Protein Powder for weight loss
No doubt, having a good protein powder can come in handy more often than you think. But choosing which protein powder out of many can be overwhelming.
And it seems like every brand claims to have the best quality, taste, or bang for your buck.
But you want me to be honest?
Like me, at some point, you’ve have fallen for the sexy marketing supplement companies put out there.
And handed your hard-earned money for “label claims” instead of a quality product.
So, I made this little guide to help you determine if you even need protein powder, to begin with, and how to weed out crappy protein powders from the quality ones.
What is protein
Protein is one of the three macros that make up your macronutrients.
Our cells and tissue are made up of protein, which means that protein plays a vital role because it’s responsible for the growth and repair of those cells in your body.
Protein is what helps grow and repair your muscles.
Is protein really good for you?
Not only is protein in charge of building muscle and helping us recover after a workout.
But not having enough protein can lead to losing lean body mass, losing muscle, feeling weaker, and feeling sore.
How much protein do you need a day
People like you and I are learning more and more that protein powder isn’t just for the gym bro’s, oh no!
While there will always be a lot of talk about the recommended amount of protein to take, I don’t want you to come here thinking you have to down three protein shakes a day to lose weight or build muscle, god no.
In general, women should intake about 47 grams of protein per day, and males should intake 57 grams per day.
But this changes if you live a more active lifestyle, and you do!
So, the recommended protein intake ranges from 1.6 to 2.2 grams per KG; that’s kilograms, not pounds.
Related article: The Complete Guide to Calculating Your Macros (for Beginners)
What do protein powders do for you
Protein powder can bring in a ton of benefits; here are a few:
- promote lean muscle growth
- amazing for your hair, skin, and nails
- bone health
- tastes delicious (depending on your protein of choice)
- helps keep you satiated, so you’re not always feeling hungry or wanting to snack
Related post: How to Stop Mindlessly Snacking (Why You Can’t Stop)
DO YOU NEED PROTEIN POWDER
You don’t need protein powder, but protein, yes.
So on the days you want to up your protein intake, protein powder comes in handy.
And it taste’s even better when you mix it in a smoothie, oatmeal, milkshakes, or more.
Types of protein powder
First and foremost, you can probably say you are familiar with the most common whey protein powder.
But, before I continue choosing the best protein powder, let’s talk about the different kinds of protein powders out there.
An animal-based protein made from milk and cheese
Also, an Animal-based protein is made from milk and cheese but slow digesting.
Protein powder made from dry egg whites
Protein powders made from plant sources some examples are:
- Brown Rice
What to look for in best protein powder:
If you’re an average gym-goer, who’s just trying to live a healthier lifestyle, you probably, like I, didn’t know what goes into choosing the best protein powder.
It comes down to quality, validity, and effectiveness.
Is the protein powder made with quality ingredients? Does that protein powder actually have what it says it does, and has it gone through a laboratory analysis process for approval?
If approved, is the approver qualified to make the approval? If the protein powder says it’s supplemented with said ingredients, do the ingredients hold the right or even enough dosage to make it effective?
Wait. What! That’s a lot to take in.
So, let’s look at how to weed out the junky protein powders.
How do You choose a protein powder
The reason it’s important to look at the quality, validity, and effectiveness of protein powders is that protein powder has become such a popular supplement that companies are competing with one another. And what’s one of the driving factors that get people to buy their product?
Marketing and Pricing!
Companies still need to make their dollars; we get it. So when all protein powders advertise the type of protein, they are like whey, plant-based, casein, etc. but the prices differ amongst them all, it leaves us scratching our heads looking lost.
Talk about standing there feeling awkward. But say no more, here’s a list of things you want to look at when choosing your protein powder:
- Price: the cost per pound or protein is not cheaper than average
- Leucine should not be 2.7 grams per 25 grams of protein and for plant-based proteins.
- Not a proprietary blend – A PROPRIETARY BLEND basically means the company is choosing not to reveal the “secret formula” to make their protein powder. But is it really a secret? Nope. Unfortunately, this is just a common thing some companies do, to not tell you how much of what is in their protein powder – which is not good because you want to know what you’re taking in. And if you’re taking in the said ingredient, is it even enough to be effective. which means the following:
- What to look for: make sure every single ingredient listed on the nutrition label should display the amount per serving.
Final Thoughts on the best protein powder
I stand by the following: you don’t need to be perfect at everything, and losing weight and being healthier doesn’t have to expensive.
Whether you’re just starting your fitness journey or are many years in (I’m many-years in), you’ll always be learning something new.
And now, thanks to this guide, you know what to look for and what not to look for in choosing the best protein powder.
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