Why do I need protein?
Proteins are the basic building blocks of life. It provides your body with the amino acids it needs to grow and repair muscle tissue, along with the necessary components to keep your immune system healthy and make hormones, enzymes, skin, hair, nails, organs, and blood.
How Much Protein Does Your Body Really Need?
At its simplest, your body has a baseline protein requirement that depends on a two main factors: lean body mass (muscle) and activity (type and amount). The more muscle your body carries, the higher your protein requirement. Also, the more intense, the more frequent and the longer the activity you perform, the more protein you need. Studies on protein requirements that demostrate a greater need for protein often meet with much controversy in scientific literature. It seems sometimes, for some reason, that many in the scientific and nutritional community are actually anti-protein! In fact, you may have even witnessed a similar prejudice when it comes to supplements as simple as vitamins as well! Bottom line: if you train with weights, your body is breaking down protein and you need to provide it with extra protein to help rebuild. Though the exact amounts that different sources recommend varies widely between 0.7 grams per pound of bodyweight (140 grams for a 200 lb person) to levels as high as 2 grams per pound of bodyweight (400 grams for a 200 lb person), there is a solution… Experiment for yourself! Start with a moderate protein intake of 0.7 grams per pound of bodyweight and see how you feel and how your results are. The next week, increase your protein intake a little, adding about 20 to 30 grams to your daily total. See if that makes a difference. The following week, add a little more protein. You may find that you need more protein than you’ve been taking or you may find that you don’t need as much protein as you think!
Can I order 5kg and get multiples of 1kg pouches in different flavours?
Yes. You asked for it so we made it happen! Order 5kg of protein and choose up to 5 different flavours. Take advantage of our bulk options by adding 10kg, 15kg, or 20kg (in 5kg multiples for WPI and 2.5kg multiples for WPC) to your cart and receive immediate discounts. If you order 2kg, 3kg or 4kg of protein you can also choose different flavours, as these are supplied in 1kg pouches.
How Much Protein Can The Body Digest At One Time?
There are many who suggest your body can’t digest and use more than 30 to 40 grams of protein at a time. I’ve not seen convincing research on it to say if that’s true or not. Personally, using a common sense approach, I think we need to consider a few things. 1. Think about what state your body is in. If your body needs the protein (like after workout), I think it will use and digest more of it if it’s available. Your entire metabolism is accelerated after a workout and protein use in the body shoots up. If protein is just eaten during the day, smaller servings of around 40 grams may well be better. 2. It’s better to have more than you need than not enough when you need it. After a workout, I take in about 60 grams of whey protein, simply because, even if my body can’t use it all, I’d prefer to have a little bit more than not have enough, which would slow down recovery. The same can certainly apply during the day. A little extra protein that your body burns up or excretes is not going to have any appreciable negative effects. But, not having protein available when your body needs it can slow and stop muscle growth. 3. Protein doesn’t digest all at once, especially with meals. Think about it this way, your stomach doesn’t process and send out everything it digests all at once. It works on some, then sends some on its way. This applies more to meals than protein drinks but the fact remains, your body doesn’t digest a whole meal all at once. It digest a little at a time. Think of it like time-release vitamin – your body doesn’t use the whole all at once but uses it over the course of the entire digestion process. 4. Different people can handle different doses of nutrients other than protein. Does it makes sense that a 250 lb bodybuilder can only digest the same amount of protein as a 110 lb woman at one time? Different metabolic systems require and can handle different dosages. Bottom line: The limit of 30 to 40 grams of protein at once? It could be right, it could be wrong. Just make sure you’re getting plenty if and when your body needs it.
Why do chocolate flavors have less protein than vanilla?
To achieve a rich chocolate taste, cocoa must be added along with a chocolate flavor. Vanilla only requires flavor for a good taste. The added cocoa, about 1 gram per serving, displaces some of the protein in a formula. Various brands deal with this lower protein situation in one of two ways. Either their chocolate product will have slightly less protein and slightly more carbs, or the serving size is increased to make the protein level constant between flavors, but there will be fewer servings. In our catalog we display the protein, carbs, fat, calories and servings for vanilla only because we have limited space.
So which one should I use?
This all depends on circumstances. Contrary to what many say, absorption times of both are very similar – both are considered very rapidly absorbing protein sources. Due to this, one is not better post training or as a meal replacement compared to another, so they can be interchanged easily. If you want the best possible value for money then WPC is the better choice. While it has 12% less protein, we price it at over 30% less, so for a given money spent, you will get more protein and hence better results from WPC. We use a great tasting US made WPC. If however, money isn’t an issue and you want a more refined product, one which tastes slightly better, is lower in fat and carbohydrates as well as lactose, WPI would be the better choice. Given the fact our WPI is extremely well priced many people use it anyway, however for the more budget conscious, WPC represents better value for money.
How much protein do I need to grow muscle?
Growing muscle requires much more protein than typically recommended for the average person, this is due to the fact that the body’s principle use of protein is to support the essentials; and building muscle is far from “essential.” This means bodily priorities like internal organ health and function and cell function will have their own protein needs taken care of before the body allows recovering muscles to be satisfied with their protein needs. When a muscle is exercised its tissue is broken down, causing a need for protein to support repair and essentially this leads to a bigger, stronger muscle. Protein requirements for muscle growth will range based on the users mass and the intensity of the workouts. A healthy amount of protein can be found by multiplying your bodyweight by 0.7-1.0g to get a recommended total. In bodybuilding circles it’s not uncommon to increase this number to 1.5g or even 2.0g multiplied by bodyweight to achieve the massive physique of a Mr. Olympia.
When is the best times to have a protein shake?
There really isn’t a “best” time, but there is an “essential” time, and this is directly after exercise. Directly after exercise the body is in desperate need of protein to help the recovery process. The faster the body can get what it needs, the faster it can repair itself. Drinking a fast-digesting shake as soon as you finish exercising can be an effective way to kick start the rebuilding and repair process. Slower digesting shakes can be highly effective (but not essential) at additional times of the day including; snacks in between meals and before bedtime. Slow digesting shakes are also great to consume in the place of any whole food protein. The versatility of protein powders is limitless, but whole food proteins are still necessary and powders should never fully replace healthy food sources.