Hi everybody. I’ve been very busy this week so I haven’t really had time to think about a post.
This morning, as I was putting back a protein shake, I was wondering: how many other gym rats out there consume protein shakes or supplements on a regular basis?
Among my friends, some do and some don’t. Some consume them prior to their workout, some during, and some after.
I started making protein shakes about a year ago on the urging of a friend who is a firm believer in the power of protein. They steered me towards New Zealand whey, which is apparently very clean and hormone-free, but it also happens to be one of the more expensive ones on the market.
This stuff is only available at Healthy Planet, and two pounds of it will last me roughly 10 weeks. I mix one scoop (approximately 40 grams of protein) with water every morning and consume it within 30 minutes of finishing my workout. The chocolate flavour is really good, and the concoction tastes like a watery chocolate milk. It also packs a little under 200 calories, so it’s a bit of a second breakfast.
After a year of drinking them, what has been the benefit? I’d be lying if I said I’ve noticed any kind of huge difference or improvement since I started drinking them. I keep buying it because the breakfast angle is worth it: I find I’m not as hungry when lunch time rolls around. However, I don’t seem to be building muscle any faster. My friend who got me onto protein shakes in the first place said I really should be drinking at least three of them every day to see any kind of noticeable gains. I may give that a try at some point, but I want to get my weight down to an ideal level before I start body building and adding on pounds again.
Something I will say: stay away from the protein bars that you see in convenience stores. I’ve checked out the nutritional labels, and many of those are filled with fat and sugar.
What do you all think? Anyone else out there use protein shakes or supplements regularly?