Don’t Forget the Protein – Here are 4 Reasons Why

Hard exercise places significant demands on the body. Many foods, such as beans, lean meats, and dairy products are good sources of protein, but that may not be enough. Additional protein helps you meet the demand of a hard workout and build muscle, too. Protein shakes sources include, pea whey, casein, soy, eggs, rice, milk, and hemp. Whey, a fast-digesting protein, is a common favorite. Choose the source that works best for you, but choose. Protein shakes are as essential to your workout as the workout itself.

Protein shakes can help you boost fat loss

The ratio of protein and carbs matters when it comes to choosing a protein shake. Protein promotes satiety while it helps you lose fat and preserve muscle. Whey protein has been shown to be especially effective. Protein is important, but carbs are too. Muscles need glycogen for fuel. Carbs provide that fuel. Insufficient carbs mean less glycogen or fuel so you’ll tire more quickly.

Protein shakes boost glutathione

Glutathione (GSH) is produced by the liver and found in certain foods. It is an important antioxidant responsible for supporting the immune system. GSH supports other functions such as protecting the body from damage caused by toxins and free radicals as well as tissue building and repair. Hard workouts have been shown to reduce glutathione levels, thus compromising the immune system. Protein shakes help to mitigate that loss so your GSH, as well as your immune system, take less of a hit.

Protein shakes help you make the most of the anabolic window

Down a protein shake about 30 minutes before you work out. Doing so helps you protect your muscles from undue damage and gives you more energy and stamina to perform at your best. After your workout, protein helps you restore amino acids, repair micro tears and recover more quickly. Protein shakes send your muscles the nutrients they need to grow in strength as well as size.

Protein shakes can supplement your nutritional goals

Let’s face it, you’re busy. Still, you need to find ways to get in some quality protein and nutrients while you handle all the other things you’ve got going on. When you have a protein shake on hand you have less work to do with calculating daily intake and less temptation to run through a random drive thru and load up on junk. (As a result of overwhelming customer requests, Crazymass now offers our ISO*Ignite Elite Series Protein Hydrolyzed Whey Isolate protein powder.)

Hard workouts place significant demands on the body. To meet the demands and build muscle you will need about 1.5 to 2.0 grams of protein per pound of body weight per day. For a person of 180 lbs. that is about 122 to 164 total grams of protein daily. Protein shakes are an easy way to boost total protein intake. Start your morning with a shake as a supportive nutrient base, fuel up for a hard workout or rebuild muscle and tissue after a workout. You may even have a protein shake about an hour before bed. Casein, a slow digesting protein, is good just before bedtime.