There’s nothing better than fuelling your post workout with a protein packed shake! You may often see many bodybuilders immediately cracking open their shake after they’ve finished their workout. Well, there’s a scientific reason for this.
A protein shake is easily and readily absorbed by your starving muscles straight after a workout and this prevents them taking fuel from other places therefore maximising muscle growth. There are many options available when it comes to protein shakes and drinks so here’s a starter guide to what’s available.
Knowing your needs
Before you begin it is a great idea to start with knowing how much protein you need in your diet and goals to gain/maintain muscle mass or to ensure your reaching your daily recommended allowance. Use this free calculator here to determine your requirements.
High calorie mass gainers
Males that want to ‘bulk up’ especially strong men and athletes that want to lift seriously heavy commonly use these types of protein. They are extremely high in calories, often around 1000 calories per serving and a low in saturated fat and contain slow release carbs.
Whey isolate is a popular choice amongst those who are looking to get lean muscle and really cut up for some good definition. Whey isolate is a premium protein powder and is the purest form of protein available. The Protein Works Whey Isolate is one of the best on the market.
Just because you are a vegetarian or vegan doesn’t mean you have to miss out. There are protein powders available, which are soy based. Soy is a complete protein containing all the essential amino acids and is highly digestible and easy to absorb.
If you are also trying to loose weight as well as training to build muscle =then diet whey is a superb choice as its low in carbohydrate and fats for optimum fat loss.
“USN Diet Whey Lean. It’s creamy and tastes good and has lots of great, beneficial extras in it like green tea, which boosts the metabolism, and the price is pretty reasonable too.” – Amy Humble, Personal Trainer & NABBA toned figure athlete
This is a slow release protein, which is derived straight from milk. It is a very slowly absorbed protein, which allows for tapered release of essential amino acids to the muscles over a prolonged period of time. Casein is the perfect choice to drink before bed.
If you know your goals then this makes choosing your protein much easier. There is even a whole range of proteins available in the forms of protein bars, protein smoothies, cookies and everything in between, the key is to do your research and shop about to see which one is best for you.