Protein supplements have their place in fat loss and muscle building programs, but are by no means an essential component of a healthy and successful training and nutrition program, far from it.
Most people we talk to – particularly ‘want-to-be meatheads’ – are far to concerned, bordering on obsessed, with taking protein supplements in lieu of eating meals. Let’s be clear, food should be chewed – and we would hands down recommend anyone eat real food rather than drink ‘faux’ powders, always. The problem is that due to busy work-life schedules this is not always possible.
Protein supplements should be used as a crutch not a staple and should only be used when it is not possible to eat what and when is required. The only exception would be post-workout when liquid nutrition might be more beneficial for helping lose body fat and add muscle – something we actually advocate at our Gyms.
If you do use a protein powder it’s important to make a considered choice. Most protein powders are simply mass produced rubbish made from grain fed, non-organic, artificially sweetened, processed dairy which for most people does little more than cause digestive disruption, inflammation and negatively hammers the immune system. We strongly recommend that you avoid these or any food stuffs made from these sources.
Always go for a growth hormone and artificial sweetener free product. They are of course more expensive, but they’re well worth it. And if you don’t do well with dairy based products (bloating etc) go for a vegan protein powder (rice and pea etc). Both are better for your health, which equally better results form your personal fitness training.
We help our members with a nutritional programme that works for them, if you’re struggling, give us a shout at our gym in North Kensington or try out our training sessions and we’ll help you work out a plan that suits you.
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