We delve into the world of Protein Shakes to find a bit more about them and answer the top FAQ’s…

Whether you’re a die-hard gym addict, training for a marathon or event or workout every couple of weeks, chances are you’ve either had a fair few protein shakes yourself, or seen people drinking them down after a workout.

Despite this, many still don’t really understand the full extent of what protein shakes do, whether they should be as a replacement for a meal, how often you can have them and how many benefits (and possible side effects) they can have. This is why we’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions to clear up some of the grey area around protein shakes.

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Protein Shakes

What exactly is a protein shake and why do I need one?

Protein shakes consist of protein powder which you mix with either milk or water. There are a few different types, with the most common being: whey concentrate, whey isolate, whey hydrolysate, casein protein and soy protein. Each have different uses and benefits depending on the results you are trying to achieve. The point of a protein shake is to increase your level of protein consumption to aid muscle growth and help your muscles to rebuild and recover after a workout. Some can also help to boost your metabolism, reduce your appetite and help you lose weight without losing muscle.

Why a protein shake? Why can’t I just eat more protein rich foods?

While it can be tastier to get all your protein from your food, if you’re aiming for high levels of protein it can be really difficult to get this all from your food. This could be due to a few factors – whether you would have to eat vast quantities which you don’t have time, budget or the appetite for, or if you have a restrictive diet. For example, if you are vegan or have a dairy allergy it can make finding foods difficult. The important thing to remember though is that a protein shake is designed as a supplement – to compliment your diet, not to replace elements of it.

When should I drink a protein shake?

For the best results – particularly if you are training multiple times a day on a quite hardcore program, it’s recommended to have the shake within thirty minutes of completing your workout. This is to aid rapid recovery and get the most out of your session, however if your workout isn’t quite as strict as this, then you shouldn’t worry too much about the time window of having your shake.

Here’s some of the key points for protein shakes and what happens to your body when you have one in this handy infographic below…

`What happens when you use protein shakes?

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