The truth about protein powders: Should they be on your shopping list?

Protein powders offer other benefits other than muscle gain, such as improving metabolism and therefore aiding weight loss

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Do you know which protein supplements can help you achieve your gym goals? Photo: TerryGeorge/Flickr

The world of health and fitness is a multi-billion-pound industry, with manufacturers of everything from training shoes to energy bars promising us increased energy, weight loss and a toned physique.

With so many promises, it can be easy to become dubious about these claims, something the team at transformation fitness programme, Back2Fitness would encourage.

“When it comes to fitness we are constantly bombarded with information on what is good for us; having a healthy scepticism is essential in sorting the good advice from the bad” says Strength & Conditioning Coach and Founder of Back2Fitness, Sam Yassin.

One health product that has been under scrutiny recently are protein powders, with questions raised on their efficacy. These powders provide concentrated protein which is easily blended with a range of foods and drinks, making them a convenient and easy way to increase protein intake – something essential when it comes to building muscle.

Used by people at all stages of fitness, protein powders offer other benefits too such as improving metabolism and therefore aiding weight loss, as well as helping with post workout recovery.

“Whey protein is an excellent source of high-quality protein which can promote muscle growth and recovery,” said nutrition expert at Back2Fitness, Jack Baker.

“It can be difficult to up your protein intake with food alone which is why whey protein is so popular. Protein shakes are a safe and effective way to ensure your muscles get the essential nutrients they require, particularly after a strenuous workout.”

Of course, as with anything, when not used properly, protein powders can become redundant: “The main thing to remember when using protein powders,” continued Jack, “is that they shouldn’t really be used if you’re not doing weight training. It’s worth working out much protein you should be consuming for your weight and goal as too much will cause the body to store it as fat which can ultimately cause problems for kidney and liver functions.”

As Jack points out, there are plenty of easy ways to add extra protein into your diet, without compromising on taste.

“Protein powder is easy to cook with and adding a scoop or two can really help boost macronutrient intake. For example, add a scoop to healthy pancakes for a sweet hit, or to natural yoghurt, smoothies and shakes for an energy boost with staying power.”

Designed exclusively for men, Back2Fitness helps men of all ages regain their lost fitness, providing them with a comprehensive nutritional plan and detailed exercise programme that sees users reaching peak performance in just 12 weeks.

To find out more about the Back2Fitness range of programme packages, visit www.back2fitness.co

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This article was last updated on February 20, 2018.
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