Would You Use Protein Powder? When it comes to protein powder, people generally fall into one of two camps: either they religiously incorporate it into their diets, or they’ve never even considered using it. First of all: what is protein powder? It actually comes in many varieties and can be made from whey, casein, soy, pea, or hemp. Good protein powder should offer a complete, high-quality source of protein, ranging from 20-25 grams per scoop. It comes in tons of different flavors - can even be vegan. It’s favored by hardcore athletes and regular folks alike, but is it a diet savior or completely unnecessary? The answer really depends on who you are, and what your lifestyle looks like. The primary reason people use protein powder is because it makes it simple to consume a lot of protein with minimal effort. It can easily be added to smoothies and baked goods for an added punch of flavor and protein, or simply blended up with a cup of milk. How much protein do you need? While the exact amount of protein you need depends on several factors (gender, activity level, etc.), if you’re underweight or looking to put on serious muscle mass, you need a lot of protein. It’s recommended that you eat 1-2 grams of protein per pound of body weight. Making a protein shake is a lot more convenient than say, eating six eggs. If you’re not underweight or actively trying to gain lean muscle mass, it is recommended that one consume 0.36 grams of protein per pound of body weight. Although you won’t need to consume protein powder to reach your protein goal, it’s an easy go to for meals and the added protein will help keep you full. Even if you treat this as a baseline, chances are you don’t need nearly as much protein as you think—and you can get what you need from eggs, fish, meat, nuts, and other real food protein sources. The one exception might be if you’re new to veganism or vegetarianism and are having trouble finding the right combination of amino acids from plant-based protein. Protein powder can help you to bridge the gap as you learn about your new diet. The Price Then there is the cost of protein powder. There’s no getting around it: it’s extremely expensive. Costing anywhere from $7-15 per pound, protein powder might not be a feasible option for those on a tight budget. Then again, those who want to build muscle might have no problem with spending a little extra cash to bolster their efforts at the gym. Ultimately, the decision to incorporate protein powder into your diet depends on your activity level, fitness goals, and personal preference. The first step is figuring out exactly how much protein you personally need, and then deciding whether or not you can get all of it from natural food sources. About the Author: David Quenneville FHMatch, all-in-one `Business in a Box! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch ! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments| Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance| Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , Pinterest , LinkedIn It's always free to have a profile - join now and enjoy your 1st 30 days as a Premium member on us, no credit card required!