Whey protein is the bi-product you get from the cheese making process. Once you remove water and casein content from this bi-product, you are left with whey protein concentrate. Whey protein is lauded by athletes and bodybuilders for the vast array of training and physique benefits it can provide. Whey protein has been a staple in the athletic diet for many years mostly due to its assumed relationship with muscle growth. Whey protein products, such as our Whey Protein 80, are therefore probably the most popular sports supplement on the market today.
How Does Whey Protein Assist Muscle Growth
Protein is essential for muscular contraction, growth and repair. Muscle growth relies on adequate protein being available. As whey protein is the most efficient source of protein that the body can use, it is therefore excellent for supporting muscle growth. Whey protein concentrate, is rich in both BCAA‘s and Glutamine. This makes whey protein ideal to help build muscle size and definition. Taking whey protein is also a great way to increase your daily protein intake. The general consensus in sports nutrition is that strength athletes gain benefits when consuming between 1.7-3 grams of protein per kg of bodyweight. Whey protein is considered a highly cost effective way of getting sufficient protein to support muscle growth.
When to Take a Whey Protein Shake for Muscle Growth
A pre-workout whey protein shake can be integral to creating a positive nitrogen balance in the body. This is necessary to stimulate protein synthesis and increase muscle mass. Protein is the building block of new muscle growth. Research has found that protein synthesis is increased when whey protein were taken ‘immediately before resistance exercise’. For this reason try including 25-35 grams of whey protein as the basis for your pre workout shake.
During a heavy weights session your muscles are forced into protein breakdown. Amino acid content is stripped away to be oxidised into energy and/or used to make new protein. Consuming whey protein is useful in re-establishing a positive protein balance. This means that protein intake and synthesis is higher than protein breakdown. This positive balance is thought to underpin muscle growth. A post-workout whey protein shake is one of the best ways to get protein into the body so that it can be delivered to your muscles to restore the conditions of positive protein balance.