Losing weight is no easy feat. It requires a lot of dedication and planning, especially when it comes to your diet. Most dieters think that having a protein shake will help fuel their bodies after a workout and help with weight loss, but fitness expert and trainer Max Lowery says that's not always the case. In fact, he refuses to drink protein shakes because of the hidden artificial sweeteners and calories lurking inside--and he says you should avoid them too if you're trying to lose weight!
"Lots of shakes are packed with artificial sweeteners like corn syrup solids, sucralose and acesulfame potassium – companies use these because they are addictive and send a signal to the brain to keep drinking or eating without an off switch — even if they, themselves, don't contain any calories," he says.
Lowery even called out whey protein for lacking in healthy nutrients as it usually comes from "very poor sources."
"A lot of whey protein comes from very poor sources as well, most commercial whey powders are high-heat-treated, acid-flushed, and stripped of vital nutrients, creating an imbalanced, acidic ‘whey isolate’ that's frequently contaminated with synthetic additives, chemical detergents and heavy metals. It's no wonder they have to use all these sweeteners to cover the taste," he continues.
If you still want to enjoy a protein shake after a workout or as a snack, Lowry suggests reading the labels of your go-to protein powder very carefully to avoid consuming these unhealthy additives. But, he says nothing compares to the wholesome goodness of eating real food. "There is no quick fix to getting fit and healthy, don’t waste your money consuming dust. Eat real food," Lowry says.
This is something that all fitness and health experts can agree on. Bill Ross, NASM Certified Master Trainer, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and founder of Bill Ross Fit, says that a proper diet should consist of a healthy balance of real food. "Real food means fresh vegetables, fruits and lean sources of protein," he explains. “Balance means not overeating of any one food group.”
Good to know! We'll definitely keep these healthy tips in mind as we try to maintain our 2018 healthy eating resolutions!