With the many different varieties of protein powders available today choosing the right one for you can be confusing. Here we discuss the most commonly used protein powder whey protein and how to choose one that suits your needs and help you reach your goals
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Do I really need to supplement?
The first thing you need to do is decide whether you need to supplement with protein powder. Many people have unrealistic expectations of what protein powder can do for them based on advertisements and articles.
Protein powder is simply food. It is not a drug that makes your muscles grow faster or bigger. The reason that some people need to use protein powders are because they have difficulty in getting the amount of protein they need from their daily diet. I am one of them. My daily protein requirement is approximately 150g of protein per day. As a busy mom mixing up a quick protein shake before heading out of the house helps me achieve my goals diet and maintain my sanity.
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Calories vs. Protein content
Now that you’ve decided you really need protein powder take the time to think about your daily calorie intake. If you try to get mass and add muscle you probably will not be too concerned about how many calories you have in your protein powder. However if you are on a low calorie diet then becomes the amount of calories suddenly very important.
Compare calories in protein powder you consider the amount of protein in each serving. For example if a protein powder contains 100 calories and 22 grams of protein so it is better than a powder containing 80 calories and only 10 grams of protein. Sure you save some calories with 80 calories powder but it has less than half of the protein. That means you only get more rags instead of protein.
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Price and taste
Protein powders can be quite expensive but if you look at the actual food it seems suddenly much more affordable. You want to make sure you get plenty of protein for your money but you also do not want to make the mistake of buying an economy sized tub with a protein powder that you can not even gag down.
The most affordable way to buy whey protein is in large tubs from 3 to 10 pounds. To avoid getting stuck with a powder you can not stand buy a smaller container first or see if the company offers a sampler kit or even single serving envelopes of powder. At the very least search on the Internet for user reviews to see what other people are saying about the flavor of protein powder.