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The Best Protein Powder For Women

The Best Protein Powder For Women

When you think protein powders, you think bulky, toned, muscly men, right? It’s time to rethink, forget those connotations of the alfa-male gym hunk and remember ladies; protein is an essential part of your health, not just for muscular development.

So read on and check out our simple guide to the best protein powder for women

What Is Protein?

Made up of small building blocks, known as amino acids, protein is an essential macronutrient found in meat, eggs, cheese, pulses, legumes and vegetables. When broken down, protein presents itself as amino acids. Of these 20 different types of amino acids, 9 are essential, meaning our body cannot produce them and they must be ingested through the diet. Protein shakes are a great way of making sure you get your daily recommended intake of these essential nutrients.

Why Do We Need It?

Protein is incredibly important to our health, particularly within muscle growth and repair, brain health, immune system function and energy metabolism. Each time you exercise, you break down the tissues in your muscles, in order to repair them our bodies need a supply of amino acids. Once repaired, they grow back bigger and stronger. Without protein, your muscles will take longer to repair, and growth simply will not occur at the same rate.

How Much Do We Need?

As a general rule of thumb:

RDA for those not training: 0.8g/kgBW evenly space throughout the day.

If you’re training and looking to lose weight: 1.2-1.4g/kgBW evenly throughout the day with one 20g serving (protein shake) after training.

If you’re training and looking to maintain weight: 1.2-1.7g/kgBW evenly throughout the day with one 20g serving (protein shake) after training.

If you’re carrying out intense training such as a marathon: 4 x 20g/serving + pre bed 0.6kg/kgBW

*These intakes include meals so swap out a 20g serving for any one of the protein shakes below

 So which is the best source? Well that all depends on your goal..

 

For Energy

146 kcal/ 23g protein / 3.0g fat

Diet Whey Protein

Essentially taken from the whey part of cheese, diet whey protein is a classic for those wanting to increase muscle gains. With a higher protein content than plant based sources, diet whey also contains essential fatty acids, green tea extract, beta-glucans and instant oats which provide a source of energy, perfect for weight lifting, or resistance training.

 

For The Health Foodie

124 kcals/ 14.1g protein / 3.8g fat

Hemp Protein 

Taken from the raw hemp seed, hemp protein contains a whole host of essential nutrients designed to nourish the body whist contributing to growth and maintenance of muscle. It provides the body with not only amino acids, but also chlorophyll, magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium and essential fatty acids.

For Fat Loss

116 cals/ 27g protein / 0.2g fat

Pea Protein Isolate

Get your daily protein in powder form could save you a tonne of calories, namely those from carbohydrates and fat. Pea protein is a natural plant based source of protein which is gluten free, lactose-free and low in fat. Add 1 large 30g scoop to 150ml of water or milk for a post work out protein fix or to your morning porridge to keep your hunger pangs at bay until lunch.

 

For The Snackaholic

113 cals/ 20g protein / 1.5g fat

Vegan Protein Blend

If you’re someone who constantly likes to snack throughout the day, you might want to stick to vegan protein blend. Containing a unique formula of brown rice, Pea and Hemp protein, our Vegan Blend is a natural dairy-free alternative to traditional protein powders. It’s high protein content containing the branched chain amino acids Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine help to satisfy hunger cravings and increase feelings of satiety.

 

Take a look at the whole myvitamins protein range to find the protein fit for you!

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Charlotte Cliffe

Charlotte Cliffe

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