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Today, protein powder is a nutritional supplement staple for those looking to make fitness gains. During phases of intense exercise, muscle fibers are exhausted and take longer to recover. The soreness one feels the days following an intense workout are caused by the muscle fibers breaking down and entering the recovery process. Protein is an excellent aid to this process.
Many avid exercisers choose protein powder supplements due to its convenience in comparison to preparing foods high in protein such as meat, fish, eggs, and dairy. Another benefit of taking protein powder is that it can be taken as a meal replacement or added in addition to meals depending on the person’s fitness goals. The rule of thumb with protein is to take one gram of protein per pound of body weight. However, those looking to gain weight or mass should go above and beyond that on a daily basis. Since most protein shakes are low in fat and cholesterol, especially compared to many protein-rich foods, they offer a good option for those looking to gain lean muscle mass.
Protein tastes best mixed in a shaker bottle or blender with milk or a sports drink, such as Gatorade. However, water is the most common choice due to its convenience, and many powders taste great using just that.
Continue on to the next page to find out both when the best time of day to take protein is and what the best kind of protein to take is!
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