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Whey Protein Helps Women Lose Weight Better Than Other Proteins

Whey protein powder is way, way better than other protein powders.

When you’re trying to lose weight, boosting your protein intake can help by making you feel full longer so you eat less. But choosing what protein source to use can be tricky. You can feel confident that choosing whey protein is a great option. 

That’s because whey protein is the world’s most researched supplemental protein source. Because it is water-soluble, whey protein powder is the optimal choice for women trying to lose fat and build lean muscle. 

Drinking a meal replacement shake made with whey protein can quickly give your body the protein it needs. Your body needs protein to build lean muscle, burn fat, and curb your sugar cravings.

LadyBoss® LEAN is a complete nutritional meal replacement shake made with 15 grams of grass-fed, non-GMO whey protein. Because LadyBoss LEAN contains biotin, it also helps prevent hair loss and promotes hair growth.

It also contains the ingredients provided by a women’s multivitamin including vitamins A, C, and E. 

What is Whey Protein Powder?

Whey and casein are milk proteins. Whey can be separated or formed as a byproduct when making cheese. It starts as a liquid that is then filtered to remove carbohydrates, fats, and minerals before it is dried to create whey protein powder.

Casein also can be converted into protein powder. But, it is digested more slowly and also serves as an excellent source of calcium.

Whey is a complete protein that contains all nine essential amino acids that your body needs. It also has a low lactose content. Lactose is a sugar found in milk. Whey isolate contains little lactose, while whey concentrate has slightly more. 

People who are lactose intolerant have trouble digesting lactose and dairy products. Lactose intolerance means bloating, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. 

Choosing A Protein Powder 

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When choosing a protein powder, start by considering whether you have any food allergies. If you are allergic to or have an intolerance to dairy or eggs, you may not be able to use either whey protein. You may also not be able to consume egg white powder proteins. 

Instead, you may need to consider using a plant-based protein made from pea, hemp,  soy or brown rice. Many people find plant-based protein easier to digest but plant proteins lack all the amino acids found in whey. 

Plant proteins also tend to have lower amounts of leucine, isoleucine, and valine. Those are the three essential amino acids known as the branched-chain amino acids or BCAAs. Proteins containing BCAAs help build muscle, decrease muscle fatigue and alleviate muscle soreness.

Types Of Protein Powders

Protein powders are made from milk, eggs or plant sources such as brown rice, soy, peas, and hemp. 

Whey protein contains all nine essential amino acids and is considered a complete protein. To get the same amino acids found in whey, for example, you’d need to combine brown rice protein and pea protein. 

A 2013 clinical study showed brown rice worked as well as whey protein to help build muscle and help in muscle recovery. But a 2011 study showed whey protein is better for weight loss than egg protein. The reason being, it provides greater satiety and leaves you feeling full longer. 

Egg Protein Powder

Protein powders made with dehydrated egg whites provide protein without the risk of salmonella that you face if you consume raw eggs. Like whey, egg white protein is easy to digest but it isn’t as effective as whey protein at helping build lean muscle. 

Brown Rice Protein Powder 

Brown rice protein powders are generally considered inferior to whey protein for building muscle. Per gram, they contain less protein and fewer types of amino acids. For example, brown rice protein contains less lysine, an essential branched-chain amino acid. 

Soy Protein Powder 

Soy protein powder can be a healthy alternative for people who are allergic to eggs or dairy. Studies show soy protein powder is more effective at building muscle than casein protein powder. But, it is less effective than whey protein powder. That’s most likely because soy protein has less leucine content. And, it takes longer to digest than whey. 

Soy protein may work better when combined with dairy proteins, research shows. But overall research shows soy protein doesn’t support weight loss as well as whey protein.

Consuming soy has raised some health concerns because it contains plant-based estrogens. Specifically, some people fear that consuming the isoflavones genistein and daidzein. Because, those enzymes act like estrogen. That means they have the potential to elevate your risk for breast cancer.

But the American Cancer Society says most of the research that links soy consumption to breast cancer was done on lab animals. Therefore, they may not have the same effect on humans. Obviously, humans and animals metabolize soy differently. So, the cancer society says soy doesn’t appear to pose a risk for cancer but more research is needed. 

Pea Protein Powder

Made using yellow split peas, pea protein powder is made of high-fiber legumes that are rich in branched-chain amino acids. Pea protein provides comparable results to whey protein, studies show. It’s a popular choice for vegans, vegetarians, or people with sensitivities or allergies to eggs or dairy.

Hemp Protein Powder 

Hemp protein powder is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and essential amino acids. Because it has a higher fat content, hemp protein powder may not be the best choice for women trying to lose weight. 

Hemp protein powder is low in lysine and leucine, both amino acids. Hemp protein, therefore, is not a complete protein source and isn’t as effective at building lean muscle mass.

Although hemp comes from the same plant family as marijuana, you don’t need to worry that using hemp protein powder will make you high. Hemp seeds contain little THC, the psychoactive compound found in marijuana. 

Benefits of Protein Powders Over Other Protein Sources

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Your body easily absorbs the amino acids in whey protein. That can help you gain lean muscle and lose body fat. 

Whey protein contains branched-chain amino acids. That makes it easy for your body to digest and leaves you feeling fuller for a longer period, which should help you eat less and resist unhealthy cravings. 

Using a whey protein powder made into a complete meal replacement shake like LadyBoss® LEAN makes it quick and easy to eat. 

You can use LadyBoss LEAN to make shakes to use for breakfast or another meal or to make a pre- or post-workout shake. You can even use LEAN to bake healthy treats like protein brownies or oatmeal cookies.

Coach Jan, MS, BS, NASM, ACE
Jan Green is a personal trainer and health coach certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise. She also has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master’s degree in health promotion. Jan is passionate about helping others thrive. She's dedicated to teaching that health, joy, and quality of life are inextricably connected. A true science geek who is unabashedly authentic, she's a spunky mix of fact and fun.