Ladies and gentlemen, as promised, I have your nutritional guide on protein shakes. I could speak from personal experience for as long as I like but I would not be doing you any justice. As I have mentioned elsewhere, I have been where many of you might be right now. So the best way forward in regard to answering the general question; what are protein shakes, it is best to rely on professionalism and the facts.
Protein shake contents
The protein shake container contents come in powdered format. The content ingredient is mainly composed of whey or soy (for vegan alternatives). Whey is a byproduct of cheese. In the spirit of wishing to become truly organic, I have a concern about this next ingredient. To give the drink a milkshake texture, flavoring is added. This perturbs me. Nevertheless, the drink tastes quite fine when mixed with water or just plain fresh water.
The recommended serving dosage per drink is twenty grams of protein. Total recommended daily allowances of protein for women are around forty five grams and for men sixty five grams. So, you do begin to see the positive value of adding a protein supplement to dietary regime if you are taxing your muscles with weightlifting routines.
Protein shake misconceptions
Apart from the false advertising fallacies that tell the lie to desperate consumers that protein shakes will help them to lose weight, there are quite a number of false fantasies and blatant misunderstandings well worth highlighting here. But just a few, before we run out of time. There is, however, one true fact about the supplement to help stave off the confusion of readers still hungry to have their question – are protein shakes good for you – answered. Surreptitiously or fortuitously, the protein solution does have the ability to ward off the hunger stimulating hormone, ghrelin.
But bear this in mind; while a protein shake can suppress hunger pangs for a while, it is still not a weight loss supplement. It is specifically designed to make up for deficiencies of protein among particularly active men and women, who, like their weightlifting and bodybuilding peers, need to place a lot of emphasis on muscle bulking and strength building exercises. Another fallacy well worth dumping in the trash can is this.
Protein shakes are often regarded as quick fix solutions to the age old excuse of not having the time to prepare a meal rich in protein anyhow. You do realize that it probably takes the same amount of time for you to fix yourself a tuna salad or sandwich that it does to mix a protein shake. Mad cap online advertising campaigns are notorious for showing well-muscled guys, not me, by the way, flexing their pecs while telling their gullible viewers that this – drinking protein shakes – is how they got to build those big muscles.
This is not something the governor, or just plain old Arnie would approve of. Unless you’d like him to terminate you, you should listen to what he and true adherents of muscle building through weightlifting have to say on how it is really done. And another thing; protein shakes are not steroids either, nor do they contain steroids. Devious minds who had that thought need to be reminded that steroid use remains essentially illegal in any case.
Protein shakes recommended
The key recommended ingredient in an authentic protein shake is whey. It is worthwhile noting that this ingredient holds all nine essential amino acids. These amino acids remain necessary for helping damaged or weight-weary muscles to repair. Three types of protein shakes with whey in it can be considered, namely hydrolysate, isolate and concentrate. Isolate is good in the sense that it contains no allergins.
This is good for those who are uncommonly lactose intolerant, meaning that they won’t be able to take a slice of cheese, from which whey is formed, or a glass and a half of milk, a nice complement to the protein mix. It’s also ideal for those who wish to remain strictly vegan (not vegetarian). Hydrolysate is not a quick fix solution but it does allow for absorption through the body at a faster than average pace. This solution works well for sports competitors who require faster recovery rates close to competing in an event.
Concentrate, however, is not ideal. It’s far too synthetic to my mind, containing unwanted fats and bad cholesterol.
But something is still missing from this so-called energy pack. A healthy, balanced diet or eating plan. Surely, you will agree, that it’s really worth the effort to craft out a meal plan while putting together your first exercise plan. Remember our earlier chat on setting realistic goals prior to the first (ever) weeks of regular exercise? Why don’t you craft essential foods into this planning stage? From personal experience, I can tell you that this is quite a lot of fun.
Actually, it’s more rewarding than anything else and it never feels like hard work. During your reading exercise, what happens? Yes, that’s right; you discover new facts and interesting things. I was completely engrossed reading up on all the ingredients that healthy protein sources and fruits and vegetables contain and what they essentially do for the body. Spend a little time on this exercise and you learn which foods compliment which exercise focus areas as well.