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Protein Supplement FAQs and Myths

We regularly get asked questions about protein intake and supplementation, here’s a few of the most frequent questions answered.

Is protein whey only for bodybuilders?

Protein whey can be supplemented by anyone who doesn’t get sufficient amounts in their diet. Any sportsman or athlete may benefit from adding a protein supplement to their diet.

If I have whey protein and don’t train, will I get fat?

Not necessarily, it entirely depends on everything else your consuming. You have to eat an excess of calories to get fat or gain weight, if your shake doesn’t put you over your macro count you won’t get fat.

Can drinking protein shakes help me lose weight?

Yes, a protein whey or isolate more than likely contains less fat and carbs than a food with the equivalent amount of protein, so it’s a great way to get your protein intake up while keeping fats and carbs low.

How much protein can you absorb in one sitting?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions, research suggests 25-30g of protein in each sitting is enough to stimulate muscle repair, but it also depends how regularly you consume your protein and your body weight.

How much protein do I need each day?

It really depends on your goals and what you’re training for. The Daily Reference Intake recommends 0.8g per Kg of bodyweight. However, if you’re reading this you are probably a gym user trying to build muscle, if this is the case then you should be aiming for around 2.2g of protein per Kg of body weight. So for example somebody who weighs 80kg should be aiming for around 176g of protein per day.

Do I need to eat six meals a day to get enough protein?

Not really, this is a common misunderstanding. If we take into consideration that each protein serving should be up to 30g, and say for instance, that you’re aiming for 180g per day, then you wold need six 30g servings to hit your target. However, all six of these servings don’t need to be a meal, one or two could be shakes and another could be a protein rich snack.

Are protein supplements full of sugar?

Some protein supplements have a high sugar content, but higher quality ones such as those in the Empower Supplements range have less sugar and additives.

Can I get reach my daily protein goal from food alone?

Yes, you probably could, but you would have to eat a lot and protein from food sources is generally more expensive than from shakes.

Are protein shakes bad for your kidneys?

Assuming you currently have healthy and fully functioning kidneys, there’s nothing to suggest protein supplements would harm or put them under any more stress than a normal diet.

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