The Truth about Protein

The Truth about Protein

I am always very interested and amazed (sometimes, shocked!) at some gym users relationship with protein.


Now, the best advice I could possibly give is this: Do your own research using credible sources. This is the information age, never before has so much knowledge, information, facts, reviews and true stories been available to the masses. Look at your source of information closely: Do they stand to gain financially from the information they are giving you? If so, I would continue my research. Don’t take one source’s word for it – get as much as much information as possible and then make an educated decision on what is right for you.

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Below, an article by written by Brittany Smith

When you're trying to bulk up or trim down, supplementing your diet with protein is a crucial step. And, no doubt, one of the most convenient ways to get a protein fix is to pop in a store or order pre-made, ready-to-drink protein shakes and drinks online. But these beverages don't necessarily deserve a health halo. And they're definitely not without their pitfalls.

First, some of these drinks have way more protein—and calories—than you need in one serving, says Mary Jane Detroyer, P.T., R.D. "The largest effective amount of protein you can absorb in one dose—to support muscle repair, maintenance, and growth—is about 20-35 grams," Detroyer says.

Research backs up her stance. Scientists have discovered a ceiling for your ability to use protein. For bigger guys, the numbers rise proportionately. So a 250lb guy can handle about 42g of protein in one sitting. However, that's not to say research hasn't contradicted itself again... and again. Read our story on how much protein you should get and the best time to get it. Also check out some newer research from the University of Stirling that challenges these conventions (i.e. bigger athletes need more protein and you don’t need more than ~25g of protein post-workout). It brings some new takeaways to the table, like how you need to take into account the type of workout you're doing when considering the correct amount of protein to consume.

The bottom line: To optimize your protein intake, most experts agree, spread out how much you eat throughout the day. Try to get 20-30g in every meal and snack, Detroyer says. "It's the best way to prevent muscle breakdown and support muscle growth," she concludes.

A ready-to-drink protein shake is a convenient way to get much needed macros and nutrients in your body on your walk or drive home from the gym. But not all drinks are created equal.

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