drink wholesome can help you lose weight.

Adding a protein or meal replacement shake to your diet can help you lose weight. Keep reading to learn why.



“I like drink wholesome because of how filling it is. 1 serving is enough to keep me full until lunch. If you’re trying to cut back on snacking, I recommend adding some protein to your breakfast. It has made a huge difference for me.” – Monica

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In theory, losing weight is simple; all you have to do is maintain a calorie deficit (eat fewer calories than you burn). You have to burn 3,500 more calories than you eat to lose a pound, and to lose weight at a safe rate (0.5 pound per week) you need to eat 1,750 fewer calories each week (250 calories per day). This sounds straightforward, but anyone who has tried to lose weight will tell you that doing so is much easier said than done. Maintaining a calorie deficit, it turns out, makes you hungry, and being hungry is uncomfortable. 

The first secret to weight loss is to prevent hunger. In order to do so while maintaining a calorie deficit, you have to eat lots of high protein foods. This is because protein keeps you feeling full for longer than nutrients like fats and carbohydrates. In other words, increasing the percentage of your calories that come from protein will prevent cravings, snacking, and overeating. This is why replacing a meal or part of a meal with a protein shake or high protein meal replacement shake can help you lose weight.

more protein → less hunger → calorie deficit → weight loss

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The second secret to weight loss is to build muscle. People with more muscle mass have faster metabolisms and burn more calories because it takes more energy (calories) to build and maintain muscle than fat. In order to build and maintain muscle mass, you have to eat protein because muscle growth can only occur if muscle protein synthesis exceeds muscle protein breakdown. This is called positive muscle protein balance, and is regulated by two mechanisms: resistance exercise (lifting weights) and amino acid availability. In case you forgot high school biology, amino acids are the building blocks of protein, and there are 20 of them, 9 of which must come from food. These “essential” amino acids are the reason why eating enough protein is important if you want to build muscle.

more protein (+ exercise) → more muscle → calorie deficit → weight loss

The final secret to weight loss is to simply eat more protein. Protein has a higher thermic effect compared to carbohydrates or fats, meaning more energy expended by the body in digesting, absorbing, and metabolizing it. Believe it or not, 20-30% of protein calories are burned just breaking it down and using it.

more protein → more thermogenesis → calorie deficit → weight loss

How much protein you need to eat depends on who you are, but the average person needs to eat 0.36 grams of protein per pound of body weight per day. Use our protein calculator to calculate your recommended protein intake. Some people need to eat a lot more than 0.36 grams per pound, however, which can be hard to do. Once again, this is where drink wholesome can help. Adding a protein or high protein meal replacement shake to your diet is an easy way to boost your protein intake.

Why drink wholesome?

Our protein powders and meal replacement powders are made with a short list of gut-friendly ingredients, making them safe for people with sensitive stomachs and gut issues like IBS. Plus, unlike other supplements, they do not contain ingredients known to negatively affect your gut health.

Regularly eating emulsifiers, thickeners, flavorings, and sugar substitutes, all of which are used in nearly every other protein supplement and meal replacement, can alter the composition and function of your gut microbiome – the collection of microorganisms living in your gut. Emerging research suggests these alterations, in addition to causing widespread inflammation and other health problems, contribute to obesity. Basically, poor gut health is the last thing you want if you are trying to lose weight.

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