Whey Protein Is it Worth It?
Let’s start by getting rid of some myths..
Back when I first started out my road to Gainesville, all I was worried about was buying the best whey protein on the market, and taking endless scoops 2/3x a day. Later down the road, I forgot the most crucial part to any successful path to see results in gaining quality muscle tissue.
Your diet and the foods you eat, should be your main concern to start off with…
The food you consume are made up of macronutrients that’s your protein, carbs and fats. To break it in to simple terms and not go down too many rabbit holes, we shall focus solely on the macronutrient protein.
It can be classified as “complete” or an “incomplete” protein, they must contain a full amino acid profile (more on this another time) hence the rabbit hole scenario
Protein is essential macronutrient, in fact one of the most important one you need to support your vital organs, growth of cells and of course muscle tissue. You can mainly find protein in both plant and in the animal world. It’s also abundant in legumes, nuts, seeds and even seaweed.
Your body uses dietary protein to build muscle and other tissues, enzymes, cell production, skin, hair nails blah blah blah the list goes on.
Now the exact amount you need a day is determined on a numerous of things. Age, gender, weight, overall health and your physical activity level. Normally us guys require more protein that women, and of course if you are most physically active.
Especially if you weight train
Now supplementing with whey protein can be very useful for two reasons.
1. It’s convenient meaning you can add water, milk of juice to it
2. AND it’s less filling than whole foods which means it’s much easier to digest and can be lower in calories
So for those who are always on the go and work hard in the gym, they a perfect way to hit your protein requirements for the day
But be wary of what brands you buy, look on the back of the product for the ingredients listed. A lot of companies use cheap “fillers” to bump up the product and taste. Which can have a nasty affect on the gut (you could probably imagine I’ve tested many in the past)
Try to avoid the cheaper brands as they are normally a give a way to in terms of the quality of the product.
There are four types of whey protein (I know how confusing)
You have Whey concentrate, Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Hydrolysate, Casein Powder.
In a nutshell all have different digestion breakdown times and the way they get broken down in the body.
But I would always stick with the Whey Protein Isolate as they remove unwanted lactose, fats and particles. Yes they may be a little bit pricey but handle well on the gut.
Now unless you are a regular gym goer and have already sorted your DIET out FIRST..
Whey protein is not something that you should begin to worry to much when you start out. But should definitely be included when you work with the basics first.
The timings are completely up to you, I have found with my clients either first thing with breakfast as a lot of us are on the go and can’t always cook up a hearty egg meal. Or immediately post training is a great way to consume.
My top brands I love are;
Genetic Supplements – BIO Whey
Love life Supplements – Whey Protein
Grenade – Hydra 6
Scitec Nutrition – Whey Isolate
They seem to settle well with my clients and they taste pretty awesome too, not just some lump of sawdust in your mouth
Hope this has helped, be sure to like and share. Happy lifting guys