Supplements: The benefits of whey protein

Supplementation is a commonly misunderstood aspect of overall health & fitness. The body needs a certain amount of nutrients to function at an optimum level. When you exercise, especially if you are trying to lose weight and are cutting calories, your body will need the essential vitamins and minerals to fully recover and improve performance for the next workout.

Protein is needed on a daily basis and the best sources of protein are chicken, turkey, lean beef, egg whites and fish. However, if you’re not getting enough protein because of dieting habits such as being a vegetarian or because of an active lifestyle, whey protein can be a great supplement to the “real” thing.

Whey protein provides branched chain amino acids, which the body requires in higher quantities during and after a workout. Having whey protein within an hour of working out can help repair your body’s cells, muscles and bones and ward off fatigue. It can also aid in weight loss because it gives a feeling of fullness.  Combined with exercise, whey protein can help speed up your metabolism so not only is it great for body builders but persons interested in losing weight, as well.  And if that wasn’t enough, some studies suggest that whey protein has an anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer agent.

If you’re looking for a quicker recovery after a hard workout, you might consider a branched chain amino acid supplement.

Are you giving your body the appropriate nutrients to fuel the performance it takes to reach your fitness goals?

About Bonnie Dietz

Sales & Marketing Coordinator Unique Physique Fitness Center
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2 Responses to Supplements: The benefits of whey protein

  1. Bethany Fehlinger says:

    Bonnie,
    This is a great post. I just want to point out that not getting enough protein because of a vegetarian diet is a myth. Here is one article to consider: http://www.ecorazzi.com/2012/10/01/8-plant-foods-that-refute-the-vegan-protein-myth/

    There are a number of plant-based foods that are good sources of protein, such as beans, hempseeds, chia seeds and quinoa. It is very difficult to be protein deficient. I don’t think it is fair to scare people away from this type of diet, just because of misinformation about protein.

    • Bonnie Dietz says:

      Hi Bethany,

      Sorry I just realized you commented. I’m sorry if it came across as scaring anyone away. I was just trying to get across that supplementation can be imporant if you are increasing your fitness level; burning more calories and cutting down on calories. I didn’t intend to make it sound like I was against a vegetarian or vegan diet by any means. Actually, I just posted a cheesy quinoa recipe; prior to reading your comment, as I am aware of it’s very high protein content. Thanks for commenting. I will certainly keep it in mind when I blog. And Chia seeds…love them!

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