Whey protein may very well be my favorite supplement. Most people think of protein as a “body builder” supplement—you mix up whey protein powder if you want to get BIG, shredded, and muscular.
But here’s the reality: Everyone who wants to slim down, get fit, or stay fit should consider making Whey Protein a part of their diet.
Protein powder is not just for body builders or “muscle heads.” Here are 5 reasons why:
Reason 1: Whey Protein Helps You Recover Faster and Recover Stronger.
One of the reasons MAX Workouts “work” is because they pack a ton of work in a short amount of time. MAX Workouts utilize High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to re-shape metabolic processes and generate results faster than shorter workouts.
But the workouts can (and will) take a toll.
I personally supplement with Whey Protein because it helps me recover faster so I can exercise just as hard tomorrow as I did today.
I’m sure you know the completely exhausted feeling you get after a workout—
—well, Whey Protein helps you get over that feeling faster by sending amino acids straight to your muscles to aid in recovery.
Here’s how it works:
- Your muscles are made up of proteins (two types – actin and myosin). Proteins are amino acids that are built up like a brick wall.
- When you exercise your muscles break down. That’s why they get sore.
- To recover from exercise, your body needs more amino acids to build up that protein “wall” (your muscles).
- When you eat whey protein, your body breaks it down into amino acids.
- Those amino acids are sent to your muscles to rebuild the two types of proteins (actin and myosin).
Whey Protein supplementation gets amino acids to your muscles faster. As a result, you recover from workouts faster. If you can work out harder and more often, you’ll see results faster!
Reason 2: Hunger? What Hunger? Whey Protein Reduces Cravings.
I’ve personally experienced this (and if you try Whey Protein supplementation you can too):
Whey Protein helps keep hunger in check.
It reduces cravings. It makes you less hungry.
And this isn’t just my experience talking, check out this study:
Researchers studying appetite hormone response to fructose, glucose, and whey protein ingestion determined that whey protein kept the hormone that tells your brain “I am hungry” (it’s called ghrelin) significantly lower.
Reason 3: Keep the Muscle, Lose the Fat (More Fat) When Dieting.
One of the risks of a calorie-restricted diet is losing muscle along with fat.
This is 100% a risk with ANY exercise program, workout schedule, or diet that puts you at a calorie deficit (remember: Calorie deficits cause your body to burn stored energy as fuel).
Whey protein helps you keep muscle and lose fat (MORE FAT) when you’re on a calorie restricted diet.
In a 12-week study, participants supplementing with whey protein lose 6.1% of their body fat mass while “showing a greater preservation of lean muscle” when compared to the control.
Reason 4: The Stress Surprise that’s “Whey Out” There.
This is one benefit you have to really feel to believe:
Whey protein supplementation can reduce overall stress. Not just stress from your workout, but stress from life outside of the gym.
It’s a life stress reducer.
My personal story?
My wife Susan and I had our first child just a few months ago. It’s been an AMAZING experience, but if you’re a parent, you know that all the moments of stress add up. Everything in life becomes just a little more hectic and a little more important.
Then I saw some research that mentioned the important role whey protein can play in reducing stress levels.
In a study from a few years ago, “stress-vulnerable” subjects consuming whey protein where less likely to experience stress during stress tests.
This is one of the biggest reasons why I got serious about whey protein.
After our son was born, the managing my mental and physical stress became a priority, which is why I make sure to include at least one serving of whey protein a day.
There are many effective stress management tools, but whey protein may be an easy addition to your already busy life that may be helpful.