Saturday, August 21, 2010

Protein - The Key to Effective Weight Loss

Herbalife is a long-time believer in the power of protein. For years, we've offered our customers a wide variety of protein-rich products to enhance their weight loss, weight management and nutrition. Recent scientific studies have created a new understanding of the role protein plays in a healthy diet and in weight loss especially. It's nothing less than a nutrition revolution and, as always, Herbalife is ready to take you there!

Protein for Healthy Living
According to the latest statistics, the obesity epidemic continues to grow worldwide and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Those who have adequate amounts of protein in their diet, however, may find they've escaped being part of this alarming trend! That's because the latest nutritional research indicates that protein has numerous dietary benefits that give a boost to weight-loss efforts.

One of the principal advantages of protein is that it creates a feeling of fullness and satisfaction in the body that makes overeating much less likely. Besides being filling, protein is a smart addition to any weight-loss or weight management program because of the effect it has on carbohydrate cravings.

As nutritional research has documented, carbohydrates trigger the brain to crave more carbohydrates, leading to a cycle of carbohydrate eating that becomes hard to control. Protein can block that triggering effect in the brain. If you eat protein with a carbohydrate it will reduce the cravings caused by eating the carbohydrate.

Not all proteins are created equal!
As you incorporate protein into your diet, remember that not all protein is equal when it comes to calories. For example, a serving of steak has 1,500 calories! That's why Herbalife created a variety of healthy protein products to help you get adequate protein in your diet and lose weight. Our meal-replacement shakes offer a combination of heart-healthy soy protein, vitamins and minerals in great-tasting flavours that satisfy your taste buds as well as your appetite.

Eat Smaller Portions, But Eat More Often
If your goal is to lose weight, the worst thing you can do is eat nothing all day and then consume one big meal at night. The body is a survival system. If more than four hours go by without food, your metabolism slows down in an effort to preserve energy and to help the body to survive. This means that while ordinarily you might burn 80 calories an hour talking on the telephone, you will now burn only 60 calories an hour. You could and should have eaten something earlier; you would have lost more weight.

Your goal is to feed your body scientifically so that you are not tired, you burn the maximum fat and you are never hungry. The best way to do this is to eat more often than the traditional three times a day. The idea is to eat often, but eat smaller portions than usual! Every time you eat a little something, your metabolism speeds up in order to process the food taken in and release energy to you for immediate use.

The Correct Amount of Protein
The body absorbs protein in small amounts of about 20-30 grams per meal. For this reason, it is inadvisable to consume more than that in one sitting. Excess protein is stored by the body in the form of fat, the same as any other excess calories. The ideal way to consume protein then is in three or more smaller portions a day, as opposed to one large portion a day.

The Herbalife Weight Loss Program is a perfect fit:
One serving of Herbalife Formula 1 in yoghurt or fruit juice. On the weight loss program this is taken twice a day, usually breakfast and lunch.

A mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack of a small tub (200 grams) of low fat yoghurt gives the body more protein – we even have chocolate protein bars for those with a sweet tooth.

Dinner should consist ideally of a lean meat protein source, such as skinless chicken, fish or a low fat pork or veal. In this way the body is getting a continuous supply of protein that is not too much and will be burnt up by the body and will keep the metabolism running at an optimum level. It is also getting a minimal amount of saturated fats.

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