Without enough protein, your muscles cannot grow no matter how hard and often you train. The fact is protein is the building block of muscles and there are no other nutrients that can replace it.
You should definitely consider adding a protein supplement to your daily nutrition plan if you cannot meet your protein needs through diet alone.
I’m sure you have seen all the different types of protein powders that are available in the marketplace with each one offering a different benefit.
In this post, let’s review the five main protein types, which make up the foundation for successful protein supplementation.
- Whey proteins – Whey protein is the king of proteins because it is not only quickly and easily digested but it’s also loaded with essential amino acids. Whey protein is available in three different forms; whey concentrate, whey protein isolate and hydrolyzed whey protein. The purest and fastest digesting whey proteins you can get are hydrolyzed whey protein isolates.
- Casein Proteins – Did you know about 80% of the protein you find in milk is casein? Casein protein is a time –released protein that takes a much longer time for your body to digest and absorb. Bodybuilders use products such as ON casein right before going to bed or anytime during a prolonged period without eating.
- Egg Proteins – Ask any bodybuilder “What is one of the best sources of protein?” and eggs will be a top choice on the list. Egg proteins are loaded with essential amino acids and are a great alternative to casein proteins and whole milk for those who have milk allergies or severe lactose intolerance.
- Blended Proteins – Blended proteins such as Gaspari Myofusion combine the benefits of a fast-acting protein (whey) with a time-released protein (Casein) all in one. It’s a great alternative if you’re looking for the best of both worlds at an affordable price.
- Recovery Proteins – These types of recovery proteins are designed to take right after a grueling workout to help in muscle recovery. You will find combinations of fast-acting proteins (whey) and carbohydrates along with supplemental ingredients such as creatine, BCAAs, and glutamine to maximize the recovery process.
Bodybuilding is more than working out. It is a combination of working the muscles, feeding the muscles properly so they can recover as well as knowing the best time to take protein.
When you consume the right amounts of protein (weight in pounds and multiplying by 1 or 1.5), with the right types (whey, casein, egg, blended, recovery), and at the right time (1st thing in the morning, pre-workout, post-workout, between meals and before bed), you can expect maximum results.
So try to work as many different types of protein into your nutrition plan as you can. Protein is the building block for muscles, time to construct the muscle mass you deserve.
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Marco Carbajo is a bodybuilder, entrepreneur, writer, author, speaker, trainer, and founder of Bodybuildingblogger.com, the premier online source for bodybuilders all over the world providing top level workouts, supplements, nutrition, news, resources, and motivation.