Natural Ketosis Blog Archive

December' 2015

Whey vs Soya - Is Whey the New Way?

There is a lot of debate about the importance of protein in the diet for a variety of health-related reasons. The best way to ensure you are getting good quality protein is from real wholesome food such as animal and fish protein, however, with the ever-growing number of protein powders available, it is important to make the best choice possible.

 

The two most popular sources for concentrated protein are either soy protein or whey protein. In a previous blog of ours we discussed why consuming a lot of soy protein may not be ideal, however this is all down to individual preference. The purpose of this post is to discuss whey protein.

 

What is Whey Protein?


Whey proteins are extracted from liquid whey, a by-product of cheese production. The effects of whey protein consumption and its effect on body composition has been extensively studied in elite athletes.


The conclusion from the research all suggest that supplementing (not to be mistaken with substituting) a real food diet with whey protein helps not only achieve greater weight loss but also helps to improve overall body composition i.e. body fat is lost whilst muscle mass is preserved.


The importance of protein


From a nutritional point of view, protein is very important. It is one of the main macronutrients and one which requires daily consumption as the body is unable to store protein. In other words, eating a lot of protein one day and barely nothing the next is not the ideal way to go.


Protein is an important nutritional component as it provides the building blocks that are responsible not only for building muscle, but also for maintaining it. Protein is also required for healthy skin, hair and nails.

 

Why Whey?


Unfortunately the type of soy that is mostly being consumed in Western society is not whole soy - the one with all the nutrient benefits, but rather as soybean oil and soy protein. Due to their low-cost and various functional properties, these soy products can be found in a variety of unsuspected food items.


Whey protein is a cleaner form of isolated protein when compared to soy protein.


A meal containing high amounts of good quality protein is needed not only for burning fat and building muscle, but also to ensure optimum health. This is why here at Natural Ketosis we only use the highest quality protein in our products. This ensures wholesome nutritious meals and snacks, but also ensures that your body is being fed the correct fuel to help you get the results you want.  





References:

 

Batterham, M., Cavanagh, R., Jenkins, A., Tapsell, L., Plasqui, G. and Clifton, P. (2008). High-protein meals may benefit fat oxidation and energy expenditure in individuals with higher body fat. Nutrition \& Dietetics, 65(4), pp.246--252.

Burton-Freeman, B. (2008). Glycomacropeptide (GMP) is not critical to whey-induced satiety, but may have a unique role in energy intake regulation through cholecystokinin (CCK). Physiology \& behavior, 93(1), pp.379--387.

Halton, T. and Hu, F. (2004). The effects of high protein diets on thermogenesis, satiety and weight loss: a critical review. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 23(5), pp.373--385.

Hayes, A. and Cribb, P. (2008). Effect of whey protein isolate on strength, body composition and muscle hypertrophy during resistance training. Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition \& Metabolic Care, 11(1), pp.40--44.

Luhovyy, B., Akhavan, T. and Anderson, G. (2007). Whey proteins in the regulation of food intake and satiety. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 26(6), pp.704--712.

Paddon-Jones, D., Westman, E., Mattes, R., Wolfe, R., Astrup, A. and Westerterp-Plantenga, M. (2008). Protein, weight management, and satiety. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 87(5), pp.1558--1561.

Pichon, L., Potier, M., Tome, D., Mikogami, T., Laplaize, B., Martin-Rouas, C. and Fromentin, G. (2008). High-protein diets containing different milk protein fractions differently influence energy intake and adiposity in the rat. British journal of nutrition, 99(04), pp.739--748.

Weigle, D., Breen, P., Matthys, C., Callahan, H., Meeuws, K., Burden, V. and Purnell, J. (2005). A high-protein diet induces sustained reductions in appetite, ad libitum caloric intake, and body weight despite compensatory changes in diurnal plasma leptin and ghrelin concentrations. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 82(1), pp.41--48.

Keeping your New Year’s Resolution - Health & Weight Loss

With Christmas and New Year just round the corner, many of us will be thinking about our new year resolution. In the majority of cases, a new year resolution is to make the upcoming year all about health and wellbeing. So, how can Natural Ketosis help you keep your 2016 health resolution?

 

Changing Habits


A lot of people feel that if they do not see results after that first “healthy meal” then why bother for the rest of the day and week? Making a commitment to yourself to be healthier can be challenging and tough at first - but not impossible!


Successful weight loss and health is not a one-time thing - it is a lifestyle change. It takes commitment to lose weight, but it also takes commitment to maintain it.


We have a dedicated support team at hand to help you when you need. We will look at restaurant menus for you and help to provide suggestions that you can fit into your daily routine to help you change habits and make a positive health swap.


Find Time to Plan Meals


One of the main issues that we can face, especially in the beginning, is finding time to prepare real healthy food and snacks. Whilst this can come easy to some, it can be a real stumbling block for others. However, it is not impossible!


At Natural Ketosis we have designed a range of breakfast, lunches, dinners, snacks and treats to help make meal prepping easier. We use real food - no preservatives and artificial ingredients involved. The only items you need to add are milk, fresh fruit and vegetables.


Knowledge on What to Eat


There are so many opinions, guides, charts, etc online - it’s so confusing to make sense of it all.


Having said that, doing research and familiarising with foods that are healthy to have when out and about, will help. The reason is that it gives you the confidence to make the right choices and to continue on your journey.


Natural Ketosis provides you with guidance on how to get the best out of your programme. We also have a dedicated member’s area with recipes and guides to help give you the tools you need to succeed on your journey.


Helping You Achieve Your Goals


Here at Natural Ketosis we understand that life can get in the way of our health and weight loss goals. This is why we have developed different options to suit different circumstances. We also help develop tailored plans, so do not panic if you do not see something that suits you.


Get in touch with us and we will help you keep your New Year’s resolution for 2016.