What is a Protein Supplement and Why Do I
When you start bodybuilding, you will hear a great
deal about protein and protein supplements. This
is a hot topic in gyms around the world. But,
what are protein supplements, and why do you need
The truth is that while protein supplements are
important to bodybuilding, they are also important
to those who are not bodybuilders. They are also
beneficial for cardiovascular health, cancer patients,
diabetics, weight management, infants, the healing
of wounds, and so much more. Because there are
so many different uses for them, you will find
there are different types of protein products
for these different needs.
Unfortunately, not all of these products are
created equally. Furthermore, you may believe
that you can get all of the protein that you need,
without a protein supplement, from the foods that
you eat. If you are a bodybuilder, you would have
to eat an awful lot of food for that to happen.
This is why you need them.
With that said, however, it is also important
to understand that a protein supplement is not
a replacement for food, it is an addition to food.
It is also important to realize that they will
not build your body; it is something that enhances
the results of your workouts...you must still
eat right, and you still have to workout.
There is a long, scientific explanation of why
you need protein supplements, but all you really
need to understand is that they enable you to
get the protein that you are not getting from
the food that you eat, and they help to increase
your strength while decreasing the recovery time
that you need between workouts. A good protein
supplement is what allows bodybuilders to workout
A good protein supplement can come in many forms,
but the best form is powder. This powder is then
mixed with a liquid, and you simply drink it.
Some taste bad, and others taste just fine, depending
on what you mix them with. The ideal liquids to
mix a protein supplement powder with are water
Among bodybuilders, the best protein seems to
be whey isolate, or whey concentrate. These two
supplements have the least amount of lactose,
fat, and carbohydrates. In fact, whey isolate
doesn't have any lactose, fat or carbohydrates.
Concentrate has very little lactose, carbs, and
fat, if it is a quality product. Of course, the
supplement that you choose will be based on your
body's needs, as well as your goals.
It is important for every bodybuilder to learn
as much as he or she can about protein supplements.
Otherwise, you will spend a great deal of money
on products that are inferior, at best. Again,
it is also important to remember that while a
good supplement is vital to your bodybuilding
efforts, it isn't going to do the work for you.
A good protein supplement must be combined with
the proper diet and workouts in order to be effective.