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The Big 4: Keys on How IsaPro Can Help You Lose Weight

Are you interested in losing weight? You’re not the only one. According to a recent Gallup poll, six out of 10 Americans are looking to lose weight.
Are you interested in losing weight? You’re not the only one. According to a recent Gallup poll, six out of 10 Americans are looking to lose weight.

Many have the idea that if they just eat salads all day the weight will vanish. However, for longer-lasting results, you need much better fuel than that!

When combined with resistance training, IsaPro® helps you build—and maintain—lean muscle, which is vital for healthy aging, athletic performance, and weight loss. We have a few pointers on when to take this protein-rich whey powder that will help you melt off fat and gain beautiful muscle for a leaner summer you.

Key 1: When to Take IsaPro

As the science of sports nutrition has advanced, research consistently shows that the benefits of consuming pure whey protein are better when taken soon after exercise.

After exercise, you want to get the right kind of protein—in the right amount—as soon as possible. For a period of time after a workout, the body is unusually sensitive to nutrients; muscle is hungry for protein that will stimulate its growth and repair.

With 18 grams of protein per scoop, the best part about IsaPro is that it is a protein-rich powder designed to be added to IsaLean® Shakes, oatmeal, or any other food. This allows users to benefit from the fat-burning and muscle-building powers of quality whey protein.

Adding 1 scoop of IsaPro to 1 or 1 ½ scoops of IsaLean Shake can be helpful for optimizing your metabolism. The boost to protein can make a huge difference to anyone with a sluggish metabolism. Extra protein also keeps your appetite satisfied longer and promotes muscle maintenance, a key element for plateau busting after losing weight.

Key 2: Work It Out!

In order to burn that fat, you’re going to need to build muscle. Our Isagenix Corporate Wellness Coach Blake Shaver holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise and wellness from Arizona State University and is a certified personal trainer. Blake is known for incorporating IsaPro into his daily routine post-workout.

“Using IsaPro Chocolate post-workout helps fuel my muscles with the proper nutrition for a faster and more effective recovery,” says Blake.

Here are his top three workout recommendations to help you develop lean muscle and blast fat.

Move 1:

bosu-pushUp

Directions: Flip the ball over onto its dome. Grip the sides of the platform or place your hands on top of it, and perform a pushup while engaging your core for a proper spine angle—hold your body in a straight line from your head to your feet. Perform three sets of 10 to 12 repetitions to the best of your ability.

Move 2:

goblet-squat

Directions: Start with feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Hold the kettlebell at the center of your chest with your arms relaxed. Perform a squat while maintaining a flat back; squat until your legs are close to a 90-degree angle. Push through your heels to return to your starting position. Perform three sets of 12 to the best of your ability.

Move 3:

split-squat

Directions: Start with a split stance—one leg in front of another at roughly shoulder width a part. Lower your body while maintaining a flat back. Be sure not to allow your knee to go over your toes. Relax your back leg while bringing your knee to the floor (your knees should not touch the floor). Push through the heel of your lead leg to return to your starting position. Switch legs and repeat. Perform three sets of 12 to the best of your ability.

Key 3: Set Goals

We’re big believers in planning ahead and setting goals. Since taking IsaPro is recommended after workouts, we suggest that you not only plan a food budget to stay on track but also an exercise budget as well. We suggest creating a seven-day plan to track your workouts and help ensure success. Set a realistic plan for the week that makes sense for you and won’t leave you ready to quit after one workout.

The best way to build muscle and burn fat is a combination of cardio and resistance trainings. Plan the days when you’re hitting the gym for weight lifting or taking a bike ride outside to make the most of the summer sun. (Don’t forget to take rest days!)

Regardless, on rest days, you’ll want to know when you’re working out so that you can take IsaPro soon after your workout to build muscle which in turn helps blast that fat away!

Key 4: Forget the Scale—Measure Up!

If your pants feel loose, but the number on the scale has gone up—there’s no reason to fret! Muscle weighs more than fat, but the cool part? Muscle helps burn fat.

The whey protein in IsaPro can be useful for triggering muscle growth because it contains branched-chain amino acids such as leucine and is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream for delivery to muscle.

So consider the scale as a simple and infrequent indicator of body mass—not as THE only weight-loss tool for success.

When you order the 30-Day System, it is accompanied with Isagenix measuring tape, so you can evenly measure the key parts of your body for total body loss—your arms, your thighs, your waist, and your stomach, which are the main areas to measure.

Our tip? Don’t get obsessive about it. Measure about once a week and then you’ll start getting a true understanding of what you’re losing.

Have fun building muscle and losing weight by fueling yourself with IsaPro!

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Top Scientists Outline Reasons to Eat More Protein

Women dieting using meal replacement shakes.

Higher-protein diets based on sound nutrition and quality work on multiple levels.

 

Leading nutrition researchers have outlined how protein improves appetite, manages a healthy body weight, reduces cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors, and increases dietary compliance in a recent review paper (1).

In this overview of the literature, scientists from the U.S., Australia, and Denmark explored how diets based on properly dosed, high-quality protein sources, like those found in IsaLean Pro, to improve health.

Here’s what they found:

Metabolic and Appetite Advantage

Higher-protein diets have shown to successfully increase metabolism for the reason that 20 to 30 percent of protein consumed is used for metabolism and storage, whereas for carbohydrates it’s 5 to 10 percent, and for fat it’s only 0 to 3 percent (2). This better supports healthy weight loss and maintenance, because higher-protein diets prevent a slowing of metabolism by stopping a decline in resting energy expenditure, or how many calories the body burns simply supporting normal, non-exercise functions (3). The reason this happens is mostly due to protein retaining lean muscle mass.

Higher-protein intake also helps better control appetite and prevent overeating. In fact, several studies have shown that consumption of high-quality whey protein causes a greater reduction in hunger after a meal and higher levels of fullness compared to other protein sources (1).

Muscle Building

The authors also found that quantity matters. The specific amount of protein per meal should hit the threshold of about 20 to 30 grams since this is what’s needed to stimulate protein synthesis (muscle building) (1).  IsaLean Shakes fall within this range and offer the highest-quality undenatured whey protein.

Over the course of the day, the researchers found between 1.2 and 1.6 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day was optimal in promoting sustained weight management and cardiometabolic benefits. This results in approximately 90 to 120 grams of protein for women and 105 to 140 grams for men per day—an amount easily met by two shakes and a meal with lean protein such as chicken breast or fish.

Management of Healthy Weight

An average increase in protein intake of about 28 percent beyond normal recommendations also facilitates significant weight loss, the researchers found (1). Since the normal protein intake in U.S. adults is on average 88 grams per day, then the addition of only 20 to 30 grams would be enough to cause long-term improvements in weight management. Even by keeping calories the same, the increase in protein appears to be the critical component, not a reduction in carbohydrates or fat. Just think, this is one IsaLean Shake per day. Consumed over a long period of time this could equate to big results.

Worried About Too Much Protein?

The worry about too much protein is not warranted, as the authors noted: “The protein quantities proposed above are within the acceptable macronutrient range for protein and allow for the ability to meet the dietary guidelines for other requirements including fruit, vegetables, dairy, and fiber.”

Bottom Line

Higher-protein diets based around quality and sound nutrition work on multiple levels. We have been recommending a daily protein intake between 1.2 to 1.6 grams per kilogram per pound of body weight (0.55 to 0.75 grams per pound) and about 20 to 40 grams per meal (depending on the individual) in conjunction with our high-powered nutrition since inception. The amount of high-quality protein per meal found in Isagenix products is meant for sustained and real lasting results. Indeed, over the long term, higher-protein diets don’t just help with losing weight; they improve health and prevent unwanted weight regain (1).

References

  1. Leidy HJ, Clifton PM, Astrup A et al. The role of protein in weight loss and maintenance. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2015;ajcn084038.
  2. Westerterp-Plantenga MS, Nieuwenhuizen A, Tome D, Soenen S, Westerterp KR. Dietary protein, weight loss, and weight maintenance. Annual Review of Nutrition 2009;29:21-41.
  3. Halton TL, Hu FB. The effects of high protein diets on thermogenesis, satiety and weight loss: a critical review. Journal of the American College of Nutrition 2004;23:373-85
  4. IsagenixHealth.net

Why Your Body Loves Undenatured Whey

IsaPro is ‘whey’ beyond simply a exercise recovery tool
IsaPro is ‘whey’ beyond simply a exercise recovery tool

It’s no secret that we at Isagenix pride ourselves in providing some of the highest-quality undenatured whey protein. With the release of our new Chocolate IsaPro, many wonder why the product is basically just whey protein and if it has a place in their plan.

While many see IsaPro as a recovery tool from intense exercise, there is more than one reason to take it. The whey protein we use in our products has some benefits that go beyond muscle-tissue building and weight loss. Here we review some other benefits, whatever your health and wellness goals may be, of taking whey protein.

Stress Adaptation

Whey protein concentrate in its undenatured form has a special protein in it called alpha-lactalbumin, which is shown to improve mental performance and mood in stressful situations (1). Alpha-lactalbumin has the ability to help maintain healthy serotonin levels, which are reduced by prolonged stress. In a series of studies using whey, subjects had higher levels of the amino acid tryptophan, which is the precursor to serotonin biosynthesis (1). Whey protein also has the potential to increase a special protein called heat-shock protein, which increases a cell’s ability to tolerate stress (2).

Biological Value

Whey protein has the highest biological value (demonstrating optimal levels of essential amino acids for the body) of all dairy proteins. This basically means it has a superior essential amino acid profile. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and “essential amino acids” are the ones required in the diet because the body can’t make them internally. The biological value (BV) is the ratio of how much protein the bodies’ tissues can utilize. To put the BV into perspective, soy protein has a value of 74 while whey has a whopping value of 104 (3)!

Satiety

Undenatured whey has bioactive peptides (chains of bonded amino acids) and amino acids generated during digestion that stimulate the release of specific hormones that regulate appetite—resulting in reduced food consumption and greater satiety or fullness (4). These hormones include cholecystokinin, peptide YY, and glucagon-like peptide-1.

Immune Booster

Nutritionists Rie Tsutsumi and Yasuo Tsutsumi of University of Tokushima, Japan, recently investigated the immune-enhancing benefits of undenatured whey and found multiple proteins in whey that play distinct roles in health maintenance:

  • Beta-lactoglobulin binds vitamin A and helps increase the uptake of vitamin A in the digestive tract. It also facilitates the uptake of fatty acids.
  • Alpha-lactoalbumin has protective effects on the lining of the digestive tract and can inhibit growth of harmful bacteria.
  • Lactoferrin aids the absorption of iron in the digestive tract and can inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria.
  • Serum albumin binds and carries fatty acids.
  • Immunoglobulins A, G, and M support the immune system.

Lactoperoxidase and lysozyme also support the immune system but also have distinct antioxidant properties.

Tsutsumi and Tsutsumi also highlight whey as an effective tool for avoiding sarcopenia, or the muscle wasting that’s so common in the elderly.

Whatever your goal, including whey protein can be a useful tool for health and wellness. New research supports how whey goes far beyond simply building muscle. High-quality whey protein can support the health of the digestive system, the immune system, decrease appetite, and even normalize stress.

References

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  1. Markus CR, Olivier B, de Haan EH. Whey protein rich in alpha-lactalbumin increases the ratio of plasma tryptophan to the sum of the other large neutral amino acids and improves cognitive performance in stress-vulnerable subjects. Am J Clin Nutr 2002;75:1051-6.
  2. de Moura CS, Lollo PCB, Morato PN, Carneiro EM, Amaya-Farfan J. Whey protein hydrolysate enhances the exercise-induced heat shock protein (HSP70) response in rats. Food Chem2013;136:1350-7.
  3. Smithers GW. Whey and whey proteins- from ‘gutter-to-gold’. Int Dairy J 2008;18:695-704.
  4. Tsutsumi R, Tsutsumi YM. Peptides and proteins in whey and their benefits for human health.Austin J Nutri Food Sci 2014;1:1002.