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A 34-year-old member asked:

How is it possible that protein shakes help you lose weight?

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Dr. Kevin Owoc
Dentistry - Prosthodontics 20 years experience
Body eats up carbs!: When drinking protein shakes to lose weight, the basic principle behind all of this, regardless of the shake used, is that you are forcing your body to take carbohydrate and fat stores in your body to use as energy. Carbohydrates and fat are the first sources of energy your body will use. By decreasing the availability of them to your body, it will rely on more protein which will decrease weight.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

How do protein shakes help you lose weight if it is still a shake?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
If used as : Sustitute for food. Protein drinks may help in losing weight if you reduce your caloric intake by subsisting on protein shakes and foregoing other foods. Protein shakes donot provide balanced nutrition and you are advised to consult a nutritionist or your doctor before embarking on an extreme diet.There is no substitute for caloric restriction and increase in physical activity to loss weight.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can protein shakes in the morning before workin out help you lose weight?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
A Verified Doctoranswered
Rheumatology 53 years experience
Not really: The key to losing weight to portion control and minimizing carbohydrate intake.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

Can protein shakes help weight loss, or just bulking?

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Dr. Andrew Lipton
Holistic Medicine 31 years experience
Muscle building: Muscle are composed of protein, so when stimulating muscle growth through weight lifting, it is essential to have protein in your diet. This can be real food, or supplements. Protein shakes can be meal replacements as well. Weight loss is from decreasing your caloric consumption.
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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 30 years experience
If your consumption was excessive and you replaced a meal with a protein shake, you might just find that you lose weight.
Jul 6, 2013
A 36-year-old member asked:

Do you think I should try protein shakes to help with my weight loss?

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Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 42 years experience
Why?: They won't help you lose weight, gain muscle or anything positive, although your wallet will lose weight. Save your money, and your health. Learn to eat and exercise properly for the rest of your life. Don't get medical info from friends, tv or the internet. Adding in "protein" shakes just adds in extra calories, which you don't need and is hard on your kidneys.
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Last updated Jan 15, 2014
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