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What Are the Different Types of Weight Loss Powder?

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  • Last Modified Date: 20 November 2014
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There are many different types of weight loss powder available to the consumer. Each type of powder provides a different weight loss function. Some are designed to replace meals, others provide protein to build muscle and burn calories, and still others are intended to increase metabolism. For effective weight loss, health experts recommend that these powders be paired with a healthy lifestyle, including plenty of exercise and healthy eating.

Meal replacement weight loss powder contains all the carbohydrates, protein and nutrients found in a normal meal. There are two types of meal replacement products including those for weight loss, and those to gain weight. Weight loss powders will be low in fat and calories. Some were developed specifically for women or by men, while others can be used by both.

A type of weight loss powder that adds additional protein to a diet is called protein powder. Protein is needed to build muscle in the body, which is important to the fat burning process. These products can be added to many foods, such as smoothies, yogurt or even oatmeal. Protein has also been found to aid dieters as it stays in the digestive tract longer and dieters will tend to feel fuller for longer periods of time.

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Supplement powders will contain high concentrations of nutrients that have been found to aid weight loss. At times, a person cannot get enough of these beneficial nutrients from food. Supplements concentrate all the active components of the food into a powder form. The majority of these supplements are made of compounds from vegetables and fruits.

Many fitness powders will contain a large amount of essential amino acids for weight loss, such as L-Carnitine and L-Phenylalanine. L-Carnitine is important as it transfers fat stored in cells to be burned. L-Phenylalanine is used as a signal to the brain when the stomach is full. This amino acid works as an appetite suppressant.

Some weight loss powder is thermogenic. This refers to the ability to raise the body’s internal temperature in an effort to increase metabolism. With a raised metabolism, more calories and fat can be burned. There are side effects to taking thermogenic products, and users tend to build a tolerance to them, decreasing their efficacy over time.

As with any diet, weight loss powder has been found to be most effective when paired with a healthy diet and exercise. These powders do not magically melt away fat. They are thought, however, to help make the most of weight loss when used as part of the weight loss program.

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Laotionne
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I have tried a lot of weight loss routines and diets. Some of them cost more money than they are worth. Actually, I would say most of the ones where you have to buy prepackaged foods and supplements are not worth the price you pay for them. I can cut back on calories for a couple weeks or months when I am dieting with almost no problems, but I worry that I am starving my body of nutrients that it needs to stay healthy.

I have read that some people do more harm to their bodies and their health when they are on fad diets than they would have done if they had never tried to lose weight. I think a weight loss powder might be what I need as long as it is loaded with good ingredients that my body needs.

Drentel
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I've never tried protein powder as part of a weight loss program, but at one time I bought it to help me put on muscle weight when I was lifting weights and trying to gain weight. I agree with this article when it talks about using the protein mix in smoothies. I like the plain vanilla Greek yogurt and then I add fruit, ice and the protein mix.

The mix I bought didn't contain sugar but it did have a sweet taste that made the smoothies taste even better. When I am drinking the protein smoothies, I eat my regular meals and then just add a couple of the smoothies as snacks each day. You can tell a big difference.

I guess if I were trying to lose weight then I could drink the smoothies in place of meals, and that way I wouldn't be adding any additional calories, just protein.

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