What Is Whey Protein?
Since whey protein is in a powdered form, it is very useful when you need a quick fix of protein. You will often need protein quickly after your weight lifting workouts to encourage protein synthesis. It is recommended that people eat something high in protein 0-30 minutes after their workout.
The reason for eating so soon after your workout is to inhibit the production of a catabolic hormone known as cortisol. Cortisol is a stress hormone which shuts down muscle growth. It increases in our body after we have used up a lot of energy and in order to prevent a build up of it; you need to refuel your body with calories. The easiest way of doing this is to have a whey protein shake as it takes literally no preparation time whatsoever and will be digested quicker than solid food.
It is also useful to have in the mornings. Your muscles will be craving for some more food in the mornings since most of the time you won’t have eaten since dinner. Having a protein shake prior to or alongside breakfast will satisfy your muscles quickly and allow them to continue to rebuild.
2. Useful Snack –
Bodybuilders ideally need to be eating something nutritious every few hours so that they can keep feeding their muscles and allow them to grow. It is time-consuming and difficult to eat so many meals throughout the day. Whey protein allows you to have a high protein snack very quickly and can feel less filling than solid food.
3. Immune System –
Whey protein contains an antioxidant called glutathione which is required for a healthy immune system. Whey can help athletes maintain a strong immune system as glutathione levels may be reduced by exercise and resistance training.
4. Weight Loss –
Whey protein can also help those who are trying to lose weight. If you choose a protein shake which is low in carbohydrates, it can be a useful method of having a low-calorie/low carb snack in between your meals.
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