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“Wheying” The Need For Protein This Summer

“Wheying” The Need For Protein This Summer

by April 22, 2015 0 comments

One consequence of lowering your protein intake is that you lose muscle mass. This in turn lowers your metabolic rate and can consequently increase your chances of storing body fat. Protein is unique from a weight loss perspective in that it can raise your metabolism. Whey protein has also been shown to possess mild appetite suppressant properties due in part to a protein called glycomacropeptide, which is found naturally in whey. One of the major drawbacks of many diets is that long before any significant fat loss occurs, we lose considerable amounts of muscle. This is especially true of calorie-restricted diets. One study found that up to 1.37 lbs of muscle (and water) are sacrificed by simply cutting 500 calories from your daily diet. This occurs because the body needs a steady source of energy and, when that’s not available as a result of dieting, our body turns to muscle to supply this “energy deficit”. Unfortunately, we lose a significant amount of muscle and water with the mistaken belief that we’ve lost fat. From a weight loss perspective muscle loss should be avoided at all costs; the greater the amount of lean muscle tissue we have, the more efficient our metabolism will be naturally. Fortunately whey protein can help minimize the amount of muscle lost during the early stages of dieting without contributing to weight gain.


Traditional whey protein shakes tend to be thicker, heavier and heartier. Not always the most desirable choice in the summer when most of us have a weaker appetite and want something light and refreshing. Fortunately, whey protein powders are now available in a form that satisfies all the benefits we’ve just discussed, but are also light, refreshing, fruity and make an excellent light summer drink. They have a juice-like texture as opposed to tasting like a rich milkshake, and are great to take along with you in a shaker cup with some ice. This way when you quench your thirst, you are also quenching your body’s need for high quality protein. When choosing these new lighter proteins look for ones that use a CFM Whey Protein Isolate. Not only are they higher in protein, they are virtually fat, and lactose free, and usually have less than 2g of carbs per serving. With these new lighter whey protein shakes available you can benefit from whey all summer long!


WITH THE ARRIVAL OF SUMMER COMES a general feeling of wellness. A sense of health and vitality that we don’t always experience during the long winter months. As a result of this sense of wellness many of us feel we can stop using key nutritional products and supplements that can benefit us year round. One such product that you really shouldn’t neglect this summer is whey protein.


We need for our bodies to function at their optimum. It also offers tremendous therapeutic benefits including anticancer activity, osteoporotic benefits, immune modulating effects, antimicrobial, and prebiotic properties, antioxidant activity, cardiovascular protection, and intestinal support. Needless to say, no other protein offers nearly so many health benefits as whey. In fact, an entire book could be dedicated entirely to the therapeutic benefits of whey!

Whey protein in particular offers unique advantages that most other protein choices lack. Whey is the most rapidly absorbed protein, with the highest Biological Value rating (a measure of the protein retention in our bodies and in turn the quality of that protein). Whey has the highest known concentration of branched chain amino acids (BCAA’s) and provides all the essential amino acids


Most of us are arguably more active in the summer than any other time of the year. Outdoor activities like cycling, roller-blading, and walking are all great forms of exercise that allow us to take advantage of our great summertime climate. With this increase in activity the bodies demand for protein increases. We not only use protein to build muscle, but a significant amount of the energy we require for exercise comes directly from protein stored in our muscles. As much as 15% of our energy requirements during exercise are supplied in the form of protein (BCAA’s in specific). If we don’t consume enough dietary protein to meet these demands our body “cannibalizes” muscle tissue to satisfy these demands, leading to an undesirable loss of precious lean tissue. Consuming extra dietary protein in the form of whey can prevent this. Whey also offers seniors some unique advantages over other proteins. Whey was shown in a recent study to considerably slow down muscle loss due to ageing. Whey is also unique in that it is one of the most efficient & effective protein choices we can use to build & repair muscle.

Nelson Narciso, B.Sc., R.P. | Wellness Education Consultant

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