We are a month into 2013. Are you "resolution dieters" still going strong?
If you are still enthusiastic about your fat loss plan, I'm sure you have come across some information or magazine ads referring to protein powder. It would seem as though all the fitness models are using protein powder to help get lean and build their best body. So should you consider it as well?
Is there something special about protein powder that can enhance the results you see or are you just as good eating a chicken breast instead?
Let’s take a closer look into the protein powder issue so you can learn for yourself whether this is something that you’ll want to consider.
Are You A Vegetarian?
If you are, then chances are high that you may not be getting enough complete protein throughout the day.
In this case, adding a protein powder would be a very wise move. If you don’t get sufficient protein in your diet, you will be at risk for lean muscle mass loss and this can really put a dent in your overall rate of progress.
Are You Eating Enough Protein Daily?
Even if you aren’t a vegetarian, many people simply don't take in enough protein on a regular basis and this can really come to hinder their results.
If you aren’t eating enough, a protein powder can quickly help you meet your needs (most quality protein powders contain 20 grams or more per scoop).
Are You Performing Intense Exercise?
The final thing that you’ll want to take into account when deciding whether or not you need to use a protein powder is if you’re performing intense physical activity.
Those who are doing intense workouts on a regular basis (and if you are working with a personal trainer, this means you!) will want to strongly consider adding a protein powder to the mix because this will help them recover faster than if they didn’t use one.
Protein powder (specifically whey protein isolate) is formulated to be absorbed into the muscle tissues faster than say a chicken breast would. So it does hold a slight advantage here.
Since the primary goal immediately following an intense workout program is to get that protein into your body as quickly as possible, this will satisfy that goal easily.
Protein powders aren’t going to magically make you any leaner than real food would, but they can help make sure that you meet your nutritional requirements necessary for success.