A question I've been asked a few times recently is, "do I need to drink protein shakes?"
In short, the answer to do I 'NEED' to drink protein shakes is 'NO!’.
However, if you asked should I take protein shakes, the answer may well be 'it depends'.
So, here's 5 reasons you should drink protein shakes:
1. Super busy lifestyle
If you’re always on the go, adding a shake can be a really great way to ensure you get your daily requirement of protein. Some shakes may also offer greens, vitamins, minerals, etc.
2. Lose weight & muscle preservation
If you’re looking to lose weight, protein shakes are a great way to fill you up without using up all of your calories.
The additional protein also helps preserve muscle and ensure you’re losing fat.
3. Muscle Gain
Protein is key to supporting growth and recovery. Whether your aim is weight loss or lean muscle gain, a protein shake will definitely help support this.
4. Reduce Hunger
Protein not only takes longer to digest but burns more calories in the process. Eating protein is a great way to keep hunger at bay and avoid snacking.
5. Cost Saving
You need protein to build muscle, but steaks and chicken breasts are not cheap, especially not in large quantities. Adding a protein shake to your diet can help achieve your required protein intake without breaking the bank.
Some protein shakes often referred to as all-in-ones may also contain other ingredients such as carbohydrates, amino acids, creatine, magnesium, zinc and various vitamins. Assuming it’s a good quality reputable shake these can also be beneficial in ensuing you recipe the required intake of each macro and micro nutrient.
That said, I would always suggest that real food is the best option. Protein shakes offer convenience but they are not a substitute for a healthy balanced diet.
If it’s convenience you crave and it’s a protein shake or a rushed takeaway meal. A good quality all in-one shake, with as many natural ingredients as possible (e.g. Purition) may better aid your attempts at fat loss, but I would not recommend exchanging more than one small daily meal for a protein shake over real food.
What’s your opinion?