Protein is used by your body to build, maintain and repair all of its cells. It’s essential for muscle growth and if you fail to consume enough protein, your muscles won’t develop, regardless of how much you lift. Eating a diet that’s rich in fresh fish, fresh meat, nuts and seeds will supply your body with a good amount of protein but by supplementing this with a high quality protein powder, you can ensure that you’re getting maximum muscle gains.
There are lots of different types of protein powders on the market with whey protein, casein protein and soy protein being three of the most popular. Whey protein is a fast absorbing protein and a great choice if you’re planning to take your protein powder post-workout, as it will reach your muscles quickly when they need it the most. Casein protein is a slow absorbing protein and a top supplement to take just before bed in order to give your muscles a steady release of protein throughout the night. Alternatively, if you’re lactose intolerant or don’t eat dairy, soy protein is a brilliant substitute for whey protein and casein protein (which are both produced using milk).