Getting enough high quality Protein is super important even if you are not trying to build muscle.
Here are a few reasons why:
- Protein supports weight loss
- Protein helps curb appetite
- Protein helps to build and repair muscle, cells, bones
- Protein is necessary for the formation of antibodies, enzymes and hormones
Why Protein Powder Makes Sense
I prefer to get my protein from “whole foods” like Fish, Eggs, Beef and Chicken as much as possible.
However, life is super busy right now with 2 young children and making whole food meals is not always in the cards. And those store bought protein bars and shakes are loaded with all kinds of crap I don’t want junking up my body.
So in order to get enough high quality protein in my diet, I supplement with Whey Protein powder by drinking it in a Power Shake which combines Whey Protein with a healthy source of fat and carbohydrate. You can find Power Shake recipes here.
When Do I Drink Power Shakes?
Sometimes I’ll have one for breakfast. The mornings are always hectic with getting ready for work and getting the kids ready for school so a power shake is perfect for a quick, healthy breakfast. From start to finish it only takes about 2 minutes to get some clean healthy protein in my body for breakfast and it tastes delicious!
I usually have another at some point later in the day like right after work if I’m really hungry and have the urge to snack before dinner or as a healthy replacement for a refined sugar filled dessert. I’ve found a chocolate power shake really takes the edge off when I want to eat something like ice cream after dinner.
What type of Protein Powder?
For me, nothing beats Whey Protein. It tastes really good, it’s easy to mix and as far as all the powdered proteins go, it seems to be by far the best choice from the research that I have done.
I’ve been supplementing with Whey protein off and on for the past 20 years and it has worked fantastic for me.
I stopped taking Whey protein for a couple of years and had been working out. As soon as I started taking Whey protein again, I saw a noticeable difference in my body. More muscle and less fat. Awesome.
How Much Whey Protein Powder Per Day?
This can be a bit tricky because everyone is different. I personally eat about 20-40 grams of Whey Protein per day. I use 1 scoop of whey protein in each shake, which works out to about 20 grams of protein on average.
Chris Kresser wrote a great article here which gives some guidelines on how many grams of protein per day you may want to target depending on certain factors. Mark Sisson also wrote this article which gives some really good guidance on how much Protein certain types of individuals should target as a starting point.
Weight Loss And Whey Protein
When I finally convinced my wife Jodie to try a protein shake for breakfast instead of the usual toast, bagel or skipping breakfast, she quickly saw some amazing results and so did her colleagues at work! Within a couple weeks people at work were asking her what she was doing to lose weight and her clothes didn’t fit her any longer.
Try 1 Power Shake per day for breakfast with about 20 grams of Whey Protein powder for 1-2 weeks and see how you look and feel. I bet your clothes will fit better or even feel loose! I bet you will notice some other really nice benefits as well like increased energy and less cravings for junk food.
What Brand Of Whey Protein Powder?
My brand of choice right now is BodyLogix. I love the taste, it’s probably the best tasting Whey Protein I’ve tried so far and I’ve tried a bunch! It also mixes really well, it’s all natural, made with milk from Grass-Fed Cows and it’s very cost effective.
There are thousands of Whey Protein Powders on the market. However, as I’ve written before, it’s really important to make sure the stuff you’re putting into your body is all-natural and then filter from there based on your own preferences. To help with that process, I’ve created a comparison chart here and will be writing up reviews of the various Whey Proteins I’ve tried.