Just a quick note on the multi-faceted nature of the humble protein shake. The more popular and common place something becomes, the more likely it is to be taken for granted. Whey protein may be at risk of this, so here is a quick reminder as to how protein can support an active fat loss regime. Protein supports the replenishment of muscle mass, consequently a protein shake after exercise can help to increase the ratio of lean (muscle) mass relative to fat mass. The more lean mass you have the more energy you will burn at rest, this is because muscle is metabolically active i.e. it burns calories for energy when at rest. The more calories you can burn at rest the greater the calorie expenditure when exercising…ever wondered why muscle clad men and women always seem to be hungry?
Not only does protein support muscle development, but it can also increase satiety i.e. it makes you feel full. This is a result of the hormonal shift that follows protein ingestion, but also for the physical space it occupies in the stomach. The more space protein takes up in the stomach the less inclined you’ll be to binge snack.