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Can Protein Supplements Be Added In A Weight Loss Programme?

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Dr. Suneet Khanna 87% (85 ratings)
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi  •  36 years experience
Can Protein Supplements Be Added In A Weight Loss Programme?

Protein supplements have been gaining popularity among health-conscious people recently. These can be incorporated in weight loss programmes, as it helps you burn fat and increases the strength of the body. But before you do, here are some additional information and tips for you to follow. 

  • Know the benefits of consuming protein

A food item that contains protein has a high nutritional value. It has vitamin E, omega- 3 fatty acids, magnesium, iron, zinc, B- complex vitamins, choline, and zinc. A high protein diet is usually considered ideal for weight loss. You can use supplements, as it is a good alternative source of protein and contains some of the vital nutrients which protein has.

  • Avoid protein supplements that add sweetener

To improve the flavour, some protein supplements use artificial sweeteners. You should avoid consuming such products, as they may lead to certain side effects like vomiting, bloating, and nausea. It is also hard for the body to metabolize such products.

  • Low-calorie intake

Some food items, which are rich in protein, may contain a high amount of calorie. Consuming protein supplements instead will decrease overall calorie consumption. 

  • Do not rely only on protein supplements for weight loss

To lose weight effectively, you should have a balanced diet. A balanced diet is the one that contains the proper amount of carbohydrates, protein, and other minerals. Therefore, you should not completely depend on protein supplements for burning your fats. Try to consume leafy vegetables, legumes, beans along with it.

  • Avoid certain food items

Consuming protein supplements will not have any positive effect on the body if you do not stop eating processed food, alcohol, artificial sugar, and greasy food.

  • Use it in a moderate amount

You should never take high doses of protein supplements, as it can affect your stomach, kidney, and liver. It may also cause osteoporosis. Consume it in moderation.

Protein supplements may turn out to be beneficial for health and aid in weight loss if taken in the proper way. Some protein supplements may contain a high level of contaminants like mercury, arsenic, and cadmium. Consuming such supplements may lead to serious health problems. Protein supplements may also lead to problems like headaches, lightheadedness, dizziness, constipation, irritability and stomach cramps. So always consult an expert before using any such products.






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