Ever wondered whether you should be drinking the protein shakes daily or not? If yes, which ones? There are so many of them in the market that one can easily get confused. People usually associate protein shakes with workouts. So, most of us have a doubt of whether we should have the protein shake on the non-workout days. I often come across this question, “should I have the protein shake even on the days I don’t work out?”
Here is my answer to the above question. Watch your protein intake throughout the day. If you are having protein with all your meals, chances are, you might not need the protein shake on the non-workout days. But you will need it on the workout days , unless you are looking to have good amount of protein in your food within the next hour as your breakfast / lunch / dinner. Protein is needed after workout for the repair and recovery of the muscles you just worked out. The reason protein shake is suggested as a post-workout snack is, it is a complete protein, easily digested and absorbed and gives you all the essential amino acids that your body needs to repair those muscles that you just worked out. Also, it is convenient for people to have the protein shake within one hour after finishing their workout. That way, they dont have to worry about what they will eat after their workout as the protein source.
For an individual, whey protein is the best choice, unless you are an athlete or a body builder, Why? Again, it has the highest biological value of 1 meaning it is a complete protein, easily absorbed into the system and gives you all the essential amino acids that your body needs. An athlete or a body builder might need different protein powder apart from whey but for normal healthy individuals who are looking to maintain or lose weight, whey protein is the best choice.
For vegetarians & vegans, protein shakes are a very good way of getting in protein in their diet. There is a very good plant protein shake that I tried. The company is PlantFusion and it is easy to digest and does not give you bloating or other stomach problems that an individual would otherwise encounter with some protein shakes.
So, be wise in making your decision regarding the protein intake as anything excess is going to be stored as fat in your body.