What’s the most slimming kind of protein shake?   To drop a quick 10 pounds before the holiday parties get into full swing, I’m thinking about trying something I read in a previous issue of FIRST: drinking protein shakes. But there are so many out there-soy, whey, brown rice, a rice-pea protein combo…Which do you recommend?

Protein shakes are a great way to shed pounds. Their amino acids such as leucine stabilize blood sugar to curb cravings and speed the shedding of belly fat, plus reduce the loss of lean muscle mass while dieting. In fact, some of my clients have lost up to 10 pounds in a week by replacing one or two meals a day with a shake. But I would stay away from soy protein shakes. The reason: The isolates used in most soy protein powders could be estrogenic, creating an overload of the hormone that packs on fat. They also can trigger inflammation, which is linked to fatigue, cravings and weight gain. And they often contain harmful MSG. I am a big fan of brown rice shakes and pea protein combo shakes because, in my experience, they offer the longest appetite suppression.

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