You can’t go very far these days without hearing about the importance of incorporating more protein in your diet. A high-protein, low-sugar diet has been touted as the best plan for burning fat and calories and building muscle. And, for the most part, there is truth to that rule.
But it’s rarely a good idea to take anything to an extreme, and that includes eating too much of any one nutrient.
This is the one protein you should never have after 10am because it makes it harder to lose weight.
Smoothies are great for hectic mornings and can provide an abundance of vitamins and minerals in one glass.
But the popularity of protein shakes and smoothies also means you could be relying on this beverage a little too often. And both its high protein and sugar content can add up fast.
According to Live Science: “While eating more protein than what's recommended is not necessarily bad for you, if the excess protein in a diet is contributing to excess calories, it can contribute to weight gain.”
If you are whipping up protein shakes as an after-lunch snack, and are then enjoying another smoothie after dinner or a workout, you could be taking in too many calories and assuming it’s okay because the shake contains protein, courtesy of a protein powder.
The problem with these smoothies isn’t usually the protein powder itself, although it is important to read labels and choose powders that are low in sugar. More often than not, we add sweet fruits and ingredients like sweetened almond milk, flavored yogurt, or juice to our blenders to make smoothies more delicious. All of that sugar raises insulin levels and messes with your metabolism, which can cause your body to store extra fat.
By all means, you should enjoy a healthy smoothie once in a while – or even every morning if you are filling your blender with green veggies, protein powder, and low-sugar additives. But limiting your smoothie consumption to one a day is a good idea if you’re trying to lose weight and want to avoid consuming too many calories in one glass.