One thing is certain: if you’re really serious about succeeding in the iron game, you need to make sure you’re hitting your daily protein requirement. Without it you just can’t grow.
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BUT…CHECK THIS OUT…
Is protein from powder or real food a better choice? Will one build more muscle than the other?
How about getting half your protein from powder and half from food? What about getting it all from food? How about 1 shake per day and the rest from food?
Let’s turn to a scientific study for the answer. It’s interesting stuff…
To find out, researchers put subjects on 6 meals per day .
BUT…for one group, it was 6 solid food meals per day. And for the other group, it was 3 solid food meals and 3 whey protein shakes (calories and total protein being the same in both groups). And both groups did the same workouts.
Each group improved the same in terms of body composition (fat mass and lean mass levels) and physical performance.
Is whey as good as food? YES
Is food as good as whey? YES
I think in the post-workout period when more protein can be used more quickly by the body, whey protein is the best choice. Real food will digest too slowly at this time.
And always remember that when using a diet to get shredded abs, getting adequate protein for protein synthesis (and preventing protein breakdown) is even more critical – it will prevent you losing muscle in the fat-torching process.
Which whey product do I recommend? I use MyProtein because it’s the only brand I trust.
- You can get MyProtein Whey on Amazon USA here | And you can get MyProtein Whey on Amazon UK here
- This is the UK/Europe MyProtein site | This is the USA MyProtein site
But the take home message here is that if someone tells you that you need to get a significant portion of your daily protein intake from powders, they’re just wrong.
And just as importantly, if someone tells you that powders are useless and you need to get all your protein from food, they’re also just wrong.
By the way, get 2 scoops of whey after training (enough for 40g protein). Studies show it produces more growth than 20g – see my post here for the details on that. For the most part, I take 1 shake per day, guys. It’s either in the morning or during/after my training. How about you?
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Reference  Protein-Pacing from Food or Supplementation Improves Physical Performance in Overweight Men and Women
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