If you’re already a member of a gym, it must feel like every other person you walk past or train next to will be into their protein shakes. But with so many brands on the market it can sometimes feel a little confusing to any ‘protein shake newbie’ about where best to start. Not only that, but you’ll want to know the reasons why you’re drinking them too, right?!
What Is Protein?
Proteins are essential nutrients for the body. They are one of the building blocks of body tissue, and can also serve as a fuel source. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and there are 20 of them in total.
Why you should consider Protein Shakes
Each time we train, our muscles endure small micro-tears. Your muscles get ‘damaged’ through working out. Protein is used by the body when your muscles grow or repair and this is integral to muscle maintenance.
Through the consumption of protein, thanks to high-protein foods or protein shakes, you can help recover more efficiently. The ease of having a quick shake after training has added convenience to gym members training plans.
However, it’s not just about muscles. If you’re looking to lose weight, protein shakes are great for this too. They tend to be low in fats, carbohydrates, lactose and cholesterol and will help you feel fuller for longer, reducing those naughty cravings for sugary food!
So what type of protein is best?
Whey protein has become a firm favourite with the majority of the gym community. Whey protein is a food product that naturally occurs in milk. It is popular for a number of reasons:
Biological Value – This is the most commonly used criteria to measure the quality of a protein. In a nutshell, the BV measures how much useable protein there actually is in a protein source. Whey protein has a higher BV than eggs, milk, chicken and beef.
Amino Acid – Whey protein is great for its amino acid profile. In particular the BCAA group of amino acids (branched chain amino acids) are held in high regard as they help manufacture, maintain and repair muscle tissue.
Digestion – Although the majority of protein sources take time to digest. Whey protein is absorbed much quicker by your muscles, normally getting to work in around 30mins. If you’ve had a tough training session Whey protein is great for muscle recovery.
When should I drink protein shakes?
If you’re looking to ensure that protein shakes help with your fitness plan, the optimum time for consumption will be immediately after a work out. As you now know, this will help with muscle recovery and maintenance.
For anyone looking to use protein shakes for weight loss and general health, why not consider replacing breakfast or lunch with a shake. But if that seems too extreme, we’d certainly recommend a shake in between meals to stop those cravings and sugary snacks.
If you fancy a protein shake after your next workout, why not pop to reception where we serve Chocolate, Strawberry, Banana, Vanilla and Mint Chocolate Whey Protein shakes!
Whether you’re a Morgan’s member, or currently do not belong to a Truro gym but want advice and help on protein shakes and nutrition, why not get in touch with us and see how we can help.