You hear us say it time and again, protein, protein, protein! Without getting deep into the science, there are many excellent reasons to increase your protein as a key drive in your weigh loss plan. It is difficult to get the amount of protein you need each day just by eating chicken, fish or eggs, so we recommend the concentrated whey protein as the base for a shake. Here is a little more detail on some popular products out there.
Whey Protein Concentrate is the most widely available form on the market, but you may run across something called Whey Protein Isolate. This is just a more refined form wth somewhat higher protein per gram and is a bit more expensive.
BODY FORTRESS WHEY PROTEIN
This is the brand usually found at Walmart and is an excellent cost value. It is available in 5 flavors chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, chocolate peanut butter, and cookies and cream. Per serving comes in at 170 calories and 30 grams protein.
GNC PRO PERFORMANCE WHEY PROTEIN
This available only at GNC is a little pricey but comes in several flavors and is 130 calories per serving and 24 grams protein.
PURE PROTEIN WHEY PROTEIN
This is a popular line of protein products that includes protein bars. This powder comes in 2 flavors, Triple chocolate and Vanilla Cream. At 100 calories per serving it contains only 15 grams of protein per serving.
JILLIAN MICHAELS WHEY PROTEIN
Available in retailers such as Kroger, this product too comes in at 100 calories/serving wit also only 15 grams protein.
Since we often recommend protein shakes instead of breakfast, you would want the higher protein values of over 20 grams per serving. A product of only 15 grams per serving could be replaced with 2 eggs with cheese or even a Balance Protein bar and might not be the best choice as a stand-alone, but could be combined to get the meal-segment total over 20 grams preferably up around 30.