Protein Powder Supplements Necessary?

Protein Supplements Necessary?

I’ve always been a natural kind of guy when it comes to ingesting foods, and have always preferred real whole foods instead of any sort of powder form. I just don’t trust that powdered stuff you know? With that said, I do consume protein shakes daily. But are protein supplements necessary when it comes to building muscle? It’s really a yes or no answer. Yes because you need to meet a daily requirement of protein to be able to synthesize new muscle growth and no because muscle can be built by consuming protein rich whole foods.

The only reason that most people supplement with protein powders is to generally to help meet their daily protein requirements. Whether you’re a vegan supplementing for daily protein needs or a regular person trying to build muscle, protein is a necessity to maintain a healthy balance in your body.

For optimal muscle growth, you should aim to consume at least 1 to 1.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight. I’m about 150 pounds right now and I probably consume anywhere from 150 to 180 grams of protein a day. This is where protein supplements come into play. If you are looking to consume 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight it is very hard to eat 200 grams of protein a day in whole foods such as chicken or steaks and nobody wants to sit and chew through all of that.

I usually drink about 2 protein shakes a day, so that helps with about 100 grams of protein already, so the rest will come from chicken breasts, brown rice, eggs and other foods. With that all said though, protein supplements are definitely not a must when you want to build muscle. You can easily build muscle just by eating whole foods and making sure that you are consuming enough calories for muscle growth. I did not start supplementing with protein until a few years after I started working out and I still made great muscle gains from only eating protein rich foods.

A lot of guys that are starting out obsess about protein supplements thinking that it’s some magical potion that will make them gain muscle over night, but the truth is if you take one scoop of protein a day like most guys I see and expect to gain awesome results you will be disappointed.  Like I said, whether you take protein powder or are eating whole foods you need to meet a certain protein requirement to see results. So if you’re on a tight budget I would recommend you stick with whole foods like chicken, red meat, beans, eggs, etc. for your protein source. If you have a few dollars to spare, get yourself a high quality whey protein supplement and as long as you combine that with protein rich whole food and a good training plan,you can look forward to seeing some great results.

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John considers himself as a fitness enthusiast who loves to do anything to keep the body in peak physical performance (much like a highly tuned machine). He mainly focuses on sports nutrition and supplement research, but is also highly knowledgeable in relation to muscle growth and fat loss. He's helped numerous people over the years achieve the body that they've always wanted and hopes his information will guide you to the goals you want.

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