How To Choose A Protein Powder

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Whey Protein

Regardless of who you are or what your training background and history may be, everyone can agree that having a protein shake after a workout is essential. Countless studies conducted suggest that whey protein is the best at both:

  1. Stimulating muscle protein synthesis
  2. Improving weight loss 

Now…What exactly is whey protein?

Whey protein is one of two proteins found in milk. Casein is also found in milk so anytime you eat a dairy product, you’re getting a little of both. Casein is another protein source that is slow-digesting, taking anywhere from 5-7 hours to fully break down. Utilizing casein can help provide a steady slow stream of protein throughout the night, which can keep your muscle tissue satiated. Cottage cheese is a great source for this, which is why I recommend it as a late night snack!

Unless you’re vegan/vegetarian or absolutely refuse to have dairy, I will never recommend soy protein. Soy contains something we call phytoestrogens (or plant-produced estrogens) and if you know anything about sex hormones – estrogen causes the development of feminine characteristics (man boobs…no thanks). Too much soy can wreak havoc on your hormones and can disrupt important muscle building and weight loss metabolic processes…Processes essential in shedding the excess weight on the body and toning the physique. 

Protein makes you big and strong, see?
Whey protein makes you big and strong, see?

The processes used to create whey protein [concentrate] end up making it around 70-80 percent protein, with the remainder being carbs and fat. This is usually a cheaper choice, but I would highly recommend buying an isolate.

Whey protein isolate is created with a process that cuts out excessive fats and carbohydrates so you’re getting a better, more pure protein. Isolates are usually more expensive, but keep in mind that’s with protein powder what you pay for is what you get. A good choice for a whey protein isolate and my absolute favorite is Alpha Meal – a grass-fed whey protein isolate blend.

For the best results, use your whey protein drink immediately after your workout. If it’s a rest day, treat it like a snack to ensure you are still meeting your daily protein needs.

Keep training hard, and don’t forget to check out my other supplement articles to help get you that much closer to your goal physique.

Until Next Time, Train Hard

-Henry

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Henry
My name is Henry, and I am a personal trainer who has been extensively studying health, fitness, fat loss, muscle building, and the steps that it takes to get six pack abs. My goal here is to provide you with the most up-to-date, scientifically correct tips and tricks to get the physique you want. I'm been in the Fitness Industry for 17 years now. I've been able to see the fitness world evolve into the massive industry it is today - especially in the past 7 years with new technology upgrades and the world being able to share and connect effortlessly through Social Media. Unfortunately, I grew up when the industry was more "analog" as a very skinny-fat kid and through my teen years. It was so hard/fustrating for me to gain any muscle. I played football and basketball in High school along with being a 1st Degree Black Belt in Tae-Kwon-Do. I can say Martial Arts (Bruce Lee) actually sparked my interest in wanting a nice looking body and gaining muscle along with watching Arnold S. when he appeared as Conan "The Barbarian" and Conan "The Adventurer" in his hit movies. One of the biggest parts of success in any type of goal, is through hard work, discipline and consistency. I'm glad Martial Arts provided me that vessel because I can truly say without those characteristics, I would not have been able to be successful in Fitness and build the body I have today. It's such a rewarding feeling and I want each and everyone of you to have that feeling.

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