Why Should I Use Whey Protein?*

Thursday, 26 May 2016, By James Clare
Why should I use whey protein?
This is a common question we are asked as coaches by our clients at Vision especially female clients at the start of a new coaching program.
Below are a few examples of some of the reasons to consider using, and how to know when to take and and how it effects different training goals. 
Lean protein plays a key role in stabilising our energy levels, providing nutrients to our bodies for recovery and repair, and protecting our immune function. A 2005 review published in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine found that people who get the protein they need throughout the day maintain muscle mass better and are typically leaner than people who don't.
Many of us have have clients who are trying to lean out, gain lean mass, improve energy, or simply looking for a convenient way to get optimal protein intake, Whey Protein would work great as a dietary supplement to assist with any of these goals.
Whey is a complete protein source, containing bioactive peptides as well as all essential amino acids necessary for protein demands. Often the one macro nutrient that is missed frequently by the majority of clients is protein intake. This is another reason why we support and encourage clients to consider using when being coached at Vision.
Whey protein boosts total protein and compared to other forms of protein, whey protein is thought to be superior due to its branched-chain amino acid content and higher rate of utilization and absorption.
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein responsible for initiating the key pathways in the body that are required for maintenance, growth, and immunity. It really is essential to meet your daily proetin targets for these reasons.
So should I take before, during or after my workouts? 
Whey protein has not only been shown to repair and rebuild after a workout, it has been shown to decrease muscle breakdown and spare muscle fuel stores before and during a workout. I believe however one serve of whey after a workout is a better time to use, so usually encourage clients to use one serve in the first 30mins after completing a weight training session. This nutrition habit of taking a whey protein post workout supports fat loss goals by enabling the optimal recovery of muscle tissue. 
20 to 30 grams of whey protein will be equivalent to approx 15g of branched-chain amino acids.
When combined with some carbohydrates, Whey Protein Isolate is a great recovery option. 
An example could be adding 1-2 scoops of Whey Protein Isolate to a fruit smoothie of your choice. Have a go today save your own recipes in VVT and feel free to share with the network
Take away - Whey Protein supplements are beneficial to support lean mass gain, assist in fat loss programming, optimise recovery from exercise and help minimize muscle breakdown.
Speak to your trainer today to start using effectively
James Clare
*Disclaimer: Individual results vary based on agreed goals. Click here for details.

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