There is a ton of chatter right now about protein. I’m sure you know that you need to eat protein. You might even be using some sort of protein supplement in your diet. I’m going to help you cut through the noise and guide you through choosing a protein powder.
What Do You Need to Know When Choosing a Protein Powder?
As with everything, not all proteins are created equally. I know protein powders can be sort of a scary subject for a lot of people because there are just so many options out there and most of us don’t really know what to look for. Also, most dietary supplements are not regulated by the FDA so it can be tricky to be fully aware of what you’re actually getting.
The 3 main types of protein found on the market and those are whey, casein and plant based. For those that are not on a plant based/vegan diet, whey protein will be your best choice.
There are so many whey protein powders on the market, can’t I just pick the cheapest one?
As with everything, cheaper does not necessarily equal better. In terms of food, typically the opposite is true. Think about how much organic produce costs vs. non organic. Cheaper products are usually manufactured with cheaper ingredients using cheaper processing techniques. When shopping for a protein powder try to find one that is low temperature processed.
What the heck is low temperature processing? Whey protein is a by product of milk. Protein powders are generally cooked at high heats (typically in excess of 700 degrees) for a short amount of time to convert it from it’s gel like state to a powder. Doing his degrades the protein and makes it less useful to your body. Low temperature processed protein powders are cooked at low temperatures for a much longer period of time.
Think of when you bake a rum cake for 45 minutes at 425 degrees and the alcoholic properties are burned off. Another analogy is to compare a piece of chicken cooked over a high heat barbecue for 8 minutes versus cooking a piece of chicken in the crock pot. The barbecued chicken is likely to be blackened, dry and not taste very good while the piece in the crock pot will be tender, juicy and full of flavor.
What are you using it for?
Not all protein powders are designed with the same function in mind. Some are designed as meal replacement shakes to help keep you full and curb cravings while others serve as post workout recovery shakes.
A post workout shake should be a rapid digesting whey protein isolate paired with a rapid digesting simple carbohydrate source for optimal muscle recovery. I use Phormula 1 + Ignition by 1st Phorm after every strength session. The carbohydrate (ignition) works as a shuttle to get the protein into the muscle as quickly as possible to help you recover faster and more efficiently. This also helps keep your body in a fat burning mode longer.
A meal replacement shake should be a slow digesting formula to serve as a snack or meal. You can mix with water and drink it alone or blend with fruit, ice and oats to make it a more filling meal. I use Level 1 by 1st Phorm when I’m running around on the weekends or shuffling the kids between school and activities to help keep me full and cut cravings.
Why are you using it?
Have you bought into the idea that you can “lose 20 lbs this month by drinking 2 shakes per day”?Chances are you’ll probably burn yourself out pretty quick. For some, it might be possible to lose 20 lbs in a month. However, those types of results are not typical for the average person. Regardless, there is no pill, powder or potion that will do the work for you!
Also, if you picked up the cheapest thing you found at Walmart or Costco, chances are you didn’t get to taste test it and are now stuck with a giant container of protein that you hate that you choke down whenever you remember. I love 1st Phorm products because they all mix smoothly, have killer flavors and don’t cause any digestive issues. Plus they have a 110% money back guarantee. You can rest assured that if you don’t love your protein they’ll take it back and give you all of your money back. Let’s face it, if you don’t love what you’re drinking, you’ll resent doing it and eventually quit.
Last but not least, protein powder (s) shouldn’t be a staple of your diet. You should always eat whole, natural foods every single day. Supplements are designed to be a link to bridge the gaps in your diet. For those of us who have trouble fulfilling our protein macros, can’t find time to get all their meals in or are just busy as ___, they can be incredibly beneficial to reaching your fitness goals.
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