinner....what do you think??
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