Considering a Protein Powder when EXERCISING?
Protein Powder when Exercising? Should you bother?
Whether you use protein powder when exercising is a common question we get asked by patients in the practice. So should you be considering a protein powder when exercising, especially when they are increasing the intensity of their exercise or starting a new exercise program?
Protein Powders are NOT a meal replacement
Firstly the use of protein powder should never replace a balanced diet. You should always aim to get majority of your protein form a food source and try to incorporate a protein in all of your meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner. However, protein powder can be used as a supplement to help you increase your protein intake.
Reasons for Protein Powders
- Weight loss.This is a time when a protein shake can be as a meal replacement and is great in a smoothie for breakfast. An option for people who are trying to lose weight and incorporate appropriate amounts of protein into diet.
- Muscle building and repair. Ideal in fuel replenishment and muscle mass gain with higher intensity exercise.
What do you look for in a Protein Powder?
It’s important that when looking to use a protein powder that you do research on the product and choose a protein powder that is as natural as possible and doesn’t have too many nasties. Do your homework and remember to factor in the reason why you are using a protein powder when exercising.
The takeaway message is to always build your diet with nutritious protein sources and use protein powder as a supplement when it’s healthy and convenient.
As chiropractors we aim to give you the best advice to help you lead a healthy lifestyle.
If you would like to chat further about this don’t hesitate to contact us. For information about when to eat, before or after a workout. CLICK HERE. Reminding you of great ways to eat healthy with this one tip – planning your meals. CLICK HERE for more information.
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