Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Are Protein Shakes Necessary?

Are Protein Shakes Necessary

The short answer: Yes.

A protein shake will give you a high amount of protein with only a small amount of calories. It is necessary to have a good amount of protein intake in order to get the maximum results.
An individual should consume about 0.8 grams of protein for every pound they weigh. However, keep in mind this is assuming that you are working out, and the ideal time to consume a protein shake would be post workout.

A lot of people leave the gym hungry, and with good reason.  Unfortunately, they tend to make the mistake of eating inadequately after working out.  They opt for something easy to eat and usually end up at one of the easily accessible fast food restaurants.  There has been a fast food restaurant within walking distance distance of any gym I have been to! It’s easy. It’s cheap.  I get it.  We have to make the right choices in what we eat, and a post workout shake is ideal.

If you were to consume six chicken nuggets, it would have approximately 250 Calories and 14G of protein. A protein shake (depending on the type) will have about 260 Calories and 48G or protein. A person would have to consume 18 chicken nuggets to attain a similar amount of protein, but now they are also consuming 750 calories!

Shoot for a shake that has whey protein.  That is a fast acting protein that your body will use in a short time frame.  It is this short time frame that your body needs the most nutrients.  When you workout, your body will increase its metabolic burn rate and burn more calories and nutrients than normal.  When you finish working out, your body will NOT return to it’s normal metabolic burn rate immediately.  It will enter what is called excess post oxygen consumption (EPOC).  It is during this time it is vitally important that you give your body the proper nutrients it needs to recover.  Thus a protein shake will fulfill that need by giving your body protein as well as other vitamins and minerals.

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