Whey protein powder is without a doubt the most important supplement for anyone who wants to maintain or gain muscle size, lose body fat or just be healthy overall! Most advanced bodybuilders, don’t even consider whey protein powders to be “supplements” at all, but rather just a convenient food source. For example, do you consider drinking a glass of milk taking supplements? Probably not…
Source of Whey Protein and Types
Milk protein is 20% whey. Whey is by far the most popular protein choice, perhaps because Whey protein contains large amounts of branched-chain amino acids as well as the full spectrum of amino acids (which is all the muscle building blocks you need to build muscle). Compared to the other proteins on the market, whey is one of the fastest digesting proteins with highest Biological Value ( a large proportion of the protein ingested is absorbed and utilized by the body).
Whey protein in protein powders comes in 3 forms. (Hydro Whey= fastest, Whey Protein Isolate= faster, Whey Protein Concentrate= fast).
Many of you may really be confused about all the different types of proteins. Can you tell me what is the difference between whey protein isolate and whey protein concentrate? Is one better than the other to build muscle fast?
Whey is a dairy protein that is a by-product of the cheese making process. In its original form whey contains significant amounts of fat and lactose. Lactose is milk sugar. Because of this fact much of these components are filtered and processed to remove most of the lactose and fat. If you look on the back of your whey protein supplement you will see the terms microfiltration or “ion exchange,” those are simply methods of separating the fat and lactose from the protein. The end result is a more concentrated protein either concentrate, isolate or hydrolysates.
Benefits of Whey Protein Powder
Whether you are someone who wants to lose weight or gain muscle size and definition, there are a countless number of benefits when it comes to supplementing your diet with whey protein. Another huge bonus is that it is easy to digest and has high bio-availability for your body to make use of. So let’s look at some of the benefits.
Most importantly, whey protein contains essential amino acids, branched chain amino acids (BCAA’s) as well as glutamine. All these help you to enhance your muscle definition and function, build endurance, and slow down muscular deterioration.
As a result, your muscles will be able to recover from exercise more quickly.
On top of the muscle building and recovery benefits, whey protein also works as an antioxidant to boost the body’s immune system. Scientific studies have shown that regular supplementation with whey protein promotes a strong immune system.
Furthermore, whey protein is incredibly helpful in building up muscle tissue. The amino acids also help your body to perform in peak condition. Not only that, but they encourage healthy functioning right down to the hormonal and cellular level as well. If you plan on exercising and increasing your muscle strength and size, whey protein powder is a must.
So where are you left now? Well, you are left with complete control over what you eat. Having a protein shake as a snack is the most powerful weapon in your arsenal against the fat which covers your muscle definition and kills your self confidence.
Did you get that? Your most powerful weapon! I cannot stress this enough!
Those who supplement with whey protein are able to gain more lean muscle then those who don’t take it. There isn’t really much else that can be said, but are there any side effects???
Possible Side Effects of Whey Protein Powder
Well no side effects have been shown although most doctors suggest that you shouldn’t be going overboard with protein shakes (i.e. a dozen protein shakes a day)! This is one thing I see some people get carried away with. Unless you are a serious bodybuilder you want to go for 2 -3 protein shakes a day at the most.
And remember this one rule, generally your body cannot absorb more than 30grams of whey protein in one sitting. Anything more and your liver is going to go into overdrive to try to process it all. The excess which it can’t absorb will just go right through you.
Frankly, we recommend whey protein for everyone, including my mom! we have found it to be the one single diet supplement that has helped me the most when it comes to fat loss and gain in muscle strength, definition and size. It’s a great snack any time you’re hungry, and great for keeping you full until you have time to make a meal.
Major Benefits Again
- Easy to digest
- Curbs cravings for junky foods
- Contains essential amino acids to help you repair and build muscle tissue
- Great replacement for unhealthy snacks and will in turn help you lose body fat
- Very safe with no side effects
So, if there is one thing to add to your diet, it’s definitely got to be whey protein, especially if you have a hard time controlling your food cravings.
Take a look at fruit smoothie recipes to get an idea of what you can mix your whey protein with to make it even yummier!