Hey girls, Simon here!
‘What protein powder should I get?’ would easily be the number one question the BBB team gets asked. It means that our BBB babes are taking their nutrition seriously, which makes me really happy!
Protein is the body’s building block. If you do not consume enough of the right type of protein, you will not build muscle as effectively as you could. This is why many people decide that protein powder is a good option for them to be able to consume the right types of protein/s without having to hunt for innumerable items, across many different outlets, during their weekly grocery shop.
Protein powder is a supplement, which by its definition means that it should supplement your diet; it is not a meal replacement. And, just like other supplements, (such as vitamins) there are good protein powders and some not so good ones.
When looking for a protein powder, pick it up and check out the label!
First things first… mass gainers.
Some protein powders are actually mass gainers pretending to be just protein powders. Mass gainers are very high in carbohydrates and fat as well as protein. This is great for a person who wants to gain weight. But if your goal is to lose weight, avoid mass gainers.
If your goal is to lose weight, choose a protein powder that has:
- Low fat (less than 5 grams of fat per serve is ok)
- Low carb (less than 5 grams of carbs per serve is ok)
- High protein (i.e. 20 to 30 grams of protein per serve)
So which protein powder should you get?
Here are some things to avoid and why:
- Soy-based protein. Why? Because soy increases estrogen levels, which can lead to weight gain. My recommendation is to avoid it.
- Powders with more than eight ingredients. Why? Because the more additives, the less the quality. Less ingredients, the higher the quality.
- Ingredients you can’t pronounce. Why? Because in my opinion, natural proteins are best as opposed to those filled with chemicals.
- Anything advertised as a meal replacement. Why? Because when it is a meal replacement, it is generally really high in carbs and sugars and relatively low in protein even when advertised as high in protein.
- A new product. Why? Because it hasn’t been tried and tested yet. Pick a protein that has been around for at least a couple of years. Check out some reviews online, they’re a great way to see if the product will be suitable for you.
- Protein powders sold in supermarkets. Why? Well I can only speak for Australia, but here Down Under, the protein powders sold in supermarkets are cheap because they are really high in carbohydrates and chemicals. If something is too good to be true, it usually is, and with protein powders, you get what you pay for; so avoid supermarket sold proteins.