Can we have protein powder?

We have found that a high-quality, clean protein powder, with its primary source of protein coming from legumes, can be efficacious under certain circumstances:

1. As a way to speed up fat loss (preserving lean muscle mass from being burned as you lose weight while burning more fat).
2. For exceedingly slow weight loss.
3. To help mitigate extremely low energy.
4. To improve satiety.
5. For body building/as a workout protein supplement.
6. If you want to include higher grams of protein in order to optimize your food plan, which aides the lowering of the Adiposity Set Point (fat).

We recommend a plant-based protein powder called Complement Protein Powder:

You can use 1 oz. in your morning oatmeal as half of your breakfast protein serving. (2 oz. of Complement Protein Powder equals 1 protein serving in Bright Line Eating.) You could also add it to other foods such as yogurt or mix it into a glass of water. We do not recommend protein powders that contain natural flavors or other fillers.

Generally speaking, the Weight-Loss Food Plan protein grams fall on the lower end of average. With the addition of this protein powder, the protein grams would fall on the higher end for an average protein serving. (Average daily protein for adult women is 46 grams and 56 grams for adult men.)

For example*:

1. An average plant-based Bright Line Eating weight-loss protein serving of 4 oz. almond milk and 1 oz. nuts and or seeds would be 5 grams of protein. Replacing the nuts and seeds with 1 oz. Complement Protein Powder boosts the protein to 16 grams of protein.
2. An average meat and dairy weight-loss protein serving of 2 eggs would be 10-12 grams of protein. Replacing 1 egg with 1 oz. Complement Protein Powder boosts the protein to 25 grams of protein.
3. A 6-oz. serving of beans would be 16 grams of protein. Replacing 3 oz. of beans with 1 oz. Complement Protein Powder boosts the protein to 23 grams of protein.
*All measurements are approximate.

We suggest tracking usage and paying mindful attention to how your body is responding. The higher you are on the Susceptibility Scale, the more necessary it is to pay attention to your body’s responses, using those cues to make a decision about whether you want to continue using the protein powder or not.

As with all Bright Line Eating decisions, things to consider:
1. Where you fall on the Susceptability Scale.
2. Your own personal triggers.
3. How the need for this product may be expressed in your physiology (i.e., low energy; dramatic, slow, or no weight loss; ongoing feelings of insatiable hunger; etc.).

This is just one more option you may choose to employ in your Bright Line Eating journey. Bright Line Eaters do not “have” to use it. However, we do think it can be incorporated into one’s BLE food plan with good results.