1. Protein shakes do have calories
If you drink shakes as a supplement, you shouldn’t forget that also protein shakes have got calories. Depending of how much powder you put into your shake, it often has got between 100 and 200 calories. So remember to add it to your daily requirement.
2. You won’t add muscle mass just by drinking protein shakes
If you want to increase your muscle mass, you must be physically active. There is no other (natural) way. So if you want to intake more protein in order to support your muscles, you must provide physical exercise. Only then your body sends the signal to build more muscle mass in order to keep up with the activities.
3. A protein shake is not a MUST for athletes.
Powder and protein bars can be a fast and simple uptake of protein. However, don’t disregard that it’s healthier and easier for your body to absorb the protein when it’s provided by whole foods or in general by natural foods. Your wallet will be grateful as well …
4. You can add them to recipes.
Whey protein are not only good in form of shakes, you can also add them to your daily recipes like for instance your pancakes or waffles. There are tons of examples in the internet. An example of paleo pancakes would be 6 eggs, 3 bananas, 80 grams of coconut or chickpea flour and some whey protein (if necessary).
5. Protein after your training
There are lots of discussions about the protein intake right after your training session. The German SPIEGEL published a really interesting article about this a while ago. The conclusion is that it’s proven that you should take a couple of smaller portions of protein within 2 hours after your training session in order to make sure that your muscles absorb as much as possible of it.
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