Although the thought of being able to consume sausage, bacon, egg, and cheese for breakfast each morning and still lose weight is appealing, it has to be said that low-carb dieting can take its toll, and although you may not believe it, there will be times when low-carb dieters simply cannot stomach another piece of meat.
It doesn’t matter how much of a carnivore you consider yourself to be, we all have our limits! And unless you plan on consuming vast quantities of egg whites, fish, and nuts, you may find yourself struggling to get enough protein. Protein is a macronutrient that is crucial for cellular health, growth and function, as well as for hormone regulation, and muscle growth and repair.
If you are following a low-carb diet, you must ensure that you are getting enough protein into your body on a daily basis, which is where protein shakes can prove so beneficial. Protein supplements are incredibly popular and could really give you an edge when it comes to low-carb dieting. Before purchasing the first protein powder supplement you come across, however, there are a few things you might want to consider. Not all supplements are created equal!
1) Low-carb Powders
First and foremost, if you are following a low carb diet, you will be looking at keeping your carbohydrate consumption as low as you possibly can, so going with a low carb protein powder is absolutely essential.
A lot of people will make the mistake of purchasing a protein powder, assuming it to be low in carbohydrates, and then wonder why they’re not burning fat and losing weight when it comes to weigh-in day. This is because not all protein powder supplements are low in carbohydrates, so you will need to find special supplements that are marketed and sold as being low in carbs.
2) Look for Hidden Surprises
If it isn’t obvious whether or not a protein powder is low in carbohydrates, you should take the time to read the nutritional information and the ingredients list, and see what it contains. You should get a basic breakdown of the carbohydrate content per 100g, as well as the carb content per serving, but on top of that, look at what percentage of that comes from sugars, which again the label should tell you.
If you can’t find this information, read the ingredients instead, and be on the lookout for things such as: fructose, high fructose corn syrup, honey, dextrose, oats, waxy maize starch, and sugar in general. Most supplements use low-carb sweeteners, but even so, if you see any of the above listed in the ingredients, you may wish to stay clear as they are all sources of carbohydrate/sugar.
3) Consider The Taste
If you’re happy that a supplement is indeed free from carbohydrates/sugars, before you purchase, you should instead sample the taste, and see whether or not you like it. Most companies provide samples, so go ahead and choose a few and see what you think. Remember, whether these shakes are designed to supplement your diet, or if you plan on replacing the odd meal with them, you should still enjoy them, especially as they don’t come cheap, so find a taste you enjoy.
4) Consider The Brand
If you come across a cheap protein supplement you’ve never heard of, you are best avoiding it and going with a tried and tested supplement from a trusted manufacturer. You don’t know what you are getting with cheap supplements from unknown suppliers, whereas big name brands such as ChocoRite, although sometimes more pricey than cheap brands, will ensure you are getting what they say you are getting, with no nasty surprises!
What’s your go-to brand of protein powder for low-carb dieting? Let us know 🙂