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Protein powders are a fantastic tool to lose weight, and the right protein powder can also help you better nourish your body. As a Pre/Post Natal Fitness Specialist, creator of The Postpartum Cure, and certified nutrition coach, I am obsessed with finding high-quality protein powders (I even created my own!!) to help women lose weight, while also properly nourishing your body. There are many ways protein powders can help women lose weight, so I will run through those, then dive into the ones I think are the best choices.
How protein powders help women lose weight:
- Protein powders blend really well in smoothies, that are fast, easy and filling.
- They are sweet, which can curb sugar cravings
- The offer essential amino acids to maintaining and building muscle (more lean mass the better!)
- They offer additional nutrients, enzymes and probiotics that can boost your overall health and energy!
- Usually lower in calories, you consume lots of nutrients for each calorie
What Makes A Great Protein Powder for Weight Loss?
There are a few components that are necessary to make a great protein powder that will help you lose weight. I specialize in helping women lose weight, specifically breastfeeding mamas, but the details in the protein powder are very much the same.
First, you need a decent amount of protein. I like about 20 grams or more per serving. If you can get in that much protein in one shake, that is awesome. I highly recommend a Pea Protein Isolate if you can’t do dairy, or a whey protein if you can do dairy. Both offer a high amount of protein per serving.
Second, you want under 150 calories or so. If your protein powder contains additional nutrients, the 150 calorie mark is a great bench mark. This will enable you to create shakes around the 200-300 calorie point. Keeping your shakes snack size, still enables you to eat your meals, and you can always bump them up if you want them to fully replace a meal. I find that the 200-300 calorie mark does well for most women looking to lose weight with protein shakes.
Third, a protein powder that offers additional nutritional support is going to help your body maintain energy, thrive with lots of nutrients and absorb more nutrients throughout the day. Grabbing a protein powder that has greens, fruits, digestive enzymes, probiotics and minerals is going to be an overall, high-quality nutritional supplement, rather than just pure protein.
If you are a breastfeeding mama, I have a specific post for you going over the protein powders that I think are best to help you lose weight. I also wrote a specific post on the cleanest protein powder you can get for new moms. Those are great resources if you are still nursing and looking to lose the baby weight.
Here are the top protein powders for weight loss and nourishing your body:
First we have Milk Dust:
This is the protein powder I created specifically to help mamas lose weight by providing essential nutrients specifically for women. It is designed to help you conquer your sugar cravings, which is a huge road block when losing weight. It is full of pea protein, chia seeds, flax seeds and coconut milk powder for a well-balanced source of protein, in addition to essential minerals like chromium, magnesium and folic acid. There are additional herbs like red leaf raspberry, which can help with milk supply, fertility and balancing your hormones. This is SO IMPORTANT with weight loss because PMS symptoms often throw a wrench in your weight loss plans. THIS STUFF HELPS!! Believe me, I’ve been there, and it is really important to get the herbal blends necessary to support your hormones as well. Milk Dust won’t be available to buy until Spring, so sign up for the newsletter to get a discount, and we can move on to the next protein powder.
Second, Ora Organics:
I have loved this protein powder for a long time, and it is full of nutrients, as well as protein. They too offer probiotics, digesetive enzymes, greens and fruits to their blend, which are really beneficial to weight loss. The protein powder blends well, offers some amazing boosts in nutrition, comes from an awesome company and tastes great. The vanilla is light, fresh and sweet, and the chocolate isn’t too much. You can always add cocoa powder to make it richer, or keep it a soft, mocha flavor. I highly recommend this protein powder for weight loss, and until Milk Dust is out, it is my top choice for my weight loss program.
Third is Ideal Raw:
This is another great protein powder with some veggies, fruits, and a pea protein base. There are other proteins in this one like coconut protein and sunflower protein. Their superfoods blend is a great way to boost your nutrition, while also boosting your energy! I’ve used this protein powder as well, and their vanilla is fantastic.
These are my three choices of protein powders for weight loss and nourishment.
I’ve yet to find a whey protein powder with all the nutritional benefits that these plant proteins offer, but I am on the hunt, and as I find more powders I try and love, I will be adding them and going over them here. These are all protein powders that I have USED consistently. Not just trying it once. I used Ideal Raw before I found Ora Organics. I switched to Ora Organics, which then I created my own protein powder for weight loss that specifically targets hormonal function and sugar cravings.
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