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Will protein shakes help me lose weight?


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I'm trying to lose about 40 pounds and am new to this site.  I've been paying more attention to the percentages of fat, protein, and carbs I'm eating since joining.  I've learned I seem to have a love affair with carbs!  :)  Will upping my protein daily by drinking protein shakes make a difference in my weight loss?
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yes, if it replaces fats or foods consisting of empty calories. otherwise, no, protein shakes alone will not cause you to lose weight. they will help maintain muscle tissue.
I am trying to cut back on carbs and replace them with the protein shakes, as well as starting to lift weights (in addition to the cardio I have been doing 5-6 days a week).  I am hoping this will help jump start my weight loss, as I think my love of carbs is sabotaging my progress!
well, carbs supply energy, so you can have good workouts, and burn fat, so you need the right balance.
Have you logged any of your meals in the calorie counter?  It will give you an analysis so you can see the breakdown of carbs, proteins and fats.  Up to 60% of your daily intake can be carbs.

I don't think that a protein shake will help with weight loss unless you are not getting enough protein in your diet.  Taking in too much protein can be hard on your body.  There is no place to "store" excess protein in your body and your kidneys have to work harder to get rid of it sometimes causing water weight gain. 

Where are you getting all these carbs? 
I do log my meals daily.  I am staying under 60% for carbs, I guess that has just seemed really high to me!  I'm trying to figure out what I can do to start losing again, as I've hit a wall and haven't lost anything in a few weeks!  :(

I've added in weights to my workouts, up to running 4 miles several days a week, added the protein shakes, working out 5-6 days a week instead of 4-5 days, drinking more water, and upped my calories from 1200 a day to about 1800 a day. 

Any other  suggestions as to what I can do to get off this plateau???
driger, thanks for the link!  I didn't know that you should avoid anything with more than 15 grams of carbs for every 100.  That's a great article for someone like me who is new to this percentages thing!
As a athlete at college, our nutritionist advised 40% protein, 40% carbs and 20% good fats (not from animal sources) to help us slim down and peak performance ability. This has helped me tremendously and provides a good balance for losing fat, maintaining muscle, and having energy available.
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