Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Why Use Whey Protein?


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I LOVE MY PROTEIN!!

This is a question I get asked a lot and many are surprised at the answers, especially women. There's a lot of confusion and stigma surrounding protein supplements so hopefully I'll be able to debunk some of these myths for you.

First of all, What IS Whey Protein?

It's a great source of essential amino acids every body needs every day and made from cows milk. Whey protein isolate is whey in it's purest form and contains no lactose, cholesterol and little to no fat at all.

What is it for?

Most people associate high protein intake as essential for athletes to gain muscle mass. But it does so much more! For weight management it takes more calories to burn a high protein meal (the thermic effect) and also helps to stabilise glucose levels, reducing hunger and making it easier for the body to burn fat.
It can also help with hypertension, the leading cause of heart attacks and strokes.
It has even been shown to inhibit the growth of tumours.
Have a colicky baby? Try a whey protein based formula! Also great in pregnancy.
It can help prevent bone loss (something I have to keep a very close eye on even at 25).
When the body is healing it requires more protein, so a high intake of protein can help wounds heal quicker.

Now I must point out that it is by no means essential that you use whey if you workout, but for someone such as myself who needs a little extra nutritional help it can be extremely beneficial. Personally, I have 2 shakes a day. The times vary as one of them I have after the gym. After just a week of using it I noticed a difference even though I wasn't working out at the gym. The thing is, for someone with MS, just getting out of bed and getting through the day is a workout!

Recommendations?

I LOVE the Phd products. They are divine and have something for everyone. I currently use Phd's Synergy ISO-7 and I buy from www.Dolphinfitness.co.uk. I highly recommend that supplier, great prices and great service.  

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