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EAS Soy Protein… still have a jug of it if you want it….

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EAS – Energy. Athletics. Strength.

EAS started in 1992 and their products can be found in just about every big box retailer, drugstore, grocery store, and vitamin/supplement specialty store.  I have even seen coupons for EAS products in the Sunday paper, which is probably why I have tried it out.

HEalth Supplement Choices website provides an excellent recap on EAS overall. According to their website, “EAS is a science based company with some of their products being certified by the NSF. The NSF is an organization that approves consumer goods. Only a small percentage of supplement companies are certified by the NSF…. EAS Soy Protein Powder is a great source of protein with very low amounts of fat and no cholesterol.

 Each serving of 44 g (1 scoop) contains:

  • 170 calories
  • 1.5 grams of fat
  • 19 grams of carbs
  • 17 grams of sugar
  • 20 grams of protein

When compared to whey protein, soy comes up a bit short for athletes and bodybuilders. Overall it’s not as effective as whey protein. However, there are some benefits of soy protein worth mentioning. Vegetarians are usually the main consumers of soy protein powder because it’s a great alternative to animal protein. It contains all the essential amino acids your body needs. Essential amino acids are referred to as “essential” because your body cannot produce them… You must get them from your diet. Other notable benefits of soy protein are it’s ability to lower cholesterol, and it’s ability to reduce certain forms of cancer.” Read full article:  EAS Soy Protein Powder Review

My personal experience…..

I’ve tried several different types of protein powders and this one ranks the lowest on the totem pole with respect to flavor and texture. I bought a jug of the vanilla, mixed one shake worth and am sure I made the bitter beer face when I took my first sip. The texture was a bit clumpy and it had an aftertaste that I can’t quite put my finger on. Like a serving of Nyquil, I pinched my nose and downed the sucker. The jug is still sitting on my counter top if you want it.

I was quite surprised that the EAS protein powder would taste this gross (sorry for lack of better wording). I have drunk the EAS Myoplex ready-made drinks and have eaten the EAS nutrition bars. Both of these other products were quite good and would recommend them to anyone, but the EAS Soy Protein… yuck. I can feel myself tasting it even as I type this review.

The Zone Diet

The “Zone Diet” has to be the first diet I ever really tried and stuck with. According to WebMD, the “Zone Diet “offers more than just claims about weight-loss. By retooling your metabolism with a diet that is 30% protein, 30% fat, and 40% carbohydrates, The Zone diet authors contend that you can expect to turn back encroaching heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Another much-touted advantage is better athletic performance. Sears doesn’t come right out and claim he has found the cure for heart disease or diabetes or discovered how to win athletic competitions. Instead he provides glowing anecdotes from people who have taken The Zone diet to heart.”

I started following the Zone Diet my first year living on a mountain resort as a snowboard instructor in the late 1990s. Hey, it did Jennifer Aniston a body good so it was going to do the same for me. My life was all about 30/30/40. The Zone Diet took a lot of work to get the right balance of protein/fat/carbs and I found that I was able to stick with the diet 75% of the time. Basically, I always fell of the wagon at night-time when it came time to eat what everyone else was eating. Many a night my diet was abandoned for McDonald’s french fries or a tasty burrito.

I was able to memorize the perfect 30/30/40 breakfast of cottage cheese, fruit, and almonds and ate that for years, mostly because it didn’t require any thought. To be honest, I don’t even like cottage cheese and fruit all that much. I have no idea how I ate it for almost 4 years. Trying to obtain 30/30/40 often left me counting calories constantly. Did I lose weight and keep it off while adhering to the Zone Diet? Yes, I lost 15 pounds when I started the diet and kept it off for 4 years while I stayed on the diet. Did I spend a lot of time trying to figure out what I could eat and how much I could eat? Yes, I felt like it was taking over my life to the point where I dreaded the holidays with my extended family.

Why did abandon the Zone Diet philosophy? I ended up abandoning the diet because I joined the Army. I ended up putting on 10 pounds during Basic Training because I got to eat and eat and eat. It was awesome. Why have I never chose to get back on the diet? It was too much work. Now days, I need to be able to cook one meal that my whole family will eat and I will not deprive myself of french fries if that’s what is on the plate.