What is Whey Protein and why is it good?

Whey Protein is derived from milk protein. However, unlike milk proteins – whey protein does not contain fat or lactose sugar. Whey protein is the best form of protein to take when using a supplement. Basically with Whey Protein you get all the advantages of protein without the excess baggage other proteins come with – no fat and no lactose.

Why should I supplement with whey protein?

▫️Convenient
▫️Relatively cheap
▫️It helps to build muscle mass
▫️It helps to speed up recovery time
▫️Maintain a healthy and fit body

▫️ It can help you lose weight

Are all protein shakes the same?

No. Make sure you do your research before buying a product ! Some are aimed at those wishing to add extra weight (weight gainers), some contain creatine and some are manufactured from different sources of proteins. Some are designed to assist with weight loss and encourage thermogenic responses from the body. Ascertain what your goal is first and purchase a protein supplement that compliments the goals you seek.

Will taking protein make me fat?

No – in fact it may help you if you are on a diet. You see the amino acids in protein may help keep your blood sugar levels stabile. This is important because it keeps you feeling good all day and stops your craving for food that occurs when your blood sugar level drops. If your diet is too high in carbohydrates your blood sugar levels go though peaks and valleys. You go from a burst of energy and feeling full to a lull and being hungry. In addition, if you are dieting, getting 17 grams of protein from a protein shake that has only 90 calories is better than getting your protein from a big meal which may have hundreds of calories.

How Do You Compare Protein Products?

Very carefully! It is very hard to get the facts from a quick look at the labels. If you want to compare two competing products here are some tips to make sure you are comparing apples to apples:

▫️ Make sure both products are Ion-Exchanged Whey Protein. This is one thing everyone agrees on – Whey Protein is much better than egg protein.
▫️Whey Protein can be made of concentrate, isolate or a combination of the two.
Isolate is more expensive than concentrate – but has a higher Biological Value. On paper a pure Whey Protein Isolate mix is going to be the highest quality. However, in practice we feel a blend of concentrate and isolate provides the best bang for the buck. It is not clear that the benefits of only taking Isolate are significant enough to merit the steep increase in price over a good blend.

Are there any dangers of taking too much protein?

Yes. As with basically anything – too much of a good thing can be bad. If you take too much protein, say you weigh 150 pounds and take 300 grams of protein a day – your body will not be able to process all the protein into amino acids. What your body can not use will have to be excreted as a waste product. This means your kidney and liver will be doing a lot of work just to get the excess protein out of your body. While this will not cause any major problems over a short period of time – you would not want to be overworking your kidney and liver over the course of several years.

How much powder do I use?

This varies greatly between protein compositions and it depends on how much protein you are getting from your overall diet. Work out your daily requirement of protein and how much you are getting from proper food and then work out how much you should be using.All protein packaging will have dosage and directions to guide you.

What do I mix the powder with?

Buy a shaker they take care of all the messy mixing for you. Put the required amount of powder in the shaker and add your choice of liquid. Most people mix it with milk or water, however some mix it with fruit juice.

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