It's not magic, and it doesn't work instantly. It's protein. You're not gonna see the results after using it for a day, or even a week. We know protein builds muscle. Protein supplements aren't a scam like 95 percent of the shit out there. Protein shouldn't even be referred to as a supplement, in the traditional sense. It's food. The other noted benefit of supplementing protein is the fact that, as it helps build muscle, it also speeds recovery.
Without really, really trying to, it's highly, highly unlikely anyone who actually works out hard and works out frequently gets enough protein without taking powder. Not to mention, even if they DO get enough in the day, are they taking it at the right time for maximum benefit, and are they eating the best kind.
I.E. casein protein, which many people refer to as the "bedtime" protein, as it globs up in your stomach and digests slower than whey, isn't optimal to take after a workout.
As for the effectiveness based on grams of protein per pound of bodyweight, people will say different things. The RDA value for protein is way, WAY low for anyone who is the least bit active. I'm not going to look them up, but you can google studies done by various (real) universities that did scientific testing on protein intake, which proves what basic medical science already knows: eating more protein helps build muscle faster and recover faster. The control groups were worse off than the people eating 2+grams a day of protein per pound of bodyweight.
Well, I agree with you there. You don't NEED protein powder, but it sure as hell makes things easier. I don't feel like making eggs or chicken every time I want or need some protein. And I'd rather slam back a 1/4 cup of milk and some chocolate whey (it actually tastes good) after a workout.
Thankfully, I'm not someone with lactose intolerance or otherwise has problems digesting it.
The only things I use are protein, creatine, multivitamin, and AEN IntraBolic. Intrabolic is just a drink powder with hydrolyzed whey, some amino acids, sodium, beta alanine, and some other common shit. I don't take any of those caffeine or stimulant workout drinks, or those questionably healthy prohormone bullshit supplements which are basically steroids but skirt the law until they're banned. Good diet + protein supplementation + creatine + vitamins = all you need.
I use Optimum Nutrition whey, double chocolate flavor. I've tried many, and most are shit. Double Chocolate actually tastes good in milk. The strawberry is nasty, chemical tasting. Cookies and Cream from ON wasn't "bad," banana was meh.
There are other brands people swear by for taste. Some are casein/whey combines, but I like pure whey better. Syntha-6 is popular for taste, but I'm pretty sure it's a casein/whey mix.
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