Importance of Protein Shakes in Bodybuilding

In these days, it seems almost all bodybuilders taking in more protein in some form or another. Just walk around any local grocery store and you will find an assortment of protein-enriched cereals and even "high"-protein oatmeal. Whether the type of protein is whey, casein, soy or milk… it is all about one thing: protein.

One of the best ways to get the protein that your body requires is through foods. But I am sure most of the bodybuilders would agree, it’s not easy to fulfill all of their protein need through foods. It is become difficult when you are doing a full time job because you don’t have time to prepare meals, through which to get your protein. This is where protein shakes have their place. All you need is a quality whey protein powder a shaker bottle, and some water, and you'll always have enough protein at your fingertips to fuel your muscles.
Importance of Protein Shakes in Bodybuilding
Importance of Protein Shakes in Bodybuilding

Benefits of Protein Shakes

Do you think why all bodybuilders take protein shakes? Here are the benefits of protein shake.
  • Weight Management: Protein shakes enable you to control your fat and calorie intake, which is beneficial to weight management. Portion control is a major problem for many people, and since many protein powders have controlled portions of calories, fat, protein and carbohydrates, it makes your job easier.
  • Nutrient Intake: One of the main benefits of making and consuming protein shakes is the opportunity to add a multitude of other nutrients along with the protein powder. In one drink, you can enjoy the benefits of protein, frozen berries, flaxseed oil, aloe Vera gel, coconut oil, natural peanut butter, plus any other foods or supplements you may want. You will have to experiment so your additions don't make the shake unpalatable, but your options for added nutrition are abundant.
  • Proteins are also used to manufacture hormones, enzymes, cellular messengers, nucleic acids, and immune-system components.
  • Muscle Building: When you exercise, whether it is with resistance training or not, muscle tissues are torn and must be rebuilt for your muscles to develop, and protein shakes will help the rebuilding process, according to Straight Health. Drinking protein shakes enables you to control the amount of protein you are consuming, and since it is in liquid form it will enter your bloodstream faster and get to work.
  • Convenience: Trying to consume a high amount of quality protein through solid food can take a lot of preparation and be quite time-consuming. For those situations where you may be short on time, a protein shake offers the luxury of quality ingredients in a convenient package.


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Best Time to Take Protein Shakes

Best time to take protein shakes are after the workout so that the protein can be delivered to your muscles, to begin healing the "micro tears" (very small tears in the muscle tissue, caused by intense contraction of the muscle during workout) in the muscle.

How much protein do you need?

The minimum amount of protein that you should take in for building muscle is 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight (for instance, if you weigh 200 pounds than the minimum amount of protein you should take in is 200 grams of protein for muscle growth). Any additional protein that exceeds the daily minimum for muscle gain just helps to speed up the healing process.
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