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What is a Protein Supplement and Why Do I Need It?

| Articles | October 3, 2013

When you start bodybuilding, you will hear a great deal about protein and protein supplements. This is a hot topic in gyms around the world. But, what are protein supplements, and why do you need them?

The truth is that while protein supplements are important to bodybuilding, they are also important to those who are not bodybuilders. Protein supplements are also beneficial for cardiovascular health, cancer patients, diabetics, weight management, infants, the healing of wounds, and so much more. Because there are so many different uses for protein supplements, there are different types of protein supplements as well.

Unfortunately, not all protein supplements are created equally. Furthermore, you may believe that you can get all of the protein that you need, without a protein supplement, from the foods that you eat. If you are a bodybuilder, you would have to eat an awful lot of food for that to happen. This is why you need protein supplements.

With that said, however, it is also important to understand that a protein supplement is not a replacement for food, it is an addition to food. It is also important to realize that a protein supplement will not build your body; it is something that enhances the results of your workoutsyou must still eat right, and you still have to workout.

There is a long, scientific explanation of why you need protein supplements, but all you really need to understand is that protein supplements enable you to get the protein that you are not getting from the food that you eat, and they help to increase your strength while decreasing the recovery time that you need between workouts. A good protein supplement is what allows bodybuilders to workout everyday.

A good protein supplement can come in many forms, but the best form is powder. This powder is then mixed with a liquid, and you simply drink it. Some protein supplements taste bad, and others taste just fine, depending on what you mix them with. The ideal liquids to mix a protein supplement powder with are water and juice.

Among bodybuilders, the best protein supplement seems to be whey protein isolate, or whey protein concentrate. These two protein supplements have the least amount of lactose, fat, and carbohydrates. In fact, whey protein isolate doesn’t have any lactose, fat or carbohydrates. Protein concentrate has very little lactose, carbs, and fat, if it is a quality product. Of course, the protein supplement that you choose will be based on your body’s needs, as well as your goals.

It is important for every bodybuilder to learn as much as he or she can about protein supplements. Otherwise, you will spend a great deal of money on products that are inferior, at best. Again, it is also important to remember that while a good protein supplement is vital to your bodybuilding efforts, it isn’t going to do the work for you. A good protein supplement must be combined with the proper diet and workouts in order to be effective.

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