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What’s the Best Protein Shake for Weight Loss?

A: Easy to prepare and easy to digest, protein shakes take all of the guesswork out of dieting, making them an ideal meal replacement for rapid, sustainable weight loss.

Drink This!

What’s the Best Protein Shake for Weight Loss?

A: Easy to prepare and easy to digest, protein shakes take all of the guesswork out of dieting, making them an ideal meal replacement for rapid, sustainable weight loss.

FAQ: What’s the Best protein Shake for Weight Loss?

The best shake for a rockin’ body is typically the one that’s made at home, without any of the excess sugar, dairy and artificial ingredients typical of high-calorie store-bought varieties. A healthy balance of protein, fiber and healthy fats will keep you full and maintain lean muscle mass while providing your body with a wide range of fat-burning nutrients.

Plant-based protein powders are equally effective at improving body composition as dairy-based products, research shows, without the bloating side effects. Brands marketed as “blends" provide a complete amino acid profile that’s necessary for muscle building and fat burning.

A serving or two of fruit adds fiber and natural sweetness to a shake. Research shows frozen varieties are particularly rich in antioxidants. They also give smoothies volume and an ice cream-like consistency. For the best weight loss shakes, try to make sure that every fruit is balanced by a vegetable, like mild-tasting spinach.

Stick to low-calorie, dairy-free blending fluids like water, unsweetened iced teas, or unsweetened milk alternatives.

A tablespoon (or less) of healthy fat can make a fruity shake more satiating by blunting its glycemic index — a measure of how quickly blood sugar rises in response to food, with lower numbers being better for weight loss.

For more weight loss shake tips and tricks:

Find out how to make a protein shake at home for weight loss and muscle growth.

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