There are so many misconceptions surrounding protein powder in the health and fitness industry, particularly when it comes to women and protein powder.
When I first got into my fitness, my preconceptions of protein powder and how it was going to ‘bulk me up’ meant I missed out on vital nutrition after long and hard training sessions. Little did I know incorporating protein powder into your diet encourages your body to promote weight loss, stay lean, and recover quicker.
Eventually, after not refuelling my body with the efficient nutrients I crashed. I crashed burnt. I overworked my body and made myself ill! Gym friends had been encouraging me for ages to invest in a good protein but my fear of gaining weight played importance over their advice. I learnt my lesson in the end!
It’s not easy to decide which brand to invest in when you’re on the search for supplements because the health and fitness industry is saturated. By saturated I mean there are thousands of supplement brands out there all offering the same thing.
I went for the cheapest brand and the one that advertised their women’s ranges as ‘Diet’. Marketers can stick the word ‘diet’ on any product and it would sell faster than a product without. It blows my mind how fast people fall for the ‘diet’ word and I’m one of those people.
Not realising or doing my research on supplements, when I spoke to a professional nutritionist my eyes were well and truly opened about protein powder and how there’s no such thing as ‘diet’ whey protein. Protein is protein.
I also learnt that some companies, to keep their cost down actually fill the protein ingredient with bulking agents so the quality of these cheap protein powders is absolutely shocking. Moral of the story always check the ingredients! I’ve been trying Scitec Nutrition protein powder recently and I’ve been really enjoying it.
I decided to do some research into the extent of protein powders and how they can impact very positively on the female body! I came across this wonderful infographic from Scitec Nutrition on Infinite Life Fitness and thought I’d share it with you! Very insightful!
I also thought it would be worth mentioning for anybody wanting to incorporate protein powder into their diets when the best time to use it is as choosing the correct time to take your protein can affect the benefits it has on you and your body:
Immediately after a workout: When exercising, the most important time to take protein is straight after your workout. Your muscles will then soak up the nutrition for muscle recovery and growth.
Before a workout: It’s good to have a protein shake 30 minutes before you exercise to create an ‘anabolic window’, which lowers the damage to your muscles as you train. If you’re taking a shake with carbs (like banana), it will give you extra energy and also reduce exposure to muscle damage.
First thing in the morning: Taking a protein shake first thing in the morning is a good way to get essential nutrients after you’ve been asleep. There are also a number of great ways you can use protein powder besides shakes, including in the recipes for protein pancakes (which are my fave!), flapjacks or even cookies! You can be creative with protein!
Do you use protein?