There comes a time in every man’s life when he has to admit that things do not always work as expected.
Back about 4 years ago, I introduced my IMW Dream Breakfast Shake. It was my answer to starting off the day with good nutrition, decreased hunger, and to help with weight loss if that was a goal.
Many of my patients used the IMW Dream Breakfast Shake as per the recipe, and found it very tasty, satisfying and helpful in the areas just mentioned. But others have come in and stated that while the shake was tasty, and they were using it at least 5 days a week for breakfast, they were not getting the desired results. I think I found out why, but before I let you in on it, let me review why the shake, as I make it, works well.
Dream Protein comes as a powdered whey protein in both vanilla and chocolate. It contains no sugar, but is sweetened with a natural no-calorie sweetener Stevia. Stevia while sweet, only minutely stimulates insulin production. This is important as insulin is what causes weight gain, usually as fat! Protein also acts as an appetite regulator, along with fat. If you eat enough protein and/or fat, your appetite shuts down. Carbohydrates do not have this same appetite decreasing effect. So one of main purposes of using the Dream Protein shakes in the morning is to keep insulin levels down and decrease overall appetite.
The Dream Protein works like a dream if you use it and mix it properly with other ingredients. I have found it to work well using full fat plain yogurt and some whole milk. I also add in a scoop of frozen blueberries. The scoop being the same size as the scoop of Dream Protein powder. As I do not like swallowing pills, I also add in some powdered magnesium, Coenzyme Q10, cinnamon powder and some liquid fish oils. I put this concoction into a strong blender along with some ice cubes and blend away.
Some time ago, I tallied the percentages of fat, protein and carbohydrates in this shake and it came to about 50% fat, 30% protein and 20% carbohydrate. To those of you who know me well, this is a perfect percentage for health. To others who follow the Standard American Diet, otherwise known as the SAD diet, you may be shocked and scared of all the fat. Well do not be. The only fat that should scare you is processed fats found in margarines and industrial seed and vegetable oils. Dairy fat, fish fat, grass-fed meat and chicken, eggs and avocados, butter and olive oil, and do not forget coconut oil, are actually very healthy for you.
What is bad for you are all the processed carbohydrates that turn into sugar, raise your insulin, and makes you hungry while increasing fat storage. Not exactly what you want if you are trying to lose weight around your midsection.
Why do I bring this up today?
I have recently spoken with a few of my patients who the IMW Dream Breakfast Shake was not producing the desired results. I always like to know why something is not working so I started asking questions. I usually figure out the cause after the first or second question.
Question #1: Are you following the IMW Dream Breakfast Shake recipe?
The answer to this is usually, “Recipe??? You have a recipe???”
Question #2: So what exactly are you putting into your shake besides the Dream protein?
Are you ready for these answers??
Remember the object is to keep your carbohydrates down.
Here are some of the ingredients I have been told and why I recommend not using them or at least decreasing their amounts.
1/2-2/3 cup of blueberries or strawberries – berries are a fruit and this amount will cause a rise in glucose, then an insulin surge which, everyone now, causes fat gain and hunger. My solution – use less berries, no more than the size of the scooper in the Dream protein.
4-8 ounces of juice – Juice is nothing more than sweetened flavored water and contains way too many carbohydrates. The carbohydrates will cause a rise in glucose, then an insulin surge which, everyone now, causes fat gain and hunger. My solution – DO NOT ADD JUICE TO YOUR SHAKE.
Honey or sugar – Do I really need to explain this one???
A banana – Bananas are very popular in shakes. They taste good and they also can thicken up a shake. Unfortunately bananas are mostly carbohydrates which, will cause a rise in glucose, then an insulin surge which, everyone now, causes fat gain and hunger. My solution – If you need to add banana to your shake, is to cut one banana into six slices, freeze them, then add one and only one slice to each shake. You will get the hint of banana taste without all the excess carbs.
Are you ready for this one? Can you believe that I have a patient who put a Three Musketeers candy bar into his shake and then complained that he was not losing weight? After we both had a good chuckle about this, he did tell me it was a very tasty shake.
Fat-free or low-fat flavored yogurt- These types of yogurt remove the natural fat and replace it with fruit and sugar. So the fat which works to decrease insulin and appetite is replaced with sugar which increases both insulin and appetites. The higher the insulin the more fat gets stored.
Skim milk- All the appetite reducing natural fat is removed, leaving all the lactose and carbohydrates to jack up your insulin and appetite. My solution, use whole milk or even half and half.
I hope I have made my point. The IMW Dream Breakfast Shake works well when the recipe is followed. Now I am sure there are other recipes that taste good and also keep appetites under control. If you have your own recipe, please post it here on my blog. If I agree that the recipe is low in processed carbohydrates and would taste good, I may offer you a special discount on your next purchase of Dream Protein. If I get enough recipes posted, I may even give out a free jar of Dream Protein as a prize, just because I am such a nice guy!!