For most people, a workout won’t be complete until they have gulped a protein shake before or after hitting the gym. But the increasing reliance on these diet shakes has raised some important questions. Is it better to rely solely on your gym equipment to get the body you want, or are you better off drinking protein diet shakes? There’s a benefit for each of them, so let’s take a look at each.
Advantages Of Gym Equipment’s
For the longest time, people who wanted to get ribbed had to rely on physically working for it. And if they had any help at all, it was by eating hefty, high calorie meals and sometimes pushing it down with detox teas. Note that at this time, the technology for making diet shakes either wasn’t popular, or just didn’t exist.
But of course eating heftily often had its own consequences, there was throwing up mid exercise, or feeling to fatigued or lethargic to actually exercise for long periods. And don’t forget the painful recovery periods. This disadvantages often led to people forgoing meals entirely before exercises – which again, has its own disadvantages.
To summarize, you need to physically exercise to get the muscles you want – and that’s where gym equipment’s come in. But until the 20th century, exercising usually meant working out on an empty belly, or eating too many calories just to get your protein requirement. And if you can’t eat that much then any injury during exercise (resulting in protein break down) means long recovery periods.
Why Protein Shakes Became Popular
Protein diet shakes become so widespread because of their obvious merits – they virtually solve all the problems with relying solely on physical equipment’s. By drinking protein shakes, you get the muscle growth properties before or after workouts without too many calorie intake so you won’t feel as nauseous as you would have if you’d eaten a ton of proteinous whole foods.
Furthermore, your body recovers from each workout or injury a lot faster because the fast acting protein in these shakes means damaged tissue are repaired immediately. If you relied on the protein from whole foods, your recovery period would be extended exponentially, from the time it takes your body to digest your meal to actually fixing worn tissue.
This isn’t to say that the protein in protein shakes are superior to protein from whole foods, just that during intense physical activities, your body would probably appreciate protein shakes more.
Are Protein Shakes More Effective than Gym Equipment’s?
That is, can you substitute gym equipment with protein shakes? As much as the answer should be a straight forward no, things are a little bit more complicated.
If you’re hoping to have a toned body, with well-defined muscles, then you can’t rely only on protein shakes, you have to hit the gym. If you just want to build lean muscle, or you’re trying to change your diet from unhealthy junks, then you could do that with a minimum of 15 grams of protein shakes per serving. But in no way are only diet shakes better than actually working out.
Some studies have shown that what really matters with regards to muscle building is whether or not you take sufficient protein during the day – not necessarily whether you took it before or after workouts. So you could get away with eating whole proteins foods, hours before working out (so the food has time to digest), and still develop the muscles you want in the gym. All without drinking any meal replacement shakes.
Why Taking Protein Shakes Matters
It takes a lot of commitment (and money) to be able to prepare the exact type of protein your body needs. Even though animal proteins are considered more superior to plant proteins, you need both of them daily. If you check your diet though, you probably already struggle with eating a balanced diet not to talk of a balanced protein diet.
That’s why protein shakes are so important. They combine different types of protein – whey, casein, pea, rice and sometimes soy protein. So they’re way more convenient to use.
Are Their Long Term Side Effects of Drinking Protein shakes?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a conclusive scientist position on the long term effects of protein shakes. Some studies claim that they could have effects on the kidney, but over the decades since protein shakes became so widespread, there haven’t been evidence to support this study, as professional athletes who rely on protein shakes have lived healthy happy lives with their kidneys intact.
Because of how expensive and time consuming it is to rely solely on whole foods that contain the right amount of protein, diet shakes and some detox teas are thought to be more effective in achieving various body goals. Besides it is possible to exercise without gym equipment’s (yoga?), but virtually impossible to get the body you want without a good protein diet.