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What is Protein?
When you’re lifting weights, protein is most likely the biggest macro in your diet. You could say it’s almost as important as the weights your actually lifting. Protein is one of the main macronutrients that your body uses to build muscle mass, alongside fats and carbs.
Whilst it is known that you get your protein sources from meat and poultry, it may be lesser known that it can also be sourced in vegan ways. Plant-based protein powders are rising in popularity and feature protein sources all from plants such as pea protein which are perfect for vegans. Products such as Applied Nutrition’s Vegan Pro is a big player in the plant-based protein industry.
High Protein Diets
A lot of bodybuilders and powerlifters have a high-protein diet. They do this by getting it in their food as well as supplementing protein powders. But why should you have a high-protein diet? We wrote a blog all about protein and we’re going to outline what we found below.
There are numerous benefits to having a high Protein diet. Protein is proven to curb hunger, meaning the higher the protein content in your meal, the fuller you will feel after it – which can help you maintain a healthy weight. Protein also helps your body recover faster after a workout and can help build lean muscle which reducing muscle loss.
What Kinds of Protein Are There?
You may think there are only two types of protein powders, plant-based and non-plant-based – but you’d be wrong. There are many different types of protein powders you can supplement right now.
Casein protein is a type of protein that you supplement before you go to bed. It is a slow-releasing protein that helps you recover whilst you are sleeping. Optimum Nutrition specialises in this, with a 1.8kg tub of Casein Protein making up their gold standard range.
Whey protein is the worlds most popular protein powder. It’s made from whey concentrate and it’s designed to be high in calories (for protein powder) whilst being high in protein as well. A normal serving of whey protein gets you between 20g-24g of protein per serving. Dymatize Elite Whey is one of the best about, high in protein and great tasting.
Another popular type of protein powder is whey isolate. It’s most often a purer form of protein powder, as it’s manufactured differently than whey concentrate. Mutant ISO Surge is a very good whey isolate protein powder, with 25 g of protein and a great taste.