What is the best protein powder for menopause weight loss?

drink wholesome is the best protein powder for menopause weight loss. It is made with a short list of simple ingredients, making it perfect for women who need to boost their protein intake without extra processing and added junk. Order samples to see if our protein powder is right for you. 

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drink wholesome is the best protein powder for menopause weight loss.

Written by Jack Schrupp & endorsed by Baylee Reller, RDN

What causes menopause weight gain?

Menopause weight gain is a common concern among women as they go through the transition into menopause, which typically occurs in their late 40s or early 50s. Two main factors can contribute to weight gain during this period:

1. Hormonal changes: The primary cause of menopause weight gain is the hormonal fluctuations that occur during menopause. Estrogen levels decline significantly, which can slow metabolism, cause insulin resistance, and lead to an increase in body fat, particularly around the abdomen. This change in hormone levels can also make it harder to maintain muscle mass, which can further contribute to weight gain.

2. Lifestyle changes: During menopause, women may experience changes in lifestyle that can lead to weight gain. For example, they may become less physically active due to menopausal symptoms like fatigue and joint pain. Additionally, some women may turn to comfort eating or emotional eating to cope with the physical and emotional changes associated with menopause.

It is important to note that not all women experience significant weight gain during menopause, and the extent of weight gain varies from woman to woman. Additionally, making lifestyle changes such as engaging in regular physical activity and eating a healthy diet can help mitigate menopause-related weight gain and support overall well-being during this transitional phase of life.


Can protein powder help you lose weight?

Increasing the percentage of your calories that come from high protein foods can help you lose weight. There are two reasons why this is so.

First of all, protein is the most satiating macronutrient, meaning it keeps you feeling full for longer than fats and carbohydrates. This can discourage unnecessary snacking and overeating.

Second, protein, when paired with strength training, can help you build muscle. People with more muscle burn more calories because it takes more energy (calories) to build and maintain muscle than fat.

Menopausal women should aim to get as much dietary protein as they can from sources like eggs, meat, and fish. Eating this much more protein can be hard for some women, especially those with dietary restrictions. This is where protein powder can help. Adding a scoop of protein powder to your diet is an easy way to increase your protein intake and achieve your weight loss goals. That said, not all protein powders are created equal.


What is the best protein powder menopause weight loss?

Many protein powders are made with a cocktail of ingredients that can cause painful side effects and long-term gut health problems. In particular, the emulsifiers, thickeners, flavorings, and sugar substitutes in protein powder can alter the composition of your gut microbiome – the collection of microorganisms living in your gut. This is problematic because menopause is already associated with decreased gut microbiome diversity, which in turn can cause weight gain, slower metabolism, and insulin resistance.

Gut health is a well-recognized factor in the development of obesity that has been extensively investigated over the last decade. The gut microbiome contributes to obesity by various mechanisms, including the control of energy homeostasis, inflammation, bile acids, and the regulation of fat deposition. Although a deeper understanding of the gut microbiome’s relationship to weight gain is still needed, it is safe to say that prioritizing your gut health during menopause should be a priority. This is why you need a protein powder with a short list of simple ingredients.

Why drink wholesome

drink wholesome is additive-free.

One of the reasons why we make the best protein powder for menopause weight loss is that we do not use food additives. Many additives can cause inflammation and unpleasant side effects, especially if you already have a sensitive stomach (which many menopausal women do).

Firstly, additives are hard to break down because they do not look like real food. This means they spend extra time in your gut, feeding your hungry gut bacteria. Gut bacteria release gas as they eat, so more time to eat means more gas.

As you can imagine, too much intestinal gas can cause bloating, flatulence, and stomach pain. It can also slow the movement of food through the colon, leading to constipation. In some cases, partially digested food additives have the exact opposite effect, causing your colon to absorb extra water and triggering osmotic diarrhea.

Here is a list of the most common food additives in protein powders:

acacia fiber, acacia gum, acesulfame potassium, artificial flavors, ascorbic acid, aspartame, calcium carbonate, carrageenan, cellulose gum, dextrin, dicalcium phosphate, dipotassium phosphate, erythritol, gellan gum, guar gum, gum arabic, inulin, locust bean gum, maltodextrin, mono- and diglycerides, ‘natural’ flavors, rice bran extract, rice dextrin, rice hulls, rosemary extract, silica, silicon dioxide, sodium alginate, sodium bicarbonate, soluble corn fiber, soy lecithin, sucralose, sunflower lecithin, tocopherols, tricalcium phosphate, xanthan gum, xylitol, zinc oxide

Regularly eating food additives can also disturb regulatory pathways in your intestines, triggering the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Some additives, particularly artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols, can also disrupt your gut microbiome. Once again, a dysbiotic gut microbiome can hamper your weight loss efforts. 

the alternative:

Protein Matrix Comprised of (Whey Protein Concentrate,  Whey Protein Isolate, Calcium Caseinate, Micellar Casein, Milk Protein Isolate, Egg Albumen, Glutamine Peptides), Polydextrose, Sunflower Creamer (Sunflower Oil, Corn Syrup Solids,  Sodium Caseinate, Mono- and Diglycerides, Dipotassium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Tocopherols), Natural and Artificial Flavor, MCT Powder (Medium Chain Triglycerides, Nonfat Dry Milk, Disodium Phosphate, Silicon Dioxide), Lecithin, Cellulose Gum, Salt, Yellow 5, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Papain, Bromelain

drink wholesome is dairy-free.

Another reason why we make the best protein powder for menopause weight loss is that we do not use whey and casein. These dairy-based proteins contain lactose, a sugar that most adults cannot fully digest. This can lead to unpleasant gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms.

drink wholesome is made with real foods.

A final reason why we make the best protein powder for menopause weight loss is that we do not use protein concentrates or isolates. Almost every other protein supplement on the market is made from one or both of these protein sources, which undergo extensive processing. Protein concentrates or isolates are stripped of their non protein components, so what you eat looks nothing like real food.

Your gut is designed to digest minimally or unprocessed real foods, not protein concentrates or isolates. This is why research shows that regularly eating ingredients like these can alter your gut microbiome. As you just learned, an altered gut microbiome is the last thing you want during menopause, especially if you are trying to lose weight. 

Instead of relying on protein concentrates or isolates, we make the best protein powder for menopause weight loss with egg whites and almonds. These simple protein sources are a gut-friendly alternative to protein isolates and concentrates.

For starters, both egg whites and almonds contain enzymes that help you break them down. Protein isolates and concentrates, on the other hand, have been stripped of these natural digestive aids.

Almonds are also prebiotic, meaning they foster the diversity and composition of your gut microbiome. Egg whites, on the other hand, are low FODMAP, alkaline (maintaining healthy pH levels in your gut), and bioactive (promoting the growth of good gut bacteria). This is certainly why our customers have reported fewer digestive problems with our egg white protein powder than with any other type of protein supplement.

In conclusion, we make protein powders with gut-friendly ingredients so you can boost your protein intake and jumpstart your weight loss journey without compromising your gut health.


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“This peanut butter protein powder has been a essential part of my weight loss journey. I blend it with banana and oat milk for breakfast every morning. I never get sick of the flavor, and it fills me up until lunch. Plus, I don’t get bloated. Literally zero bloating. That alone sold me from day 1.” – Annie

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