Protein Powders are growing in popularity, yet a lot of people still have misconceptions about them. One of them being that drinking protein powder shakes will make you bulky. When you weight train you break muscle fibers that when repaired properly, will rebuild stronger muscle (muscle hypertrophy). Protein shakes help you replenish and repair the muscle fibers you have broken, helping you build muscle. Adequate dietary protein intake is crucial for building, repairing, and maintaining lean muscle mass. There are many types of protein powders, whey being the most popular.
-The most convenient and readily available source of protein
– Easy on the stomach before and after workouts
-Helps to obtain necessary dietary protein with minimal added carbs and fat
-easier to metabolize than solid plant or animal protein
-enhances recovery when consumed after training
-replenishes glycogen levels
-prevents catabolism of the muscles
-provides essential amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine) that the body needs but does not produce by itself to build, repair and maintain muscle mass
When to drink shakes: the best time to consume protein is after training
Remember to rely on mostly whole foods to get all of your vitamins and nutrients. The shakes are only to help, but should not substitute full meals.