From the couch potato to the professional athlete and everyone in between, we all need protein in varying amounts. Our bodies utilize protein in different ways, the most notable being:
- to repair, grow and replenish muscle tissue
- to provide our muscles with a direct energy source
- to help maintain optimum metabolism
The majority of our protein intake should ideally come from our diets. Studies suggest that around six small meals a day, each with a protein-rich food included is optimum.
For active people such as gym members, cross-fitters, runners, cyclists, swimmers – in fact, athletes of any discipline, it is most likely necessary to use supplemental protein to reach their athletic and physical goals.
Yes, it is possible to fulfill all of your protein requirements from diet alone. Is it probable, or even practical? No.
You may have heard of the 20 minute window which exists after we have finished exercising and when the body is at it’s most sponge-like absorbency – primed for nutritional recovery. This is one such occasion where protein (along with carbohydrate) supplementation is crucial.
For this reason, and more, the supplement market is buoyed up by protein powders manufactured by big brands, and manned by many a muscle-bound salesman willing to separate you from your hard-earned money. And, boy it’s a lot of money!
Unfortunately, that salesman is withholding much information from you; such as a valid reason why this protein powder costs as mush as it does.
He will talk at length about absorption rates and amino acid profiles, why this is that and that is this, but he’ll neglect to mention the markup that the big brand company is making.
I know, I know, he wouldn’t be a good salesman if…blah, blah! The fact is: Protein powders cost little to make, but a lot to buy – that is, they cost a lot in the high street supplement stores anyway.
So, are there options whereby you can get your hands on quality protein – and other supplements – for a lot less money without sacrificing quality and quantity?
You can bet your quadriceps there are.
Well, one such company by the name of myprotein aims to answer that question in the affirmative. By keeping the business solely online and by saving on superficial flamboyances like colourful packaging, they have managed to cut their prices down to something most of us will view as much more realistic and indeed manageable.
But what about quality? – you ask.
Protein supplements are not nuclear rocket science. It’s true to say that a Whey Isolate has a much higher absorption rate than a Miscellar Casein. That’s why whey isolate is much better to take straight after the gym so that the amino acids get to work preventing the catabolism (break-down) of the muscle and promoting an anabolic (growth) environment.
It’s also why miscellar casein is ideal to take just before bedtime, where it will form a nice ball of slow-digesting protein in your stomach, helping your muscles grow as you lay in blissful and uninterrupted sleep. But one isolate to another, or one casein to another, there’s no way one could be worth twice as much as another when the same, certificated manufacturing process is adhered to.
So, not to put too fine a point on it but that’s all there is to it. Anything other than what it says it is on the packet is superfluous and unnecessary. And it’s what makes big brand stuff so expensive. They throw science and numbers at you and sell you theories and ideas. I’m not ashamed to say that I have bought into that on many occasions in my life.
With that, lets take a look at one or two of the products, just as a taster, if you will. Or, if you want to, just follow the link below and you can go and browse the entire range on the myprotein website.
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myprotein Total Protein
The first indication of value for money came when I noticed the Total Protein. It’s a blend of different protein types, ranging from milk/casein which is slow-digesting, through to egg which is medium, to whey which is the fastest.
That makes it absolutely ideal for taking after the gym or in the evening – or better yet, after your early evening workout. The whey will get to work immediately, starting to repair your muscles before you even get home.
The egg derived portion will pick up later on and the milk protein will take you through the night, allowing you to repeat the whole routine again the following day.
Meanwhile you can eat your balanced diet, knowing your amino acid pool is thoroughly supplemented. And when I get 2.5 kg (yes, two and a half kilograms) for less than £38 it feels like I’m doing something I shouldn’t.
As for flavour – chocolate mint is available, which is about where my flavour search stopped. The powder mixes well, with no clumpy lumpy bits and in a blender with other ingredients, it breaks down and mixes smoothly.
myprotein Lean Definition Advanced Bundle
If you’re unsure where to start but you sort of know where you want to go, the myprotein bundles are one of the best and affordable routes to go. Here’s a fine example in the Lean Definition Advanced Bundle.
Probably the vast majority of gym goers would describe their goals in physical terms. That is to say they would like a certain body type.
The “lean and cut” build is probably the easiest to say, but one of the hardest to achieve. So, you want to build muscle but get rid of fat. In other words, get bigger – but only in the right places.
The Lean Definition Advanced Bundle should help. It comprises these separate products:
- Hurricane Evo – 1.8 kg – this is a powder blend of different protein types, isolated amino acids, carbohydrates, and the ultimate buddies – HMB and Creatine. Basically, a muscle building elixir for the body.
- BCAAs – 250g – the Branched Chain Amino acids – Leucine, isoleucine and valine. They provide your muscles with a direct source of energy during exercise and help create an environment of muscle growth during recovery. They are the super amino-acids essentially.
- Impact Whey Deluxe – 1.0 kg- post exercise muscle recovery and growth has been defined by whey protein for as long as gyms have existed. Of course this excellent source of protein should be included in the bundle.
- Thermopure – 90 tabs – Capsules filled with a blend of thermogenic ingredients that release, transport, burn and otherwise get rid of that unwanted fat. Definition means seeing those muscles you are building.
- Creapure – 250g – Creatine = Strength and power. Myprotein’s creatine product is simple – it’s as close to pure creatine monohydrate as you will find. And that’s all you need. Scientifically speaking, once you have saturated your system with creatine, there is nothing that some whizz-bang fast absorption product is going to do that this won’t.
- 600ml myprotein shaker cup