This article is in response to an inquiry by someone looking lose about 20 pounds and asked about the weight loss recommendation with Herbalife.
Now I will start by stating that we should get all our proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals from natural whole food sources. All Herbalife Shakes and products are supplement to the natural way of nutrition. However, if whole food sources were easier to get, fast food restaurants would not be so popular 🙂
So, first let me write about your workout, then the non-workout days.
On a workout day, it is recommended to have a meal 4 hours before workout. It should consist of a good amount of protein, medium amount of carbohydrate and very little fat.
If your workout is in the morning, eating 4 hours before maybe a little impossible. This is when the shakes fit in best. You can have a shake 30 to 90 minutes before workout and all should be working for you to maximize your workout. Obviously, a shake will also help in the afternoon 30 to 90 minutes before workout.
You want to get all of your food into your digestive system prior to workout, this is because when you workout your sympathetic system will be activated and anything that is not digested will probably just sit in your stomach until 30 – 60 minutes after your workout.
Here is a good video on your sympathetic system if you’re not sure what that is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IDgBlCHVsA
During your workout you want to do any muscle building exercise first, the stored carbohydrates in your muscles will be used as energy first. After any muscle building then you want to incorporate a cardio to maximize fat oxidation or burn.
Weight Loss Recommendation
Herbalife24® Formula 1 Sport
Milk protein isolate good for muscles during exercise
Calcium phosphate good for when you hit a weight loss plateau
Potassium Chloride to negate the water retention of salt.
Another good product for pre-workout is:
Herbalife24® Prepare Tropical Mango
This is good if you don’t eat a lot of red meat. It contains creatine for energy but if you eat red meat or poultry you wouldn’t have the need for this product.
Herbalife24® Rebuild Strength Chocolate 35.6 Oz.
Whey protein good for a quick release to aid your muscles in repairing
MCT: Medium Chain Triglycerides which are burned much like a carbohydrate for a natural boost of energy
Plus all the vitamins and minerals listed on the label.
Hopefully this helps with working out.
Now on a normal non-working out related meal. Again, whole foods are best, but a shake can save a lot of time.
The Herbalife Formula 1 Protein Shakes
These shakes have Soy protein isolate as the main source. This type of protein will mostly be used up by your organs. Herbalife usually says “heart healthy soy protein” but it’s great for when you’re on the go.
Herbalife also have a multivitamin, a product to help your body absorb the nutrients you place into it, an omega-3, product to aid to keep your blood sugar from spiking, and a lot more.
Your meals should be colorful, with lots of veggies. The ratio should be 30% Protein, 30% Healthy Fats and 40% Carbohydrates.
Now for the tea, sorry this is pretty long 🙂
Caffeine is a great product for helping your body release fat from your fat cells for oxidation or burn. The more fat you have circulating your blood during workout or just your normal low calorie day, the more you can burn off. The reason why the herbal tea is good is that it doesn’t have carbohydrates. Carbs neutralize the fat mobilization that caffeine can produce. So, unless you enjoy black coffee, tea is a good alternative.