So, you have started to set some fitness goals. You know that you want to get a leaner, more toned body and you have started to work out more regularly.
You also know that in order to maximize the effects of working out you need to provide your body with muscle-building nutrients to properly recover.
But, which protein is the best, and which is the most beneficial to your health and overall well-being? Lucky for you, I have done all the hard work and have your answer.
Whey protein, specifically whey protein isolate, will help you to achieve your fitness goals by boosting the effects of your workout and benefiting your body and health in a number of ways.
Let’s Start With the Basics
Before we dive into all of the benefits of whey (and by the way, there are A LOT) let’s first talk about what whey is. Whey protein is found in the process of separating components of milk.
Milk is made of two proteins; casein and whey. We are able to separate the whey from the casein or it can be formed as a byproduct of cheesemaking.
From there, whey can then be processed to yield different forms of whey in the forms of concentrate, hydrolysate and isolate. While all forms have their benefits, isolate is the purest of the three and is the most complete.
Benefits of Whey Protein
Whey protein is one of the best researched supplements on the market right now.
Through these studies we are seeing more and more just how beneficial whey is, as it has a high nutritional value and the many health benefits that are associated with this protein as well.
1. Promote Muscle Growth
Okay, okay. This may scare some of you away. And you may be thinking to yourself, but I said I DON’T want to put on muscle mass. I hear you and I get it. Let me explain this to you in better detail.
Say you are putting your time in at the gym, but are not following up with protein. By skipping this crucial step you are breaking down your muscles and not repairing them. So basically all of that hard work you have been putting in isn’t leading to the results you may want to see.
By incorporating more protein into your diet you can build or maintain lean muscle and reduce fat tissue.
2. Weight Loss
A study conducted by the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition, published in the Journal of Nutrition, took 90 middle-aged overweight adults and split them into three different groups.
The first group incorporated whey protein drinks into their normal diets. The second group incorporated soy protein drinks into their diets and the third drank carbohydrate drinks.
Each group drank them twice a day; once with breakfast and once with their dinner. All drinks had the same amount of calories and had 52 grams of added protein and carbs per packet.
Over the course of six months they found that the group who incorporated carbohydrate drinks into their diets gained a few pounds, while the ones who added soy protein stayed around the same weight and the group that incorporated whey into their diets lost pounds and inches off of their bodies.
Some factors that could contribute to this weight loss is that you are able to feel more full as protein is a more satisfying nutrient.
Consuming more protein can also help you to stay fuller longer and forego those extra calories you might have consumed otherwise.
And by adding a whey protein into your diet you can reduce fat tissue while building lean muscle to lose fat and become more toned. (see above).
3. support Lower Blood Pressure
There are specific proteins in whey that contain peptides that are shown to exert positive effects on lowering blood pressure.
To further test this claim, Australian researchers conducted a study to see what would happen when additional whey protein was added to overweight men and women’s diets.
They were given 27g of whey protein twice a day for 12 weeks and found that there was a 4% reduction in systolic blood pressure and 3% reduction in diastolic blood pressure.
4. Help Reduce Symptoms of Stress and Depression
Tryptophan aids in the production of serotonin. Having lower levels of serotonin in your body can make you anxious or depressed. So by increasing your tryptophan intake, more serotonin will be produced to make you happier.
Glutamine is a precursor of gamma-aminobutyric acid which helps to keep you calm and reduce anxiety.
Benefits of Whey Protein Isolate
Now we will break this up into a smaller category. Like I said earlier, whey protein isolate is a form of whey. It is the cleanest, purest form of whey protein; as it is generally 90-95% protein. This leaves little room for anything else, so if you see 100% Whey Protein Isolate on the label you are putting a higher quality product into your body.
1. Essential Amino Acids
Whey protein isolate is the purest form of whey and is a complete protein. It contains all the essential amino acids that your body needs to repair muscle after a workout.
Because essential amino acids are not made by our bodies we must look to food and supplements to get these essential nutrients.
Failing to get these in our diets may result in muscle loss and problems with repair. To reduce tissue damage and increase performance, it is essential to get these essential amino acids into our diets.
2. No Fat or Carbs
You guys, this is huge! While so many products out there are loaded with extra fat and carbs, whey protein isolate on its own is free of these substances. This will provide your body with the protein you need without the extra fat and carbs that can slow you down.
3. Low Lactose Levels
Whey protein isolate has less than 1% lactose in it. Because this number is so small you can generally consume this even if you are lactose sensitive or intolerant. But like all other things, consult with your doctor before doing so.
4. Easily Digested
Whey protein isolate can be easily digested by your body so you can say hello to the lean, toned body of your dreams. This protein will be absorbed and processed quickly, especially when consumed as a liquid.
Fuel Your Body
Fueling your body and giving yourself the nutrients to maximize your health is just as important as the actual workout! It’s my goal to be healthy in all areas of my life. So in using a whey isolate in my diet I’m able to really optimize my workout and get the health benefits as well!
Protein is the key to get your ideal lean body. Equally important to that is making sure you find the best protein to really optimize those results. After I work out I always reach for my IdealLean Protein for a delicious and nutritious fueled recovery.
No need to straight-up inhale meat at all times of the day to get in your daily dose of protein (picture Chad from the Bachelorette).
We have you covered with some ‘whey’ better tasting alternatives (see what I did there?!?) that you can easily add to your water, milk, almond milk, or coconut milk.
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