Debunking common myths about protein products

It can be difficult to understand the truth about protein. There are many myths surrounding protein and protein products, especially regarding their efficacy to general health and weight loss. You can do your own research online, but much of the information on the internet comes from unreliable sources.

As your nutritional lifestyle experts, we break down the truths behind the top myths circling around protein products.

Myth 1: You need to  drink protein shakes immediately  after you work out

This may be true if you are a professional bodybuilder or athlete, but the average health nut won't see much benefit from it. In fact, if your goal is weight loss, it could work against you. This theory applies to athletes who engage in multiple high-intensity workouts. They often need to maximize their recovery for the next workout or athletic event.

Myth 2: Protein powder helps you gain muscle

Protein powders alone cannot make you gain muscle. It must be combined with exercise, and you must lose the fats first then work to gain muscles.

Our Lean1 is a protein shake and then some. Not only does it provide protein (20g), it also provides 17 fruits and vegetables, 27 vitamins and minerals, and Green Coffee Bean extract. It’s also gluten-free and non-GMO. It is a meal replacement. Your body receives so much in one serving. With this, you lose weight because of its fat-burning properties, and your body is nourished because of all the vitamins and minerals. Plus, you can work on building muscles with the help of the protein as well.

Myth 3: You don't need protein intake if you're not a weightlifter

Protein  is a critical macronutrient, meaning it is necessary for survival. It is essential to the proper function of many bodily systems. Organ repair, cell division and hormone regulation are just a few of the vital functions directly affected by protein intake.

Bodybuilders and professional athletes may talk about protein more than other people, but adequate amounts of protein are critical to your body's daily function.

Myth 4: There's no such thing as too much protein intake

It is a commonly circulated myth that you can ingest too much protein. This is simply untrue. Your body needs protein, and it is important to ingest enough of it. Excess protein is typically excreted in the urine or even stored as fat.

However, constantly ingesting an overload of protein can contribute to dehydration and poor kidney function. The average person should consume no more than 0.5 - 0.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight daily.

Myth 5: A high-protein diet can help you lose weight

This is only true if you are burning more calories than you are ingesting. If you are taking in too many calories, you will not lose weight no matter where they are coming from. A high-protein diet can help keep you satiated, so you snack less, which may contribute to weight loss.

However, a diet high in protein will not guarantee weight loss if you are still ingesting too many calories.