What comes to mind when you think of protein shakes? Body builders? Athletes? Boys? I'm sure many of you girls don't exactly picture yourself gulping down protein shake after protein shake after a long, hard workout. But here's the thing; if you work out regularly and are determined to lose a bit of weight, or simply tone up, protein shakes may be just the thing for you! So the spirit of us girls working hard to get the perfect summer bod, here are some reasons why, we too, could benefit from knocking back those lovely protein filled shakes:
Contrary to what many of girls believe, not all protein shakes will make you gain weight:
We've all heard that god forsaken word associated with protein shakes... 'gainers'. And most of us do not want to be putting something that is referred to as a 'gainer' into our beautiful bodies. Yes, it's true that some protein shakes will make you pile on the pounds, but that's because they are designed this way. They are for the boys that need all those calories for extra muscle gain. And we want to avoid them! Obviously!
What we are looking for is a protein shake that is relatively low in calories. You can find many different brands that that contain around 100 calories or less which is perfect!
I use the brand My Protein, which I love as it only has 98.3 calories (20g of protein per shake). It's actually the lowest in calories I have been able to find, so I would definitely recommend it in that aspect. At the end of the post, I will include a mini review to let you know my thoughts on this particular brand.
For us girls who exercise regularly, protein can help us achieve a toned body:
Incorporating protein shakes into your diet can be extremely beneficial in helping you out with that beautifully toned body you have always longed for.
A quick biology lesson here; protein is used for growth and repair. When we workout, we get lots of tiny tiny rips in our muscles. This is one of the reasons why our muscles hurt after exercise. So, we need to repair these rips, and taking in enough protein is so important for this! The protein basically directs the muscle cells to replicate, repairing the rips. As there are more cells, our muscle size will be increased!
Wow, I felt like I was back in A-Level Biology writing out that little paragraph! So exactly how much protein should you be getting in your diet? If your a fairly active girl, you should be aiming to get 1 - 1.5g for every kg of your body weight. That's 60 - 90g if you weigh 60kg, which seems rather a lot, I know! You can see how useful protein shakes could be in aiding your protein intake each day.
Oh, and one final point about having a toned body; having a higher mass of toned muscle actually helps with weight loss and will contribute to increasing your metabolism!
Protein and it's beauty benefits:
It's no secret that protein is vital for the health of our skin, hair and nails. Making sure that you are taking in enough protein each day will definitely help the condition and growth rate of your hair and nails. It will also lead to lovely, glowing, blemish free skin that many of us can only dream of!
On a more serious note, there are some factors you have to consider before you delve into the world of protein. If you are getting enough protein from your regular diet already, there is no need to splash out on protein shakes! Too much protein can actually be dangerous for our bodies, and could increase our risk of developing kidney and heart problems, as well as nutrient deficiencies.
Please don't let that little section worry you though. I don't want you too be obsessively counting every single gram of protein every day now! You'd have to regularly take in very high quantities of protein for that to be relevant!
Now for the question I bet many of you have been wondering. Which protein do I go for? There's so many too chose from! Well, one of the main reasons I went for My Protein is, as I mentioned earlier, because their shakes have only 98.3 calories, which is lower than most others I found. Even the shakes that are specifically designed for women (more on them later).
I also decided that I wanted to go for Whey Protein, which My Protein provide. There are so many benefits to taking Whey Protein, including that of weight loss (which I'm sure most of us are expecting to achieve from this!). I'll let you discover more of the benefits yourself.
My Protein also offer a choice of SO many different flavours. There is literally so many, I was in ore when I first checked them out. I've found no other brand to offer a variety of flavours like this. If you don't believe me, go and look for yourself!
As well as their awesomely large option of flavours (which all sound delicious, might I add), I thought the price that they offer the protein powder for was very reasonable. It is the cheapest that I have found on the internet so far, especially compared to the protein shakes that are advertised for women. When I started researching said shakes, I was initially going to go for one specifically designed for us girls. But after more and more research, I realized I would basically be paying a lot of extra money just for the pretty pink packaging and the fact that they claim it's specifically designed for women! No thanks!
And just in case you were wondering, I drink one protein shake a day after I have exercised! Well, the best time to take protein is straight after that hard workout of yours!
What are you thoughts on us girls drinking protein shakes?
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Disclaimer: This post has not been sponsored, nor was I asked to write it. I also paid for the all products with my own money (before I even thought about starting a blog!)