Whey protein are more typically associated with muscle building than weight loss, but that’s not to say that this wonderful protein can’t help you reach your fat loss goals faster than you would have thought possible, while also affording you a wealth of direct benefits.

Whey protein has been known for a long time, but it is only relatively recently that it has become specifically used by athletes and bodybuilders. Whey is a direct milk and cheese by-product. Once milk has coagulated into cheese, there remains a liquid; the solids held in suspension in this liquid are then extracted and dried by various methods, refined and concentrated. The result is whey, and is available in several concentrations: whey protein concentrate, the least concentrated and monetarily cheapest, whey protein isolate, highly concentrated and slightly more expensive and whey protein hydrolysate, a partially pre-digested type of whey that is extremely refined and bioavailable but financially prohibitive.

What makes whey very popular is that it is very quickly absorbed in the body, contrary to milk or casein which gels in the stomach. It also is very rich in essential Branched Chain Amino Acids. These amino acids, L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine and L-Valine, are essential to trigger protein synthesis and anabolic muscle growth, particularly when taken immediately after your workouts or physical activity.

But how can this protein, exceptional though it may be, translate into weight loss? One of the first mechanisms in which it does so it through increased metabolic function; proteins, even highly bioavailable whey proteins, require more energy than carbohydrates or fat to process, thus increasing your baseline energetic needs, which over the long term can translate into fat loss.

In addition to triggering anabolic growth, Branched Chain Amino Acids (also known as BCAAs) can be metabolized directly inside muscle cells, bypassing the liver. They can thus serve as cellular fuel, reducing your need for carbohydrates and fat. The multi-functional role of BCAAs is unique in all amino acids, and whey protein is that absolute best source of BCAAs.

Another aspect of whey to consider is that when properly refined, such as with Whey Protein Isolate, it is extremely low in fat, cholesterol and carbohydrates. It is as close to pure, complete protein as you can affordably get! This allows everyone, not only bodybuilders, to fully meet their protein requirement without resorting to traditional sources of proteins, such as meat, which are well-known sources of saturated fat.

One last aspect to consider when thinking of Whey supplementation to help control your weight, or lose accumulated body fat, is that proteins are very filling! By supplementing with delicious whey protein, you will trick your body into thinking that your stomach is fully than it really is, crushing your cravings and hopefully reducing your overall caloric intake.

With weight loss as with everything else, there is no magic bullet. You cannot take whey protein expecting that this alone will cut down your weight. You need a concerted, fully tough-of approach which combines a sensible and balanced diet, careful supplementation and a measure of exercise to ensure your success. Remember that you will never see results overnight. Stick to it and in a few weeks or months you will be absolutely stunned at what you’ve accomplished!

Author's Bio: 

Cecil D. Murphy is a writer and online marketer specializing in wellness, health and nutritional products. He was drawn to this field because of his own dark past both as a smoker, and as one who struggles with his weight. Visit his website to learn more about gluten-free ViSalus Shakes, or to buy ViSalus Products, assuming of course that you're ready to make a massive positive change in your life!