Over recent weeks, I've been motivating myself to do more exercise and improve my general diet and although I had modest results I felt really achy and sluggish following a hard workout. I spoke to various friends and they all suggested I started supplementing my diet with protein but this word alone started alarm bells ringing in my head! When I think of protein shakes, I think of body builders and the sweaty creepy boys that hang around the weights in the gym - but after a bit of research on the subject, I found protein is actually essential for your body and could be the answer to improving my workout recovery!
Due to our genetics, girls aren't actually able to bulk up like men so taking protein won't leave you looking like Arnie - infact it's actually been proven that having a high protein diet can actually lead to weight loss, plus it helps the body to repair itself quicker after exercise. As weight-loss was my main aim, I chose USN's Ultralean diet whey which is a meal replacement shake.
It has a high protein, low carb formula which is specially designed to promote weight loss. You simply replace two meals per day with a shake - each shake is made up of two scoops and approx 300ml of water. One tip I would give to anyone trying this shake is to invest in a blender - it really helps with getting the consistency nice so you won't have any nasty lumps! You can also add ice cubes and frozen fruit to make it more like a smoothie!
I opted for the chocolate flavour and I have to say it was really tasty! I used the shakes for four weeks for both lunch and dinner - choosing to have my main meal at lunch whilst I was at work. I found it really filled me up and I was actually less hungry than when I had a traditional foods at meal times. Over the course of the four weeks, I also managed to drop 8lbs which I was ecstatic about, plus i found my body looked a lot leaner and more sculpted, and I hardly ached after going to gym. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking to shift a little weight, although I don't think I would be able to maintain having just shakes for an extended period of time!
What are your thoughts on protein shakes? Do you have any other brands you use?