Lets start with this – Do you need to supplement with protein powder? No you don’t. In fact for the most part protein found in real food is better for you than any supplement on the market because it’s not processed. However, trying to get in enough protein in our busy lives can sometimes be unrealistic. We’re not always going to have the time or ability to just chow down on some lean chicken breast.
Protein powders can be a quick easy way to get in some extra protein to help achieve a nice lean body. Whey is by far the most popular protein supplement because it has been shown to promote muscle growth and fat loss. It is digested and absorbed faster than other proteins, making it the ideal choice to consume either immediately before or after a workout. That said, not all protein powders are created equal.
Since protein powder is already processed, you want to be sure to find the best protein powder available for your body. My #1 recommendation is always read the ingredients. The more ingredients there are generally means there’s more than protein going in to your body, much of it being fillers and fake sweeteners. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients that’s probably a bad sign.
When people look for protein powders they are very concerned about the price and getting more for their money. We started carrying a new protein at the box called SFH that’s probably a lot more money than you’re used to spending on protein. But it has 3-4 ingredients, all of which we can pronounce. It comes out to about $1.50 a serving. It might sound a bit pricey, but how much do you spend on protein bars? Coffee? Afternoon snacks? Beer? Your health is worth the cost.