For all the topics about muscle building and strength training, protein shakes have to be the most debated and talked about (and I guess I’m helping that here). People always argue how much protein to use, how much protein can you absorb, etc. Let’s not forget what protein powder is …a supplement.
For college students or other people who cannot always get to a supermarket or grocery store then protein shakes will probably benefit you if your workouts are intense and consistent enough. Supplements are supposed to supplement the nutrition that you cannot usually find.
Try not to be overcome with all the hype about protein powder. Your body does much better digestion with natural foods and besides the calories you need to build muscle and the protein can be found conveniently in regular foods. I’m sure you’ve heard the words “whole wheat” and “organic” describing good foods to eat? This is because they are good for you!
Instead of a protein shake try these foods that give you more benefits than just protein:
- Peanut butter (great for calories too)
- Whole wheat bread
- Yogurt (especially Greek yogurt)
- Quality meats
I’ve seen guys that have very little muscle chug down 2 or 3 protein shakes a day! Granted these guys do a lot of swimming which keeps them leaner but it just goes to show that it’s not all about the protein shakes. You’ve got to incorporate a steady stream of quality foods with high carbohydrates, protein, and some fat to make a real difference in your physique. If there’s one widely spoken, generally believed topic I’ll believe it is that in order to be big you have to eat big.
If you don’t have money to throw towards protein shakes then don’t bother because more natural foods and harder workouts will truly be more beneficial. If you’re wondering about how to cook up some quality muscle building meals I’ll cover that in a future post. For now just keep your diet as fine tuned as possible, drink tons of water, and push yourself already!!