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How to Use Protein Powder for Weight Loss


If you’re struggling to lose weight after improving your overall diet and exercising more often, it may be time to consider using protein powder. Now, it’s not a quick fix for dropping pounds, but it can certainly aid the process. Before you run to the grocery store and pick a random tub off of the shelf, however, there are a few things to consider. How can you best use protein powder to maintain your ideal weight? Is there a specific blend you should choose over another?

Here are a few of our protein powder tips for beginners:

When Should I Use Protein Powder?
Protein powder is most commonly used to aid the development of lean muscle. When muscle is built, your metabolism skyrockets, helping you burn more calories and ultimately lose weight successfully. It can also decrease your hunger and appetite, which contributes to curbed cravings and weight loss. To properly build muscle mass, here’s when you can consume protein powder:

  • In the morning – After being inactive throughout the night, your body needs proper nourishment to thrive. Your system breaks down the muscle to gain energy unless you refuel your body, according to Sprout Living. Consider adding protein powder to your morning green smoothie.
  • After a workout – Once you finish your normal fitness routine, your muscles are more susceptible to absorbing vitamins, minerals and protein. Drink a protein shake within 30 minutes of your workout.
  • As a snack – If you’re not meeting your daily protein requirement from whole foods, have a protein shake as a snack. This doesn’t only continue to aid muscle growth, it contributes to overall wellness and regularity as well.

What Type of Protein Powder Should I Use?
The most common protein powders are made from whey and casein, but these types are dairy-based, which can cause an unsettling or allergic reaction. Non-organic powders especially are likely filled with preservatives, artificial sweeteners, GMOs and synthetic toxins.

Luckily, there are many plant-based, organic options to choose from. Soy, hemp, rice and pea protein powders are packed with protein and can deliver significant results without all of the harmful additives. Our Hallelujah Diet Essential Protein Powder, specifically, is made from a blend of protein concentrates from dry peas, rice and organic raw seeds. We top off the entire blend with prebiotic fibers to ensure a smooth mixture. This organic protein can help you maintain a healthy weight, build strong bones and lean muscle, and strengthen your immune system.


  1. Rose Grassellli July 10, 2017

    Doesn’t Barley mix do the same?

    • Melody Hord July 11, 2017

      Hi Rose,
      BarleyMax does not contain much protein; Less than 1 gram per serving. Therefore, BarleyMax does not help with building muscles. However, its antioxidants would be excellent after a workout. Furthermore, I have heard people say that it helps curb their appetite. For me, drinking freshly extracted vegetable juices as well as BarleyMax does indeed help stop cravings. There are many reasons people have cravings. Evidently, flooding the body with trace minerals, vitamins and plant nutrients and water are yet another way to help keep our bodies satisfied.
      For those who enjoy Protein Drinks, adding a big scoop of BarleyMax would make it even more nutritious.

  2. Annette July 11, 2017

    Good information about the protein powder. Did not know that it can also decrease your hunger and appetite, which contributes to curbed cravings and weight loss. I did not know that Non-organic powders especially are likely filled with preservatives, artificial sweeteners, GMOs and synthetic toxins. This blog would be good for especially for a person that works out and playing sports. I will have to consider this for my grandson, he plays football and this would be good before and after playing.

  3. Norma Bryson July 17, 2017

    I am hearing negatives about Soy. I go back and forth. I like tofu in my brown rice and I like the soy burger mix. Are these types of soy good or bad? What kind of soy is in your protein powder?

    • Melody Hord July 17, 2017

      Hey there Norma, Hallelujah Diet is not an advocate of soy. There is no soy in the Hallelujah Diet Protein Powders. I have read that Okinawans, a long-living culture, eat tofu. I sometimes partake in tofu as well as tempeh. I broil it on both sides. Then I drizzle olive oil on it and sprinkle granulated garlic powder on top. If you choose to partake in it from time to time, I recommend it be non-GMO and organic.

  4. Connie Gesser August 11, 2017

    I had Hallelujah Tropical Protein Powder mixed with Hallelujah Berry Super Food for a snack today and yesterday. It tasted good. The best way to drink tropical protein powder is in a smoothie with frozen tropical fruit.

    My favorite flavor is sweet vanilla. My second favorite is almost chocolate.

    I like to drink protein powder in almond milk or coconut milk. I also enjoy adding it to a fruit smoothie. It makes a perfect between meal healthy snack. It helps tie me over between meals, especially if I eat an early breakfast and a late supper.

  5. Where can I find the nutritional breakdown of the protein powder?

    • Melody Hord August 14, 2017

      The on-line shopping site works a little different than before. If you go to the Essential Protein Powder page, there is a place to select a flavor. Once the flavor is selected, then the label will populate for that flavor. Click HERE for the link.

  6. Angela July 8, 2019

    Great information on Protein Powders and the benefits of it!

  7. TBlack July 9, 2019

    Great tips on using protein powders to curb your appetite and help with weight loss. I also would not have thought about having a protein shake right after a workout. Good way to replenish your body with healthy nutrients.

  8. Jennifer July 11, 2019

    I never thought about protein powder helping to lose weight. Thanks for the information!

  9. Whenever I take the Hallelujah Protein Powder, it makes
    my bowel movements hard. Has anyone experienced this as well? I stopped using it.

  10. How would I use this for gaining weight? I can not seem to put on weight.

  11. Connie May 11, 2021

    Health food and grocery stores offer many protein powders that are made from whey and casein. I agree dairy-based protein powder, can cause an allergic reaction. Most non-organic powders often contain preservatives, artificial sweeteners, GMOs and synthetic toxins.
    I’m glad Hallelujah Diet offers organic plant protein powder.

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