I’m a great believer in getting as much protein as possible from real food. Chicken, red meat, eggs and such.
Some days it’s difficult to do that, particularly if I’m travelling or particularly busy. This is where protein powders come in handy. It’s easy just make up a shake to either consume right away or take with you to consume on the move.
Having trained for a lot of years now I’ve tried a lot of different protein powders. Some don’t mix well and others taste as if they’d been peed on by a yak.
What I’ve settled on in recet years is Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey Protein. It mixes very well and the falvour I go for – Vanilla Ice Cream – doesn’t taste too bad. It doesn’t bloat me like some protein powders do either.
In fact it tastes quite ‘neutral’, which suits me fine because I usually put it in the blender with either water or coconut milk and some fruit of some sort. Blueberries would be my first choice to mix with it but I don’t mind strawberries or a banana either.
How much protein a bodybuilder or keen weight trainer needs is a hotly debated topic. I have read a few articles recently suggesting that anything over 0.84g per lb of bodyweight serves no purpose. Anecdotal evidence from a lot of bodybuilders suggests one should aim for 1g of protein per lb of bodyweight and that’s what I aim for.
I tend to think as long as I get 0.84g/lb a day I’m okay but I’ll try to get closer to 1g/lb a day.
The only other supplements I take are a cover-all multivitamin and some creatine from time-to-time. With creatine, I find I benefit more from taking it for two months then having a month off. I find it’s a case of diminishing returns taking it all the time and I get a boost when I start taking it again after a month off.
Anyway, I recommend Optimum Nutrition’s Gold Standard Whey Protein. A lot of them are much of a muchness but I’ve found this one to be a bit better than others. I always buy the biggest tub of it I can, which is usually 2.27kg, to take advantage of the economy of scale.
A heaped scoop contains the following:
|Glutamine and Glutamine Acid||4g|
As I said, I try to get as much protein as possible from real food and some days I don’t need to supplement. Other days I might need to supplement protein once and on a bad diet day I might need to supplement twice. If I do need to supplement, this is my protein of choice.