"Thanks for a great product. Having entered my middle years (age 49) I have found it a struggle to lose weight. While I am not considered to be overweight, I would still like to fit into the clothes now stored away.

Over the last eight years my weight has crept up from 150 lbs to 176. People say, "You're not fat." But I could tell by the way I felt that it just wasn't right. I stopped snacking at night which stopped the weight gain; but to lose weight was nearly impossible. I could never go below 172. No matter what I did, it seemed 172 was the absolute limit.

Then I tried Nutribody Protein®. I finally had cracked the barrier. Now after about five weeks I am down to 166. The encouragement that comes along with it only fuels me more to keep on trying. I'm not sure how close I'll come to that original 150 lbs but I am seeing results that a few weeks ago seemed unreachable. Thanks again."

Lesley Farley
Coal City, West Virginia

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Natural Weight Loss With Nutribody Protein® Shakes

Weight loss -- the Holy Grail of health and nutrition marketing! How many books, diets, programs, pills, and supplements have been sold in the name of weight loss? And yet, how few actually result in healthy weight loss!

In fact, a July 2008 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the average weight loss after two years on either a low fat, low carbohydrate, or Mediterranean diet amounted to a mere 7-10 pounds. According to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, part of the problem is that you can’t just “eat less and exercise more,” but find a diet that satiates for the long-term, so that you feel full with fewer calories. They conclude that one of the best ways to achieve this is a with a high protein diet.

Why A High Protein Diet Helps With Weight Loss

Jon Barron, the product formulator of Nutribody Protein® powder, points out in his newsletter, Making Sense of Weight Loss, that all food eventually breaks down to calories, but not all calories are equal. Fat calories are stored for long term energy and survival and are the least desirable when it comes to weight loss. Sugar is great for short bursts of energy, but any excess is stored as fat in the liver, and repeated use numbs your glycemic response. Complex carbs provide energy that sustains you for several hours, but doesn't build muscle. That means that any weight you lose if dieting mostly on complex carbs will entail more muscle loss than is desirable. In the end, a complete protein is king for several reasons:

  • Protein protects against muscle loss while losing weight, making it easier to burn more calories with extra muscle.
  • Proteins control appetite through specific amino acid molecules – the building blocks of proteins – according to researchers at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Protein produces a sustained decrease in ad libitum caloric intake that may be mediated by increased central nervous system leptin sensitivity and results in significant weight loss, according to a July 2005 study.

How to Select the Best Protein For Weight Loss

Despite all the claims that many are already eating too much protein, current research still shows that a diet higher in protein than carbs and fat cause one to lose weight. The key to the research is that not all proteins are equal. For instance, vegetables tend not to be high in protein, but bioavailability for most vegetable protein is low. Meat proteins have fairly low utilization in the body and tend to be highly caloric for the amount of protein they provide. Egg protein is highly bioavailable, but unfortunately tends to be highly allergenic for many people. Soy and dairy protein are likewise highly allergenic and dairy contains lactose, which many people can’t tolerate. Whey is considered the king of protein by bodybuilders because it is so highly bioavailable and so quickly absorbed. But for weight loss (and maybe for bodybuilders too) it might not be the best choice:

  • Although it does not contain casein or lactose, whey protein’s alpha-lactalbumin, beta-lactoglobulin are highly allergenic. If you're trying to lose weight, you do not want to be consuming allergens, which cause your body to swell up and retain weight.
  • Whey is absorbed very quickly into the body, which is not necessarily a virtue. It causes a condition called aminoacidemia, which triggers large insulin spikes. Also, quick absorption means that satiety does not last long. Hunger returns quickly.

Which brings us to the combination of rice and pea protein as found in Nutribody Protein®. This combination is perfect for weight loss. It’s low calorie, low fat, hypoallergenic, and although it’s bioavailability is almost the same as whey’s, it takes 3-4 hours for full absorption to occur. This means that Nutribody Protein® keeps you feeling satisfied for up to four hours between meals. And Nutribody Protein® maximizes muscle retention while allowing you to cut calories to the minimum.

How much protein do you need for weight loss?

It varies for each person and no standard formula works for everyone. The FDA relies on a Daily Reference Value standard that says you should get 10% of your day’s calories from protein. If you’re eating 2,000 calories a day, that equates to approximately 50 g of protein, according to the FDA. But this makes no allowance for your level of activity – allotting the same amount of protein whether you’re sedentary or athletic. On the other hand, most bodybuilding sites make recommendations based on body weight – from .4 g of protein per pound of body weight if you’re only mildly active to as much as 1 g per pound if you’re highly active. But these formulas make no allowance for what that body weight is composed of. Should a 100 lb girl carrying an extra 100 lbs of body fat (for a total of 200 lbs) really be consuming twice the protein of a 100 lb girl who’s fit?

The best bet is probably to start at 45-50 g of protein a day for a typical adult and incrementally build it up to 85-90 g a day if you’re an amateur athlete. More than a 100 g a day is only for bodybuilders, intensive sports nutrition, performance athletes expending huge amounts of calories, or large muscular body types in physically demanding jobs.

In any case, Nutribody Protein® powder may be the perfect choice to lose weight, no matter what weight loss program you’re on. Even better, it offers a sweet, smooth taste with no preservatives, additives, cholesterol, sugar, or GMOs!