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Should I Use Protein Powder Supplements?

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Clients often ask me whether they should use protein powder supplements and if so, which one? As with all my answers, it usually “depends”.

Nearly every client I’ve ever had comes in with a pretty low protein intake. This can be rectified by adding a good 4-8 ounces of protein with your 3-5 meals per day depending on your current body weight. If that’s difficult to do, you hate most protein, you don’t consume meat/eggs, etc then protein powders are a excellent resource. For improved body composition, getting the protein intake at an adequate level on a daily basis is most important whether the protein is coming from “real food” or powders. Whatever gets the job done works.

If performance, hypertrophy, and recovery are of concern then supplementing whey (fast absorbing) and casein protein (slow digesting) at the proper times would be beneficial.

As far as protein powders, they’re all more or less the same. The taste is different and personally that’s usually how I make my choice. Also, the costs will always be varied depending upon the brand.

I personally like myprotein and dymatize brands. You can visit www.labdoor.com and they actually test and rate the quality, efficiency, cost, etc of a huge variety of supplements. It would probably be worth your time if you’re shopping for protein supplements to check it out.

You can reach your goals with or without supplements but generally speaking when you’re beginning they aren’t incredibly necessary. Once you have your calories and macro-nutrients consistent and locked in then you can become a little more particular with supplements to try to boost performance in the gym or potentially aid recovery and maximize muscle gains. People new to the diet and exercise world should see a lot of body re-composition in the beginning from the strength training and improved nutrition alone.

Learn more at Taylor Carpenter Personal Training in Charlotte, NC.

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Taylor Carpenter is a nationally Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Taylor was featured as a fitness expert in the first publication of NASM's "The Fitness Edge".
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