How to decide which protein powder is best for you
A lot of people hear ‘protein powder’ and don’t really think anything of it, which isn’t giving much credit to the different brands, flavours and ingredients that cover any kind of workout routine. Not all supplements are created equal, so doing your research is an important step if you’re committing to a bulk order or diet plan.
Think about what you need from your protein powder
Protein supplements aren’t a catchall way of making your body healthier. You can’t just throw any protein powder into your routine and expect to see everything work, and some might actually make your exercise routine less effective.
If you’re mixing a BCAA-based protein into your daily diet, you’ll find it much harder to lose muscle, so be sure that you know the “end goal” of your workout and the ingredients you’ll need to get there.
Remember to keep an eye on your health needs, too. Allergies and intolerances are still important when you’re picking out the right powder, and vegetarians will probably want to keep an eye out for plant-based powders.
Work out how you’ll use your protein powder
The way you use your protein powder is up to you, but it can have a big impact on the type you end up choosing. Some types (like Whey protein) will work best as an after-workout recovery shake, but others will be more useful as a morning meal.
Protein shakes are the most common way to use powder, but it’s far from the only way. Mixing it into yoghurt or a cup of water can let you consume it much faster, whereas adding it to a baked or cooked meal can make it much easier to introduce into a regular diet.
Remember that you don’t necessarily have to stick to one type of protein powder: if you’re only finding it useful half the time, consider picking up a different type to cover areas the first one’s missing.
Don’t stress over the flavour
A protein shake isn’t like a cake, and the taste doesn’t matter as much as you might think it does. If you don’t like the taste of the flavour you’ve bought (or it doesn’t have a flavour at all), you can easily mix in some little bits of fruit or milk to change the texture, flavour and consistency.
In the worst-case scenarios, you’ll be able to buy flavour enhancers or fillers to pad out the taste a bit more. Mixing them can also work – a protein powder that tastes awful can be mixed with a nice-tasting one to give you a ‘best-of-both-worlds’-style shake.
Balance cost with quality
It’s cheaper to make your own protein shakes, especially if you’re adding the flavour yourself with some fruit, but not everybody will want to get the balance right themselves.
If you don’t mind paying a bit more for a consistent taste and nutrition level, pre-made shakes and drinks are a great way to keep things simple.
Certain ingredients might also change how much a single shake costs, but they can give you a bit more diet flexibility – soya protein, for example, will add far less fat to your daily meals.
Protein Powder Conclusions
There are a lot of different protein powders out there on the market, so don’t opt for the first one you see. Read this article, take into account your requirements and make decisions based on what you need rather than what is popular at the time.
Once you’ve found the brand and flavour you like and respond best to, you’ll be set!
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