Protein Powder is a Waste of Money (DUMB!)April 10, 2023
Protein powder is the most popular bodybuilding supplement on the market, but is it worth the money? In this video, I’m going to show you whether or not spending money on protein powders is worth it or if you would be better off getting your daily protein intake through whole foods and skipping the supplements.
There is no doubt that the complaint about protein supplement pricing is a common one. Some swear that not only is it not worth it but it is much easier to get everything your body needs with real food and you don’t need any supplements at all. That argument should start however with a revelation of how much protein your body needs to meet your specific goals.
There is plenty of research out there that says that the bare minimum amount of protein that needs to be consumed every day is about .3g per pound of bodyweight. This means that a 150lb person would require 50 grams of protein each day to remain healthy. That said, if building muscle is your goal then you are going to need a lot more than that.
Once training enters the equation the protein requirements jump up significantly to anywhere from .7g to 1.2g per pound of bodyweight. This is because weightlifting breaks down muscle tissue. It is only through the repair of the muscle through good nutrition that the muscles have a chance to grow back bigger and stronger. This is where protein becomes a vitally important part of your diet.
Opinions vary on the exact amount needed but it will fall within this given range and can be influenced by the amount of muscle you have already, your training experience and whether you are attempting to lean down or go through an unnecessary bulk. Where you get your protein from matters less than the fact that you actually get it each day.
Those that think that purchasing protein supplements is too expensive, will point to the value of whole foods. Perhaps now more than ever, the value just simply isn’t there. If you look at any of the common protein staples (whether they be meat or vegan friendly sources), the expense is just not much different than the cost of the protein obtained through protein supplements. Add in the fact that the convenience of the powders is often times much higher and therefore likely to be a more consistent way to ingest your protein, and you realize just how much value is in this alternative source.
In order to figure out the value of a protein source you want to use a simple math equation.
Take the price of the protein that you’re buying and divide it by the number of servings times the number of grams of protein in each serving. This will give you a more universal value of the price per gram of protein. When you apply this to things like chicken, ground beef, learn sirloin, salmon, peanut butter, tofu and lentils you see that all are within a few cents per gram of each other.
Add in the fact that not all of the non-meat choices are complete proteins. This means that eaten alone, they are not supplying all of the essential amino acids that your body needs and therefore require that you seek out other sources.
When it comes to whey protein, you also get another major bonus that many overlook. That is, with just 29 grams of whey protein powder you are going to get 3 grams of leucine. That is important. Science has shown that three grams is the amount of leucine that you need to stimulate the MTOR pathway that triggers muscle protein synthesis. Without this, the degree of muscle size you can build will be limited. Not only does whey trigger the threshold but it does so at a very calorie efficient cost.
Many other protein food sources provide just too many extra calories with it in the pursuit of meeting the 3g leucine threshold.
I realize that there are a lot of protein powder sources on the market. Be sure that you are getting one that not only has a good cost per gram but also doesn’t rely on cheap proteins to improve their numbers. Check the label and make sure that the leading source of protein is not whey protein concentrate. This is a quick indicator of a protein powder that doesn’t contain enough high quality protein and should therefore be avoided.
For a premium quality protein that hits the mark and also has an industry leading 30 grams of protein per serving (making it one of the best values on the market) be sure to head to athleanrx.com and check out my ATHLEAN-Rx brand supplements.
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