Research suggests consuming 25-30 g of quality protein at each meal may benefit weight loss by improving energy metabolism, protein synthesis, and appetite control [1
]. Given this, the best time to drink protein shakes for weight loss is whenever you find it most difficult to get 25-30 g of protein at mealtime. For most Americans, this is most likely in the morning, as evidence suggests protein consumption at breakfast is generally well below the 25-30 g/meal mark [1
If you’re trying to lose weight and are not getting at least 25-30 g of protein at breakfast, drinking a protein shake in the morning may be most beneficial for weight loss.
While it’s best to consume quality protein sources through wholesome foods, protein shakes can be a convenient source of protein and help you achieve the recommended 25-30 g of protein/meal to aid in weight loss [1