For the budding bodybuilder, shopping for supplements can be like trying to read another language. Amino acid abbreviations are thrown around all over the place, and the sheer multitude of products available with varying effectiveness can easily become over whelming.
Every blog seems to suggest a different product, leaving you unsure where to buy from, what is the best value for money and which is the most effective supplement. Whey proteins are no exception to this, with pretty much every sporting outlet offering their own take on the supplement.
Popular choices include maximuscle, optimal nutrition and hench all being popular choices among beginners. From my own experiences, you can rule out maximuscle, all their adverts are skewed, with all their transformation pictures showing transformations achieved with intense personal training rather than supplements alone.
But which is the best whey protein powder and whats the point in it? This article aims to answer that question, not only in terms of results, but in terms of value for money and taste.
Why Whey Protein?
Whey protein shakes are the bodybuilder’s bread and butter.
They can be taken around three times a day, with morning, post workout and evening the optimal times to keep your body topped up with precious protein. For those that don’t already know, it’s recommended that your protein intake is roughly 2 grams per kilogram of weight you already are.
For example, I weigh 82kg, therefore to keep my body gaining and maintained I need to consume 164g of protein per day. The easiest way to do this is via whey protein shakes, if I take three of those a day then thats about 60g of my protein intake sorted already, with the rest easily achievable with a good diet.
The major advantage of whey protein is that it’s suitable to anybody looking to raise their protein intake, and can be taken at any time of day. The proteins contained help repair damaged muscles which in turn leads to great muscle cultivation potentials. To put it simply, if you’re looking to put on lean muscle mass, whey protein is going to be your best friend.
As well as supporting lean muscle gains, whey protein also has extensive health benefits. It’s incredibly low in fat, especially when combined with skimmed milk (0.1% fat), it has anti-cancerous properties, high cholesterol and lowers blood pressure reducing risk of cardiovascular disease.
So What is the Best Whey Protein Powder?
The front runners for the best whey protein powder are funnily enough the big brand names, optimum nutrition, hench and phd nutrition all running pretty much neck and neck. However, the front runner for me is found at MyProtein.
MyProtein offer a 100% premium grade whey protein guaranteeing 20g of protein per serving, as well as ample supply of all essential amino acids and 2g of leucine per serving. Their whey protein is as close to an all in one that you can get to, and is perfect for beginners and experienced bodybuilders alike. They also offer a deluxe option, that includes 3 type whey blend of whey concentrate, isolate and hydrolysed whey, giving an extensive protein profile per shake.
Where MyProtein have really nailed the whey protein powder, is in the taste. There’s and extensive range of flavours to choose from, each more delicious than the last. I myself am very partial to the strawberries and cream flavour, it’s quite literally awesome. Mixability is also spot on, with very little powder being left after a rigorous shaking, meaning value for money is maintained by lowering waste. At a very cost effective 5kg pouch, MyProtein is definitely leading the way in terms of whey protein powders.