Let’s be honest; 2020 has been a life-changing experience for many people and sadly, it has been life-ending for those that were unfortunate enough to get the virus and not recover.
The events of the pandemic has affected every aspect of life; be that professional or private. Businesses have had to pivot how they operate, employees have had to change the way they work and consumers have had to change the mode of how they purchase.
Working from home has meant that people have unconsciously got into poor habits around eating and exercise. Anecdotal evidence suggests that many people have put on weight in the form of fat as their ability to be active and exercise was curtailed.
Now that we are coming out of the pandemic, people want to return to some sense of normality, and many focus on aspects of their physical and mental health. The need to follow a structured diet with the right nutrition has never been so important
Protein Powder is good for weight loss but only as part of a structured and controlled diet and fitness plan.
The trick to protein powders and protein supplements is to see them just as that – supplements. Many people fall into the trap of thinking that supplements are food replacements. Going down that path only serves to limit progress.
So think about your overall plan of action, create a diet that meets your goals and then map out your daily nutrition plan.
Your body needs protein to recover from the gruelling workouts. Your diet and the food you eat should make up for most of the protein and nutrient requirements. But sometimes that isn’t enough or you may want change/variation within the diet.
This is where protein powders can come in handy. Being able to fuel the body with the right nutrition means that you will reach your goals faster.
You see, weight loss only happens when the amount of calories you consume is lower than the calories you burn. Once the deficit is created, the body resorts to burning its fat stores.
Selecting the suitable protein powder as a supplement and controlling the daily caloric intake and expenditure creates an optimal environment for the body to become a fat-burning machine.
With so many protein supplements available, it can get overwhelming when deciding which protein powders to go for.
Protein powders fall into two categories; dairy-based or plant-based. Your dietary choices and requirements will influence which you select, but it is worth taking note of the following;
Whey proteins are a dairy product and as long as you are able to consume dairy; they are a good source of protein.
The different forms of whey proteins make them ideal for daily supplementation but can also be used for pre and post-workout phases that can aid in faster recovery.
Milk protein is a good example of casein-based supplement. Casein powders are ideal for instances where you need a slow constant release of protein in the body.
Milk protein powder is often recommended to take before bed as it fuels the body with a slow constant release of amino acids during the night.
It is also worth noting that casein is not as easily digested as whey and plant-based proteins and so seldom used as pre and post-workout nutrition.
Plant based powders are an excellent source of protein for those that are of vegetarian persuasion.
The likes of chia, soy, pea, pumpkin, hemp, broccoli and other legume based proteins are becoming very popular sources of protein. They have been manufactured and, where required, optimised with BCAA’s to provide your body with the nutrients it needs.
Your protein requirements should be met with your daily food, and any surplus requirements should be met with easy to take protein shakes.
It is recommended that easily digested protein shakes be consumed before, during, and after workouts to prime and prepare the body for exercise and recovery. With that in mind, it is recommended that you take your shakes 1 hour on either side of the workout activity.