While you can get your protein from food sources - and it's recommended that you do - protein powder is a great addition to ensure you get enough on a daily basis. Not to mention protein supplements are convenient and fast absorbing for before and after your workouts, so you can really take your results to the next level.
Protein shakes also act as the perfect solution for when you get busy and need to get your protein in right away.
Whey protein powder is a top quality and fast acting protein that's perfect immediately after your workout for optimal absorption.*
Casein protein powder is a slowly digesting protein which can help provide a steady stream of amino acids to the muscles for longer durations.* Casein is perfect to take right before bed, for all night recovery.*
Egg and Soy protein powders are a fantastic option for anyone who's a vegetarian or who is lactose intolerant – if either of those are a concern for you it's definitely something you'll want to consider.
First, you should always check the calories per serving. Both weight loss and muscle gains boil down to your calorie intake, so you'll want to be sure the protein you choose aligns with your goals. Generally protein powders are divided into lean, meal replacement and weight gainers.
Next, make sure the grams of protein per serving are adequate for your goal. A good general rule of thumb is to consume 1 gram of protein for every pound of body weight. Be sure to consume your daily allotment in small amounts throughout the day to prevent over consumption and to maximize your results.
Finally, consider taste. Since you should definitely enjoy the healthy foods you eat, make sure to choose a flavor that you think will appeal to your taste buds. Read our customer reviews if you're still unsure.
By taking all of these into consideration, you should have no problem picking out the perfect product.
Then throughout the rest of the day continue consuming your food and protein supplements at regular intervals. Lastly, take a slow digesting protein (casein) right before you go to bed.
If you follow this simple guideline, your muscles will have everything they need to recovery from your workouts and you'll get the results you're looking for!