Collagen for Weight Loss: 5 Ways to Lose Weight With Collagen

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Did you know that collagen protein is one of the most satiating protein powders and can help promote weight loss?  Protein intake has been extensively studied for its ability to support weight loss, satisfy one’s appetite, and provide fullness. The distinctive structure of collagen protein peptides has been studied and found to provide greater satiating ability over other protein types – including whey and soy protein – in the same quantity.  Collagen’s unique amino acid profile also allows it to help in suppressing appetite and promoting lean body mass. Learn more about collagen weight loss benefits and why you might want to consider collagen for weight loss below. You might be surprised at the collagen weight loss benefits!

Benefits of Collagen for Weight Loss

Losing weight can be hard, and keeping the weight down can be even harder. Thankfully, numerous studies have shown that collagen may be able to help. Collagen can not only help you lose weight, it can also help you deal with some of the side effects of weight loss too, including ensuring your body stays strong and maintaining the integrity of your skin after shedding a few pounds. Below you will find five ways in which collagen can be pretty useful when it comes to losing weight, maintaining it, and looking good. Some of the benefits of collagen powder may even surprise you!

1. Collagen Provides Fullness Unlike Other Proteins

Specifically, research has shown collagen protein peptides are even more satiating than other protein types. One clinical trial found collagen to be 40% more filling than the same quantity of whey, casein, or soy, and individuals consumed 20% less at their next meal after collagen consumption than individuals who consumed other types of protein2. That means they consumed 20% fewer calories, thus promoting weight loss because less energy is consumed.

A lot of people use other types of protein powders for the purpose of promoting satiation, but many of these protein products can be packed with fillers and other unnatural additives for taste. Collagen is great because in its pure form, it had no sweeteners or otherwise. Clean collagen can help you stay full and satisfied without other unhelpful substances entering your body. When you feel fuller and for a longer time, you are much less likely to overeat the next time you have a meal. Less energy consumption is one of the keys to losing weight.

2. Collagen May Help Suppress Appetite

A helpful collagen weight loss benefit is that it may help suppress appetite. Another study among obese and diabetic patients found intake of hydrolyzed collagen stimulated the release of satiating hormones into the blood. After consumption of collagen, patients had a reduced appetite, resulting in a decreased overall food intake3. These diabetic patients were able to lose weight by eating less because the collagen protein played an important role in reducing their appetites. 

Suppressing hunger hormones won’t directly help you lose weight by itself. However, it makes it much easier for you to have cravings or give in to cravings, because you don’t feel the desire to eat as strongly. Losing weight is hard enough, so why not make it easier for you to keep up with your weight loss diet?

3. Collagen May Help Retain Muscle Mass

As we age, our bodies lose muscle mass and often replace it with fat. This loss of muscle correlates with excess excretion of nitrogen in urine and increased dietary protein needs in elderly people. Research has shown collagen protein supplementation can be effective in helping aging individuals maintain lean body mass and preserve nitrogen balance. In a study among 71-year-old women, patients who supplemented with collagen peptides demonstrated better preservation of lean body mass and nitrogen balance than patients who were given whey supplements4. Higher muscle mass helps with weight loss because the body burns calories faster. 

Of course, retaining muscle mass is important for aging, but it’s also important in general when it comes to losing weight and staying healthy. If we want to stay active in order to keep our bodies strong, we also need to make sure we can help the body prevent injury and aches and pains. Arginine, which is an amino acid that can be found in collagen, has been found to help support overall strength in adult males7. It has also been found to promote recovery! This is important in helping you stay active and on the right track to losing that weight and keeping it off.

4. Collagen Protein May Positively Impact Weight Loss

Consuming adequate levels of protein is important for maintaining a lean body and supporting weight loss. Protein is the most satiating macronutrient – research has shown consumption of a protein-rich diet reduces overall energy consumption by making you feel full longer7, 8. One clinical study found individuals who increased protein consumption and consumed lower glycemic foods had more significant weight loss and maintained weight loss longer than individuals on lower protein diets1, helping to demonstrate collagen weight loss effects.

5. Collagen May Help In Smoothing Cellulite Appearance

By strengthening the dermis layer of our skin, collagen also plays an important role in hiding cellulite. Cellulite becomes more visible as our skin stretches, thins, and sags. Collagen makes up 70% of our skin, proving it to be a very important component of the body. It also makes up 90% of our connective tissues. Therefore, it makes sense that collagen supplementation has been clinically proven to increase skin-collagen expression and improve elasticity and thickness, which is important for hiding fat cells that lie underneath the skin5, 6.

How to Use Collagen for Weight Loss

Implementing collagen into your daily routine is way easier than you may think. Collagen products are now widely available, and they come in many forms. You can get your collagen from bone broth, for example, but many find it easier to use collagen supplements instead. The most popular way of adding collagen into one’s diet is through using collagen peptides, which are hydrolyzed collagen molecules in powder form that can be absorbed into just about any liquid, hot or cold! 

We recommend Further Food Collagen Peptides, because they are organic and GMO-free. They are sourced from grass-fed bovine hides from South America, and are highly bioavailable. Further Food Premium Marine Collagen Peptides are also a great source of hydrolyzed collagen that sustainably comes from wild-caught codfish. Both of these collagen products are flavorless, so you can add them into virtually any recipe! Of course, if you’re looking for some flavor, try Further Food Chocolate Collagen Peptides or our Vanilla Collagen Peptides!

Let’s not forget that gelatin is packed with collagen as well, and we have our Premium Gelatin Powder that’s great for recipes requiring a special, jelly-like texture. 

As you can see, there is a wide range of options for incorporating collagen into your daily routine. Collagen is not only a source of protein but also helps maintain fullness and promotes weight loss. It can suppress your appetite, help you maintain lean body mass, and hide pesky cellulite that comes from losing weight. Just one to two scoops a day will help you heal your body, lose weight and maintain it — and it’s never too late to start!

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Citations:

1. Larson, TM. “Diets with High or Low Protein Content and Glycemic Index for Weight-loss Maintenance.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 25 Nov. 2010. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21105792>

2. Hays, MP, H. Kim, et al. “Effects of Whey and Fortified Collagen Hydrolysate Protein Supplements on Nitrogen Balance and Body Composition in Older Women.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, June 2009. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19465192>.

3. Rubio, IG, and Gláucia Castro. “Oral Ingestion of a Hydrolyzed Gelatin Meal in Subjects with Normal Weight and in Obese Patients: Postprandial Effect on Circulating Gut Peptides, Glucose and Insulin.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Mar. 2008.  <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18319637>.

4. Veldhorst, Margriet AB, et al. “A breakfast with alpha-lactalbumin, gelatin, or gelatin+ TRP lowers energy intake at lunch compared with a breakfast with casein, soy, whey, or whey-GMP.” Clinical Nutrition 28.2 (2009): 147-155.

5. Proksch, E. “Oral Supplementation of Specific Collagen Peptides Has Beneficial Effects on Human Skin Physiology: A Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Study.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23949208>

6. Zague, Vivian, Vanessa Freitas De, Marina Rosa Da Costa, Geórgia Castro Álvares De, Ruy Jaeger G., and Gláucia Machado-Santelli M. “Collagen Hydrolysate Intake Increases Skin Collagen Expression and Suppresses Matrix Metalloproteinase 2 Activity.” Journal of Medicinal Food 14.6 (2011): 618-24. Web.

7. Hochstenbach-Waelen A. “Single-Protein casein and gelatin diets affect energy expenditure similarly but substrate balance and appetite differently in adults.” Journal of Nutrition, vol. 139, no. 12, Dec. 2009. Pubmed, doi:10.3945/jn.109.110403.

8. Chiang, Tsay-I, et al. “Amelioration of estrogen deficiency-Induced obesity by collagen hydrolysate.” International Journal of Medical Sciences, vol. 13, no. 11, 2016, pp. 853–857., doi:10.7150/ijms.16706.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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62 thoughts on “Collagen for Weight Loss: 5 Ways to Lose Weight With Collagen

  1. Cathy Slawter

    Hi I purchased your collagen on Amazon but have 2 questions.
    1. I have read to take collagen on empty stomach for best effect but have also read to take with food to avoid stomach upset. Which is correct?

    2. Will taking collagen in a small amount of juice break my fast if I am doing intermittent fasting.

    Thank you!

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    1. Recipe Team

      Hi Cathy:
      Thanks for your questions. Collagen can be taken on an empty stomach, however some people prefer it with food to help minimize stomach upset. You can try either way to see if one works better for you. While there are different ways to follow intermittent fasting, collagen in juice would be considered by many to break your fast.
      Good luck.

      Reply
  2. Peggy Brite

    I have been taking this product for maybe 3 months and just started my second container. I really feel a difference in my joints and skin. I am skinny and my average weight is 128. Since taking this product I have lost a lot of weight and my appetite has increased in eating all day. What do you suggest in helping with gaining weight while taking this product . I love the product but don’t need to lose weight.

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  3. Christina Perez

    Does this contain all 5 collagen types? Can you use this as a post workout protien shake and can you take too much collagen? Thank you.

    Reply
  4. Joyce

    Hi,

    I am interested in the clinical studies that were done on collagen and weight loss – I love hearing that it helps with satiation etc, but are there actual studies?

    Thanks so much!

    Reply
    1. Recipe Team

      Thanks for the question. We have several references listed at the bottom of this article which address how collagen has helped with satiation and in promoting weight loss. Let us know if you have any other questions.

      Reply
    1. Recipe Team

      Hi Evelyn: Thanks for the question-we recommend one to two scoops a day. Collagen can be mixed into any beverage or food-it will not affect the texture or taste. Good luck!

      Reply
  5. Lynda Cooper

    I have been taking Collagen tablets for about two months. I have noticed a wait gain. So, I went on a healthy low calorie diet for two weeks and I have not lost even one pound. I actually gained another pound. I am taking ……Vitamin E, D3, C gummies, Omega 3, Biotin gummies, Moringa and Citrus Bergamot and garlic supplements. I read that collagen should help in losing weight. I have noticed that a couple of other viewers had the same issue that I have.

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  6. SANDY

    I HAVE SEVERE OSTEOPORSIS. THE MORE I READ THE MORE CONFUSED I GET AS TO WHAT I SHOULD BE ORDERING. I AM ALSO LOSING HAIR BY THE HANDFULS. I AM ON A THYROID MED FOR THAT BUT READ YOUR PRODUCT CAN HELP THAT ALSO. ANY ADVICE WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

    Reply
  7. Elizabeth Dias Hooper

    Hi thank you so much for the information. I am low in iron vitamin D. So I am diabetic also I am trying to lose some weight. I read that I don’t need to eat but only take the collagen. So how many times a day and for how long? And how should I make my powder collagen mix with what? Thank you Elizabeth

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    1. Recipe Team

      Hi Elizabeth: Thanks for the question. We recommend one to two scoops of collagen a day. Further Food Collagen mixes easily into any liquid such as juice or coffee as well as it can be mixed into any recipe without added texture or flavor. Since we continue to lose collagen as we age, we recommend taking collagen indefinitely for continued benefits. Good luck!

      Reply
  8. Anne Whitaker

    I’m in my late 50ths I have fibromyalgia, arthritis and reactive arthritis. I have loss body mass on legs and arms excise does help much. I take various medication.
    Would I benefit from Collagen to improve ones sagging features , weight loss and build body muscle

    Reply
    1. Recipe Team

      Anjali: Thanks for the question. Collagen is a pure protein that can be used for various health benefits. However, since we don’t know enough about your kidney condition, we recommend that you check with your medical provider with specific questions related to your diagnosis.

      Reply
  9. süßigkeiten mit wenig zucker

    Spot on with this write-up, I truly think this website needs much more consideration. Ill probably be again to read much more, thanks for that info.

    Reply
  10. Wieviel Eiweiß

    Id have to check with you here. Which is not something I usually do! I enjoy reading a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

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  11. Rola

    Hi
    Thanks alot for your feedback …I do not increase my calorie on the contrary I tried to not eat that much cuz I couldn’t fint in my cloths anymore. I am graceful and I use to exercise and nothing is changed at all. Am taking collagen before getting to bed abed and 3 hour after I had my dinner almost with orange juice which I prepare it. Thanks in advance

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  12. Rola

    Why am gaining weight once I use collagen. I tried different types and the result was the same am so sad cuz its realy bother me am geting realy fat..pls help me

    Reply
    1. Recipe Team

      Rola: Typically collagen helps to promote weight loss. What are you using it with? Have you increased your calorie intake otherwise? We’d like to know more information to help you.

      Reply
  13. William O Rourke

    Hi ? I am taking collagen for joint relief but I have lost weight also . I watch my diet and do regular exercise but would the intake of collagen be a factor in the weight loss also . Thanks

    Reply
  14. Margo Lucas

    Further Food’s Collagen Protein is my new favorite weight-loss tool! When I add a scoop to my morning cup of tea, I feel so full that I am able to go several hours before breaking my fast from the night before. I tried drinking a protein shake in the mornings, but was starving within an hour. Been off sugar, bread, pasta, potatoes, & rice for a year now, and have lost 50 pounds! Plan to use Further Food’s Collagen Protein to lose another 15 pounds!

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  15. Sara

    I have bevening taking collagen supplement for four days and I felt that my weight gain
    Does collagen cause weight gain

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    1. Recipe Team

      Hi Sara: Actually the opposite-collagen has been shown to promote fullness and lead to decreased cravings and weight loss. What are you using your collagen in? Perhaps you are taking in extra calories elsewhere?

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    1. Recipe Team

      Hi Sandra:
      Thanks for the question. Capsules may contain additional ingredients besides collagen and capsules are not absorbed as efficiently as powder. We recommend Further Food Collagen powder as a high quality, all natural protein powder.

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