Protein powders are quite common staples for people who are into the whole exercise deal. While there are some individuals who exercise mainly for health and weight maintenance reasons, there are some who exercise because they actually enjoy working out. Think of it this way: there are typically two types of people who exercise – the “regular” exercise folks and the “hardcore” exercise folks.
If you are someone who exercises like any other average person, you may not have heard of protein powder and you certainly may not be someone who uses it. I have only heard of protein powders and their uses from some of my friends who are hardcore health buffs. For me, I am happy with simply getting onto my nordictrack equipment and spending a few minutes of my day on my regular routine.
However, if you are interested in learning about and possibly using protein powders, here is an article for you. As I was a bit curious myself about protein powders and what they can do, I decided to do a bit of research about this popular exercise supplement which my health buff buddies seem to enjoy a lot. Here are some of the things that I found out:
Protein powders are just that – powders which contain a whole lot of protein. Often, they are used as supplements in order for an individual to monitor and reach his or her personal protein requirements per day. You may have seen people drink protein power shakes and smoothies; these are used to meet one’s daily requirements for protein. Also, they drinks help speed up metabolism. This is great for people who are trying to lose weight.
There are different types of protein powders, and what you choose to take depends on your individual needs. Here are some examples:
· Whey-based supplements have high amounts of protein and calories and low amounts of carbohydrates and fat. These are great to take after an intense workout.
· Casein or other long-acting proteins are great if you need something which will be metabolized in your body for up to about eight hours. These are great if you don’t work out regularly.
· A protein blend with other nutrients is great if you are looking for something to act as a meal replacement.
How much protein powder should you take? Well, the answer depends on your actual individual needs. Everyone has different needs which are based on several factors such as age, sex, lifestyle, weight, and other things. If you want to find out your required protein powder intake, consult with someone who is knowledgeable in such matters such as a doctor or a trainer.
Now, while protein powders are great for those who want to be able to meet their protein requirements without getting any carbohydrates, calories, or fat, you should always remember one thing: protein powders are supplements and they should never be used to replace food entirely. Why? This is because protein powders are simply powders made of protein. Such a thing can never entirely replace all of the vitamins, nutrients, and other essential substances that can be found in actual food.
That is why if you were to take protein powders, you should take care to only use them as supplements which to help you along your diet and weight loss program. Again, I want to emphasize that protein powders are only a form of weight loss aid; they cannot be used for sustenance. Otherwise, you will end up injured or even sick, which is the complete opposite of what you are aiming to achieve.
Now that you know all of these things, good luck with your exercise and diet program!