Protein shakes, an over complicated subject that really doesn’t need to be. A protein shake is simply another source of protein, simple. It is typically made from whey, eggs and soy, which are processed into a powdered form and can then be added to water or milk for a quick protein fix.
When are they recommended?
Protein shakes are usually suggested and implemented into your diet from 1 or 2 reasons:
- If you are on the move a lot and don’t have time to sit down for 20 minutes to eat, or if you have a busy day and are in and out of meetings and again don’t have time to eat. Due to the fact that protein shakes are so easily consumable and can be finished with within 30 seconds, they are perfect for the hectic days and life styles.
- If you’re someone who genuinely finds it hard to reach your protein goals through whole foods. You won’t be the only person, many people find the amount of food overwhelming especially when it’s new to them. However, just because you may struggle to eat X amount of whole food, doesn’t mean a protein shake should be a staple meal in your daily plan, it should be seen as a quick snack.
Different Types of Protein shakes
This is where some people get a little confused and unsure about what protein shake they should actually be consuming. If you had no idea where to look and just typed in ‘protein shake’ into Google you would be over whelmed with how many different brands there are, and also the different names they have. There are 3 types that could be beneficial to you. Whey Protein, Whey Isolate and Casein.
- Whey Protein: Whey is typically the most common. It is going to be the cheapest price of the 3 and is fast digesting so it’s great to have post workout.
- Whey Isolate: Whey isolate isn’t much different from just whey, it is also a fast digesting supplement but due to having a longer process time it has less carbs & fats than whey. The only downside is that because of this it will be a little bit higher in cost.
- Casein: Casein is slightly different to the other 2 as it is a lot slower at digesting, and for this reason a lot of the time it is used as a snack before you go to bed. It again is also a little more expensive that whey.
Overall as a personal trainer I would definitely recommend you keep a supply of protein powder as it can be an extremely helpful tool, even if you don’t need to use it every single day.
Impact Personal Trainer