Find Your Summer Shape: Supporting Your Body with Healthy Protein

Getting into your best shape for the beach and boating season is not about losing weight. If you’re looking to look and feel your best this summer, stop aiming to shed pounds and focus on improving body composition and reducing your toxicity.

The difference?

When you improve body composition, you are holding onto muscle while discarding fat. Your weight may remain what it was at the peak of winter, but you become leaner and stronger. Losing weight, on the other hand, means you’ve simply stripped away whatever you could (muscle included!) to satisfy an arbitrary target weight.

However, elevated levels of toxicity can cause weight loss resistance, which throws an unseen wrench into your get-fit-quick plans. Toxins live and thrive in the perimeter fat cells of your body.[1. http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/1/1/12] If you build muscle while simultaneously burning fat, you target toxins and better equip your body to detoxify itself naturally. Your weight may remain the same for a while, but you will reduce your toxicity and eventually approach your ideal weight.

Remove yourself from the early-’90s, weight-loss infomercial mentality.

Focus on preserving muscle while burning fat. Your body attain its ideal weight in due time. However, this journey requires more than the occasional workout. You need mental focus, proper nutrition and plenty of energy.

Achieve Your Best Shape

Protein is essential to building and repairing muscle tissue–that’s fairly common knowledge.

Less commonly known, though, is the fact that whey protein slows the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. This prevents the massive fluctuations in blood glucose levels that provoke intense cravings–especially for sugar.[2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16002802]

Excess sugar causes inflammation and weight-loss resistance. It has also been shown to worsen all the risk factors (high blood pressure, triglyceride levels, insulin resistance and belly fat) that contribute to heart disease, stroke and cancer.[3. http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/02/17/1119908109.abstract] These consequences are not limited to added sugars. Refined carbohydrates like white rice, white bread and traditional pasta cause the same effects.

The right whey protein helps regulate your blood sugar levels while helping you feel fuller for longer.

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Even less intuitive is protein’s effect on mental state. Research has shown that the amino acids that comprise protein actually excite a neuropeptide known as orexin. Also known as hypocretin, orexin regulates vigilance, attention, memory, wakefulness and even your level of energy.[4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1279673/]

As this chemical becomes more excited, we become sharper mentally.

Contrary to popular belief, most foods advertised as energy boosters actually suppress the function of orexin, making us feel sleepy, lethargic and unfocused.

With the right kind of protein, you get all the energy and none of the crash.

Overcome the Unknown Obstacle

Many people are completely unaware of the role their hormones play in weight management.  Hormonal imbalances can make shedding fat a very difficult prospect.

Elevated bodily toxicity is one of the primary causes of hormonal imbalance.[5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17937601]

Toxins can enter the body by being absorbed by the skin or by being inhaled. Most commonly though, they are ingested with the food we eat. Whether our foods contain pesticides, antibiotics or the remnants of heavy metals, each group of toxins can disrupt proper hormone function when they accumulate in the fat cells of our bodies.

Fortunately, the body is equipped to handle these damaging invaders.

Glutathione is the most powerful antioxidant the body produces, and it is used by every cell in the human body. It binds and removes toxins from our cells and prevents them from spreading. It also neutralizes invading free radicals. Glutathione even boosts cellular energy, which allows our entire bodies to function more efficiently.

The problem is that glutathione decreases with age, illness and even lack of sleep. Almost every chronic illness–cancer, type 2 diabetes, etc.–is associated with depleted glutathione levels.[6. http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jaa/2012/736837/] And if you’re looking to restore glutathione levels, it cannot be directly supplemented because full glutathione gets completely broken down before it has a chance to enter the cells.[7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1362956]

It is possible to acquire food-grade glutathione through a few known nutritional sources. Instead of ingesting whole glutathione, though, you must instead provide the body with the amino acid precursors cysteine, glycine and glutamine.

Once provided the tools, the body will do the rest.

Raw vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, kale, garlic and onions provide a good healthy start, but bioactive whey protein is essential.  When derived from grass-fed cows and processed at low-temperatures to prevent loss of vital nutrients, bioactive whey protein contains the enzymes needed to guide glutathione’s precursors into cells.[8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12537959]

If proper glutathione levels are maintained or re-attained, the body can fight to reduce toxic build up caused by pesticides, antibiotics, heavy metals and more.

Once toxicity is reduced to a safe, healthy level, your body can naturally restore proper hormone function and weight-loss resistance becomes a thing of the past. You are one step closer to becoming a bona fide fat-burning, muscle-building machine.

What Whey Can Do For You

high-grade whey protein supplement can be your biggest ally en route to a healthy lifestyle. It is fast-acting, easily absorbed by the body, and comes with none of the baggage of soy or casein protein. Regardless of your level of fitness, whey protein helps you:

  • Improve your body composition by burning unseen calories and preserving lean muscle mass.
  • Increase energy levels to keep you motivated and excited for your workouts.
  • Regulate blood glucose levels by slowing sugars absorption into the bloodstream.
  • Boost your metabolism by helping your cells work more efficiently.
  • Strengthen your mental focus and alertness by activating orexin.
  • Bolster immune function and reduce toxicity by supporting the production of glutathione.

Maximized Living’s Perfect Protein is derived from 100-percent antibiotic-free, grass-fed cows. It contains no A1 casein, no lactose and is sweetened with all-natural stevia.

While you’re getting into shape this summer, be sure to utilize Maximized Living’s Perfect Protein. (Or if you’re vegetarian, you can try our all new Plant Protein!)