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Posted by: Cherubino | 2010-02-22

Protein Shakes

I am trying to lose weight by cutting out sugar and junk food. I am not overweight, but can stand to lose a few kilos. Thing is, I''ve never been a great fan of breakfast! Instead of forcing down toast or cereal/porridge in the morning, can I just have a protein shake? I''ve heard that protein shakes can make you gain weight.

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Dear Cherubino
Any food can potentially cause weight gain if eaten in excess or if it contains too high a kJ content. Check the protein shake you intend using to see if a serving (with and without the diluting liquid such as milk), does not provide more than 2100 kJ per meal or 1/3 of your energy requirement when slimming. Also make sure that the shake will not overload you with vitamins and minerals (too much of a good thing can also be harmful).
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DietDoc

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Posted by: X | 2010-02-23

Just Juice, like all " real"  or " 100%"  fruit juices may contain no added sugar, but it is full of fruit sugar or fructose. Fructose may have a lower glycaemic index than sucrose (table sugar) - in other words it raises bloodsugars more slowly -, BUT fructose is used by the body as a signal to store fat. This comes from our hunter-gatherer past, where fruit was only available in the summer (when other foods were also plentiful), and the body therefore recognises fructose as a signal that it is a good time to up hunger / appetite and store every spare kJ as fat for the lean winter that was on its way.

I would not drink Just Juice while trying to loose weight.

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Posted by: X | 2010-02-23

Annique''s Lifestyle Shakes will not make you gain weight, and they taste great!

I think in general, protein shakes will only make you gain weight when you drink them in addition to 3 meals and 2 snacks per day, not when you use them to replace a meal.

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2010-02-23

Dear Cherubino
Any food can potentially cause weight gain if eaten in excess or if it contains too high a kJ content. Check the protein shake you intend using to see if a serving (with and without the diluting liquid such as milk), does not provide more than 2100 kJ per meal or 1/3 of your energy requirement when slimming. Also make sure that the shake will not overload you with vitamins and minerals (too much of a good thing can also be harmful).
Best regards
DietDoc

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Posted by: Cherubino | 2010-02-22

Also, how good are the Just Juice drinks? it says they contain no added sugar?

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