If you’re an athlete of any type, packing in the protein is almost certainly a priority. With heaps of us chugging back the post-workout protein shake, nibbling on a protein bar during the day and even buying protein pizzas (they do exist!), the protein revolution really has arrived.
Many of us however, don’t really understand what protein is, how it works and why we need so much of it, so here’s our quick guide.
What is Whey Protein?
Whey protein is a type of protein that comes from dairy, specifically a byproduct of cheesemaking, atleast back in the day before it was made on an industrial level.
As a ‘complete’ protein of which contains all of the amino acids needed by your body to function and build muscle it’s an especially healthy, high quality way to get good nutrients in your body while avoiding unnecessary calories.
What are the Benefits to You?
Protein plays a hugely important role in just about every cell in our body making up much of the cells in our bodily organs, our skin and even hair and nails. When it comes to athletes and gym goers like ourselves, the most important part for us is muscle growth and repairing. A process called protein synthesis.
The UK’s dietary recommendations suggest that the average man needs around 55g of protein per day. If you’re active, whether it’s bodybuilding or running, you’ll need considerably more protein to respond to the stress and damage our muscles suffering during exercise and allow for muscle growth. Without it, your muscles won’t repair efficiently. Protein powders like those from SCI-MX are formulated with this in mind.
Protein isn’t just useful for our muscles though, it takes longer than carbohydrates to digest meaning you stay fuller for longer after eating it.
Why Use Whey Protein?
While normal sources of protein are fine and come with plenty of benefits (and negatives!) depending on the food whey protein has a number of benefits that make it a good choice.