Whey protein is quite possibly the most popular sports supplement on the market today. Whey protein has been a staple in the athletic diet for many years as it is considered to be the most efficient and economical form of protein for the body to digest and use. Whey protein can be used for muscle contraction, growth and repair, and for controlling body composition. But which whey protein is right for you depends on your training and physique goals.
Whey protein can have several positive effects on body composition and fat loss. Increasing your whey protein intake will stimulate the metabolism far more than carbohydrates or fat. Whey protein can also heighten the metabolic rate for around 12 hours after consumption. Whey protein also increases the feeling of satiety and therefore helps reduce cravings and hunger. If you’re trying to lose weight, whey protein can be a powerful ally and help you achieve your fat loss goals. Choose a whey protein isolate, such as our Whey Protein Isolate 90. Whey protein isolate undergoes a process called Cross-Flow Micro-filtration. This separates the protein from fat, cholesterol and lactose meaning a purer protein as the end product. Whey protein isolate therefore has less fat, cholesterol, lactose, carbohydrates and calories than most other proteins on the market. It is therefore a common choice for those looking to maintain low levels of body fat.
Protein is essential for muscular 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. Consuming whey protein is useful in obtaining 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. Whey protein concentrate, such as our best-selling Whey Protein 80, is rich in both BCAA’s and Glutamine. This makes it the ideal protein to help build muscle size and definition.
Hydrolysed whey protein, such as our Hydrolysed Whey, is the ideal protein for athletes wanting to accelerate recovery immediately post training. Hydrolysed whey protein has a superior bio-availability compared to other forms of whey protein. This makes hydrolysed whey protein ideal post workout as it helps to shuttle nutrients to the muscles. This enhances the recovery process and improves muscular repair and recovery more so than other forms of whey protein. Hydrolysed whey protein is the most expensive whey protein. It’s therefore worth considering whether the additional benefits are worth the additional price tag. Often they can be if you’re primary goal is to accelerate your recovery from training. However, if you are simply trying to build lean muscle mass and help your muscles recover after a workout at a normal rate, whey protein concentrate or isolate will more than likely get the job done.