Can Protein Powders Help You Lose Weight?

If you’re not familiar with protein powders, your assumption may be that they’re most commonly used to help gain muscle. And while that can be true, protein powders can also be a useful tool if you’re trying to lose a few pounds as well, so don’t dismiss them until you’re clued up. Read on to find out more…

How do protein powders work?

The power of protein lies in the fact that when we eat it, it affects our hunger hormones (called GLP-1 and PYY), which results in us feeling full and satiated, meaning we’re much less likely to graze and snack. As part of its role in helping to build and maintain muscle mass, protein also helps us burn fat, something that in turn helps us to burn more calories even when not working out.

How often should I have protein powder?

Although they can be a useful supplement to your meals, protein powders should never be taken in lieu of a healthy balanced diet. If you want help losing weight or don’t get adequate protein in your day-to-day diet, then a daily protein smoothie or shake is a great additional aid.

What kind of protein powder should I take?

There are lots of different types of protein available and many with favourable benefits, but here at Workshop we’re all about the virtues of pea protein. Containing all the essential amino acids you need, a fermented pea protein, like our Organic Pea Protein Formula is an easily digestible and less allergenic alternative to those derived from soy or wheat. Because our carefully blended formula is also a pure source of protein and not mixed with other kinds, it’s also free from any potential trace sources of heavy metals, which is often not the case with rice proteins.

What else should I look for in a protein powder?

Apart from checking the source of the protein itself, it’s important to make sure your powder doesn’t contain any hidden additives that could be bulking and cause issues such as digestive discomfort and bloating. Beware also of hidden sugars that might be sabotaging your attempts to stay on track and lose weight. Our Organic Pea Protein Formula contains only stevia, a naturally low-calorie sweetener that won’t spike blood sugar levels or contribute to unwanted weight gain.