It is becoming far too frequent whereby I speak to people at work, in the gym or even in my local supermarket and the topic of conversation is ''What Whey Protein do you use?' The question is irrelevant in most cases because the people I will speak to often just want to hear the 'magic formula' and let me tell you, whey protein is no secret! In this post I want to share with you the importance of whey protein but hopefully change your mindset into thinking this isn't a magic bullet. Is there a hidden secret or a formula you might have missed out on?? Read on to find out....
I am fully aware that many people who exercise and those that are new to exercise might be uneducated as there is SO MUCH information out there which can be accessed. I also appreciate that when I started out in the industry almost 10 years ago, I knew nothing and it has been my experiences and learning which has given me the physique I have today. Most days I will speak to new people who want to achieve a physique like the ones you see in a fitness magazine and questions I am asked are as follows. ''What whey protein will get me looking like that?'' or ''whey protein doesn't work for me'' and so on. The focus shouldn't be on whey protein as believe it or not, it isn't a magic supplement!!
Why Is Whey Popular?
Whey protein is popular and used by many athletes like myself because of it's fast absorption rate and convenience. The source it is derived from is usually milk and it is an acidic formula which helps the stomach break it down quickly so that it can be taken to where it is most needed, the muscles! A powdered source of protein which can be put into a shaker and used immediately after your liquid is more beneficial than eating a breast of chicken. Whey protein can be broken down in your body within 10-15 minutes of it being consumed, whereas chicken would take a lot longer.
Protein is Protein!
The biggest thing to get your head around is this simple fact, protein is protein! What I mean by this is that it doesn't really matter if you are getting protein from a supplement or from a food source, it will do the same job to some extent. The job of protein is to rebuild and aid in recovery to your muscles, it really is that simple! So a whey protein shake with just protein in it and no added ingredients isn't a magic formula because it is very similar to your body getting a chicken breast. Of course there are different sources out there which are complete proteins, are made up with the essential amino acids and other factors.
A final area where people fail to see why whey protein is not a magical formula is when I hear ''whey protein doesn't work for me.'' I usually follow with a question to this statement asking ''so do you not eat chicken, turkey, beef, fish or dairy products like eggs?'' What do you think the answer is to the question I impose? Well, most times the response is that they do and they are thinking to themselves ''why is he asking this? Does he not know that I need to eat protein''? For a few seconds I wait and the penny drops, protein is a source of nutritional value that my body needs in order for it to grow lean, defined muscles. Once you grasp the fact that protein is no different to other macro nutrient groups you will spend less time focusing on a supplement and more time seeing results.
Should I Use Whey?
Finally, I hope what you have read so far hasn't made you think that you don't need to take whey protein. I am trying to get you to focus on the bigger picture rather than just a supplement. Don't get me wrong, whey protein is important and has it's place within mine and hopefully your training schedule. I use whey protein as a way to reach my nutritional requirements for the day when cooking and eating so many different pieces of meat becomes too expensive and time consuming. Whey protein can be used at any time of the day but in my schedule it is after a workout and sometimes as a snack throughout the day. In my professional opinion I wouldn't meet my protein requirements without using a whey protein supplement and therefore I believe it is worth having one.
Which One To Use?
If you need help choosing your whey protein which is best suited to your needs then please do get in touch with myself or my colleague Tom. We are both experienced and here to help you pick the right one for your goals :)