You may have heard gym goers and fitness fanatics talk about protein shakes. This isn’t just a drink for posers at the gym. Drinking these shakes can actually help you reach your goals in many ways, depending on the brand you buy. Many brands of protein shake help you to build lean muscle, burn fat more effectively, and help your muscles to recover, to name just a few benefits. Want to know more about protein shakes? Read on for the lowdown:
What Are Protein Shakes?
A protein shake is very different to those diet shakes aimed at women that you see ready mixed in the supermarkets. Diet shakes are usually full of nasty chemicals and ingredients, which are no good for our bodies and rarely help us to lose weight. They only work in some cases because they come with instructions that say you shouldn’t consume anything else! Protein shakes contain much better ingredients, designed for helping our bodies to cope better with exercise and get better results. You can buy them in tubs of powder, designed for you to mix yourself. Protein shakes should be consumed in conjunction with a healthy, balanced diet and a good exercise regime. You can even mix more health boosting ingredients with your shake if you like, such as coconut milk, extra fruit, leafy greens, and nut butters. If you simply want the benefits of the shake and nothing else, you can shake it up with water.
Why Do We Need Protein?
Perhaps if you understand why we need protein, you’ll understand the need for protein shakes. Protein helps to repair and build lean muscle, which helps us to recover better after workouts and get that defined, ‘toned’ look that most people are after. When trying to burn fat and build muscle, which is what most people need to do to get the body type they desire, protein shakes can make sure that you get enough protein in your diet.
When Should I Drink a Protein Shake?
Protein shakes contain ingredients that mean it gets to your muscles much faster than a protein rich meal. When we wake up in the morning, our protein stores are fairly depleted and should be replenished with at least half a shake, within half an hour. I also recommend having at least half a shake as soon as you finish a workout to get the protein to your muscles and stop your body from going into a catabolic state (when your muscle gains can be lost). Depending on what your goals are, you may also have one as a snack and one before bed.
How Many Protein Shakes Should I Drink Per Day?
As mentioned before, this depends on your goals. Men who are trying to get very big will require more protein shakes than a woman who simply wants to support her workouts adequately. You may need to experiment and see what works for you. However, protein shakes should never be used alone as a way to lose weight quickly.
I hope I’ve answered all of your questions about protein shakes. Leave a comment to let me know how you use these shakes!