This post was inspired by my former fear of protein supplements. I specifically remember asking Aaron one day if I had to start drinking one of those ‘gross drinks’ he was always toting around. However, once I got my first tub of FitMiss Delight in Vanilla Chai, I was pretty much hooked. It turned into a sweet post-workout reward that I actually found myself looking forward to.
The questions below are very similar to the ones I asked Aaron when I started quizzing him about protein supplements, and I hope they help you too!
What are common misconceptions?
Most people feel that protein supplements are only for big guys who are trying to get so big that they can’t reach down and tie their own shoes. This is terribly false. Everyone should have some sort of protein every day and in generous quantities. One of the things I hear from women is that they do not want to get bulky. This will not happen as the result of drinking one extra shake a day. Women are set up differently than men on a hormonal level. So unless you are taking some sort of testosterone enhancing supplement, you won’t build muscle the same way. The same goes for weight gain. Protein shakes are typically about 150 calories. That’s not enough to make a huge difference in your day.
Why should I take a protein supplements?
If you are active, you should have a protein supplement for daily maintenance on your body. Protein helps build and repair your muscles whether you’re trying to lose weight or gain muscle.
When do I take it?
Normally within 30 minutes after you are done working out. And if you’re on a rest day, take it sometime around the time you would be done working out to keep your body on schedule.
How often should I take it?
Once a day is just fine.
What if I plan on eating dinner after my work out? Should I skip the protein supplements?
No. Always have a shake when you are done working out if it is possible.
Don’t they get pricey? Is it worth it?
You can always find deals and sales. Cheap protein would be about 25 bucks for 30 servings. So for about $32 you can be ready for your whole month. And yes, it is worth it. You can either spend that money on helping your body or on things to tear it down.
There are so many choices… Which is best for me?
This depends on what your lifestyle is. Whey is the best and most common kind for most people. Anything that says 100% Whey or Whey mix is just fine. Now, whey is a dairy product so if you are lactose intolerant it’s not such a good choice. Here you can either go it a beef protein or veggie. I will say right now and this comes from experience. Beef protein works and makes you feel better but oh my, it does not taste very good. Use caution with this one. As far as veggie protein goes, I recommend staying away from Soy. I can write a whole article about why but let’s just say it’s not the greatest thing to put in your body. I would use some sort of pea or veggie blend without soy.
Which brands do you recommend?
Should I skip the protein supplements on days when I don’t work out?
Not if you don’t have to. It won’t do anything but help your recovery to drink a shake a day. However, if you want to stretch your protein supply for longer than a month, that’s understandable and you should do what make sense for you.
My boyfriend has protein supplements, can I just take his?
Of course. Offer to pitch in a couple bucks and get a big tub and I’m sure he won’t mind at all. But don’t be surprised if his doesn’t taste as good as the one you wanted.
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