Earlier, we talked about how important a high protein diet is in your meal planning. It provides you with many health benefits, and is very crucial in your fitness journey. The problem is, a lot of people are not getting enough protein in their diet. That comes as no surprise considering it’s very improbable (not impossible) to get all your protein needs from whole foods alone. If you’re able to me, please drop a comment and share your tips. Fret not though, because fortunately, there is a fantastic solution: whey protein powder. Whey protein is the most popular protein supplement out there. Because of it’s amino acid profile, it’s great for building muscle and it tastes great. It’s also inexpensive and you can take it anytime. Most people (including myself) usually take it post – workout because it’s digests quickly and stimulates more immediate muscle growth. Whey protein powder comes in a wide variety of flavors, and we all now variety is the spice of life. You can pick your favorite flavor, or spice up your life and try them all. Let’s get into my top whey protein powders to try so you can get the most bang for your buck
My Top Whey Protein Powders
Whey protein comes in three forms: Isolate, Concentrate, and Hydrolysate. Isolates are 90%+ protein in weight, and is more expensive to make, as well as purchase than whey protein concentrate. Concentrates are about 30% – 80% protein in weight. It all depends on high the quality of whey protein concentrate you use. They are the least expensive of the three. Hydrolysate or hydrolyzed protein is whey protein that is broken down for easier digestion. Hydrolysate protein is the most expensive because it’s either made from pure whey protein isolate or a mixture of isolate and concentrate.
As you can guess, GNC AMP Pure Isolate is pure whey protein isolate product. GNC claims to have gone through over 20 steps to maximize protein quality with this product. This “ultra – clean” protein has half the sugar, half the fat, half the cholesterol and is lower in carbohydrates. It also contains 25 grams of protein, 5 grams of BCAA (branched chain amino acids), and 19 grams of amino acids per scoop. They have 4 different flavors: Chocolate Frosting, Vanilla Frosting, Cookies and Cream and Strawberry.
Legion Athletics is supplement company founded by Michael Matthews, creator of the books Bigger Leaner Stronger and Thinner Leaner Stronger. Michael, in my opinion, is a man among men. He teaches everyone how they can create the body of their dreams. His books give you a simple, easy to understand guide that is backed by scientific research. He’s no different when it comes to his supplements. His products contain no proprietary blends and no unnecessary ingredients. All the ingredients are listed with the proper recommended dosages (Both, once again, backed by scientific research). I highly recommend your read his books and check out his website at MuscleForLife.com. Whey+ is pure whey protein isolate. That means it’s further processed to remove fat and lactose, making it easier to digest. Whey+ also comes from Hormone and Antibiotic Free cows raised in Ireland. And lastly each serving of Whey+ contains 22 grams of protein, 1 gram of carbohydrate, and 0 grams of sugar. Try all of their 6 flavors today: Chocolate, Cookies and Cream, Vanilla, Stawberry Banana, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Unflavored (ok, so it’s technically 5 flavors).
Last but not least, we have the GNC Pro Performance 100% Whey. This protein powder is a mixture of whey protein isolate as well as whey protein concentrate. In one scoop, you 24 grams of high quality protein and all 9 essential amino acids. Best of all it tastes great. They come in 4 flavors: Cookies and Cream, Creamy Strawberry, Chocolate Supreme, and Vanilla Cream.
Anybody else noticing a commonality in all these flavors?
When I started working out, I knew that whey protein would be important for post workout recovery. However, once I figured out my fitness goals and how to finally achieve them, I knew whey protein was necessary. When you workout, you increase your body’s need for protein. And while getting all your protein needs from whole foods is possible, it’s not practical. Thus, the birth of the whey protein. Well these are my top whey protein powders to use. Have any of you use these products? Is there another whey protein product that you recommend? Drop a comment below and let me know. Maybe I’ll give it a try.