Wednesday 25 November 2015

When to use protein powder

It seems like every bodybuilder in the world is using protein powder and shakes to great effect these days, and many will tell you that it’s the secret to their continued success. In fact, fitness retailers like Fitness Market are often finding that their protein powder is one of the most in-demand products in the industry. But is it right for you? There are number of occasions where working protein powder into your diet will be perfect for your needs. Here are just a few of the times it can be of benefit to you.

1. When Amping Your Workouts

When you’re looking to take your workout to the next level or chasing gains, protein powder is a great way to give yourself a boost. Protein is the very thing the human body uses when building muscle, and by adding it in controlled, specific quantities to your diet, you may find that it gives your fitness routine the edge you were looking for. This is especially useful if you feel yourself plateauing.

2. When Still Growing

Young people and teenagers in particular frequently require more protein than most because their bodies are churning through it as they grow. This is particularly prevalent in young men more so than young women, but both can absolutely benefit from the introduction of more protein into their diet. Growing bodies need the right nutrients and this is a great way to help ensure they get it.

3. When Starting A New Workout

If you’ve been away from the gym for a long time or you’re beginning a new series of exercises, you’re going to need to up your protein intake considerably in the initial stages. Again, protein powder will be your friend here. Maintaining steady intake will allow any new muscle groups you work to repair faster, get stronger and be ready for your next visit to the gym.

4. When In Recovery

Athletes who have been laid up with injuries frequently require large amounts of protein as a means of getting get back on their feet. Protein powder provides a ready source that is both easy to measure and control, helping to hasten the healing process as well as build atrophied and injured muscles back up to full strength. Obviously, you should check with your physician before moving forward with any protein intake in the event of injury, because you don’t want to do yourself more harm than good.

5. When Changing Diet

For those looking to either cut down on meat products or eschew them entirely in favour of a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, protein powder presents a tastier alternative to simply taking pills every day. The powder can easily replace all other sources of protein in your diet from chicken and fish through to eggs and some dairy too. Again, check with a nutritionist before making any significant decisions about your protein intake.
These are just a few of the ways that protein powder can be of benefit to you when added to your diet.

What’s your protein powder regimen look like? What brand do you use?

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