No whey. Yes Whey!

It’s time to forget about the misconceptions that are commonly held when one thinks of whey protein. For some people, they immediately think of a muscle-bound man in the gym grunting with every repetition only to finish his workout off with a protein shake full of whey to help him fuel his muscles.

Although we may laugh at those guys who chug their protein religiously after every workout, they are on the right track because protein is one of the body’s primary building blocks for skin, bone other tissues and of course, muscle.

So what are the basics of whey protein you may ask? Well for starters, whey protein is a protein that is found in milk and is fast absorbing. This type of protein stays in your body for a shorter period of time and is a good supplement after an intense workout session.

In addition, recent studies have shown that this type of protein is beneficial for those who are looking to lose weight.

When whey protein is used as a weight loss tool, one cannot solely rely on the supplement to help burn fat and achieve their goals. A major key in success is combining the protein with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Here are a few easy tips to introduce you to the fitness world or to kick-start your efforts to get back on track. For starters, exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. Add at least 30 minutes of resistance training three to four times per week. Resistance training can range from exercises using your body weight or the use of dumbbells.

As a side note, women are usually deathly afraid that if they pick up a weight in the gym that they will instantly turn into the female version of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ladies, lose that misconception because muscle helps to increase metabolism and helps you burn more calories, even when you aren’t at the gym.

Now where does the protein fit in? The best time to consume a protein shake is within 30 minutes of your workout to help with muscle growth and repair. You can also have a whey protein shake as a snack. When doing so, aim for a calorie controlled shake ranging from 100-200 calories per serving. Good luck and get fit!

–Maria Londino

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