Did you know that protein plays a super important role in your health?
Protein is one of the three macronutrients that make up a balanced healthy diet, along with carbohydrates and fats. Although the general understanding of protein is that it is responsible for growth and development in the body, it also has significant health benefits during weight loss and may be successful in preventing weight regain following weight loss. While we still focus on the short-term results of weight loss, sustainability is key in order to prevent weight regain and weight maintenance. Protein can help achieve a sustainable weight loss and can also make this journey more comfortable by controlling hunger levels.
Studies have found that a high protein diet is a successful strategy to prevent and treat obesity through improvements in body weight management. Consuming protein with each meal throughout your day can also positively impact your satiety – which is the psychological response from feeling full, fat mass loss and the preservation of muscle mass. Many studies have also shown that dietary protein has stronger satiety effects than the other macronutrients, dietary fat and carbohydrates.
So, what can you take from this information? Well, since protein is the greatest satiety-inducing macronutrient, it’s important to include protein with most meals and drinks throughout the day, in order to feel satisfied and full after eating. Formulite has the highest protein content (36g per serve) of any meal replacement shake on the protein, so you know you’re fuelling your body with the right macros. Including a protein-rich snack like Formulite’s Meal Replacement Shake & Take Banana Flavour can ensure these feelings of fullness and satiety are reached between meals.
Not sure what foods contain protein?
- High Quality Lean Meats – beef, lamb, veal, pork, kangaroo
- Poultry – chicken, turkey, duck
- Fish & Seafood – fish, prawns, crab, lobster, mussels, oysters, scallops, clams
- Dairy Products – milk, Greek yoghurt, cheese (especially cottage cheese)
- Nuts and Seeds – almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, macadamias, hazelnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds
- Legumes & Beans – all beams, lentils, chickpeas, split peas, tofu
If you’re looking to include more protein into your diet, here are some other products to try out.
The HAPPY WAY Pea Chocolate Protein Powder is super healthy and gives you stellar nutritional value. Soy, pea, rice, and hemp protein are a great alternative for those wanting to try protein supplements without consuming meat or dairy products! Add this delicious, nutritious protein powder to smoothies, protein balls, pancakes or oats to improve your entire day!
Another easy way to incorporate more protein into your life is with protein bars. The Musashi Deluxe Cookie Crunch Protein bar is loaded with flavour and 22g of protein for a snack on-the-go. It’s a convenient, delicious milk chocolate coated bar with a crunchy cookie caramel layer, and a soft fudge textured centre. Great for when you need your protein hit post workout or as an easy and quick snack.
The Optifast VLCD Protein Plus Shake in the flavour Creamy Vanilla is high in protein and is a great source of fibre. Combined with a program of regular light exercise can enhance your wellbeing, and therefore likelihood of success.