Today you will often see in any gym around the world people mixing and drinking protein shakes. Consumed by athletes, bodybuilders and many gym goers. The question is, do you need to seek out extra protein from protein powders to get that healthy lean look? Or is it all a marketing scam to get us to spend extra money on something we may not need?
Pros of protein shakes: Protein is likely to satiate you for a long period of time and may make you consume less. It may – (in combination with regular resistance exercise) result in leaner muscle mass. Convenience, a protein shake takes less time to prepare and can be consumed on the go. Easy to add to and mix in with a smoothie.
Cons: Most protein powders are highly processed, potentially causing health issues to the liver and digestive system if consumed too regularly. Protein shakes do not give your body everything it needs. Most people will likely already exceed their protein requirements and will easily meet their increased protein requirements with exercise using whole foods such as red meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, beans, tofu and nuts Tips when investing in Protein powders: Always check the ingredients. Stay away from: sunflower oil, corn syrup, sucralose, and anything you cannot pronounce! For example, whey protein should just contain whey, and nothing else. Do not attempt to replace real food with any processed product, regardless of how good it is! Have a reason and be clear why you are using any supplement. If you are thinking you are doing it because everyone else is doing it…then this isn’t a good enough reason. You are unlikely to tone and develop your muscles if you don’t put in the hard work of regularly exercising and strength training in a smart way. Whey Protein Alternatives: If you're looking to build muscle on a plant-based diet, a vegan protein supplement could come in useful. Hemp, Pea, and Rice proteins are good alternatives for vegans, lactose intolerant and gluten free.
Conclusion: Protein is essential to the body, and most people are, or should be aware that it is best one gets this from whole foods. If health is your goal, then I am suggesting you to not solely rely on them as a replacement for whole foods. I personally don’t think we need protein shakes to achieve a healthy-looking body and to feel our best, but they could benefit some in today’s busy fast paced world. Whichever your choice, like anything, everything in moderation!