Soy Hydrolysates For Weight Loss

Looking for a natural way to help manage your weight? Along with regular exercise and a healthy, balanced diet, soy protein hydrolysates may offer some assistance. Recent research conducted at Maastrict University in The Netherlands divided non-obese men (average age 28.5) into three groups. One drank a 250 mL beverage containing 4 grams of soy protein, another took the carbohydrate maltodextrin and the third consumed both before and after working out. Five different trials were conducted.

Those drinking the soy protein produced a higher rate of diet-induced thermogenesis, which is the body's method for transforming, transporting, and storing energy. They also experienced increased production of the hormone glucagon that converts glycogen into glucose and prompts its release into the bloodstream. This may allow ingestion of high-glycemic carbohydrates without the usual high blood glucose response.

The Bigger Picture: Soy is one of the few complete vegetable proteins, providing all eight essential amino acids including the anabolic and anti-catabolic branched chain amino acids (leucine, Isoleucine, and valine). That means a soy protein supplement has the capacity to help you gain lean mass while burning fat through the diet-induced thermogenesis reported in this study. And that's good news for healthy, active people who may prefer an alternative to dairy-based proteins.
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