Whey protein contains an incredible amount of amino acids which are digested and absorbed easily. Whey is generally well tolerated however those with lactose intolerance need to be careful. A high quality protein is a must. Optimum Nutrition performs over 90,000 quality checks annually to ensure a quality protein. This is why they’re one of our faves.
Whey for Muscle Building
Whey protein is, in fact, one of the best studied supplements in the world! Numerous studies show that it can help to increase strength, gain muscle mass, and lose significant amounts of body fat. A product such as the Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey is high in Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs). BCAAs are the key ingredient for both supporting muscle repair and building new muscle tissue. Whey protein has been shown to be particularly effective for muscle growth when consumed right before, during, or immediately after training. Muscle protein synthesis is usually maximized in the time period post-workout.
Whey for Weight Loss
It’s well known that adding whey protein to your diet can aid in weight loss. This is due to protein being the most satiating macronutrient - it satisfies our hunger receptors keeping us fuller for longer. Increased protein consumption can also boost energy expenditure per day due to the energy required to break protein down during digestion. Increasing protein intake has also shown to reduce daily cravings by 60% and reduce the desire for late night snacking in particular. Don’t forget to check the label though, as some whey proteins may contain unhealthy additives, such as refined sugar.