FAQs regarding Protein Powders!

FAQs regarding Protein Powders!


What’s the Best Protein Powder?

This one is a rabbit hole that can essentially never end depending on who you ask. Essentially, there isn’t one “Best Protein”. If there was it would make our job and lives a lot simpler as there would be one product on the shelf and that’s all people would buy because why would you buy an inferior protein? Essentially, the “Best Protein” is the protein powder that suits your goals, agrees with your stomach/digestion and you enjoy the taste of. If all these 3 areas are covered in your current protein, then you already have the “Best Protein”. If not, then reassess.


What’s the best tasting Protein Powders?

Ask this question on social media and watch the shitstorm ensue! This is something only you can really answer. It’s a question that we really hate been asked as we can’t know at all what your tastes are. The good thing is though that most brands nowadays are pretty good with their flavours because if they weren’t, they’d be out of business. We recommend most people to start off with a simple Chocolate or Vanilla as these flavours are pretty hard for companies to mess up.


What’s the lowest calorie Protein Powder?

Short answer, the one with the smallest serving size. If you have 2 Protein Powders with identical ingredients and serving size, due to nature and the way calories are, they will have the calorie value. Generally though, if you go for a protein powder that is Low Carbohydrate and Low Fat, they will all have roughly around 120-130 Calories per 30g serve so simply pick the one you like the taste of better.


What should I use Post-Workout?

This is another area for debate depending on who you ask. Our view is, essentially you can use any protein Post-Workout as any source of nutrition is better than nothing. If you wanted to use a specific protein source, we would recommend a Whey Protein Isolate due it’s fast and easy digestion rate and pair this with a fast-acting Carbohydrate source such as Maltodextrin or Dextrose.


Will my protein make me fat?

Your protein powder won’t single handedly put on fat, too many calories put on fat. If you’re gaining weight/fat your taking in too many calories overall from all food sources. Adjust overall intake to allow for the calories from the protein powder and you’ll be fine.


What is the best Meal Replacement Protein?  

Personally, we’re not a fan of Meal Replacement shakes. This is mainly due to the fact that nothing beats whole foods as a major source of nutrition. However, in our eyes there’s nothing wrong with substituting smaller meals or snacks with a protein shake. Pretty well any protein powder can be used as a smaller meal to help lower calories or curb appetite. If you were looking for an ideal product and assuming there are no digestion issues for protein, we would suggest something like BSN Syntha-6 Edge or Gen-Tec Macro Pro 7 due to the slower digesting protein sources.


What can I mix my Protein Powder in?

Whatever you want. It really is as simple as that. We’ve had people tell us they mix they’re shakes in everything from Milk to Pineapple Juice. You can mix your shake in any liquid. The one thing however to remember is that if you mix your shake up in anything other than water, you are going to change the Macronutrients in you shake so make sure to account for that. Manufacturers these days have gotten so much better with flavouring products though that virtually all brands taste great mixed in Water.  


I’m Lactose Intolerant, can I still use a Protein?

Absolutely! There are a variety of ways this issue can be solved for people with Lactose or general Digestive Issues. If it is just purely a Lactose issue then we would recommend trying a Whey Protein Isolate. Due to the extra filtration process and fast digesting nature of this protein source, WPIs contain very little lactose making them a great option for those with an intolerance.


However, what if you’re Dairy Intolerant? Fortunately for you there are now a number of Plant Based or Collagen based protein sources that contain ZERO Dairy sources that would be ideal for you. Plant based proteins are generally coming from Brown Rice or Pea Protein sources and the digestion on these products is great for those that have issues with Dairy. Same applies for Collagen.


Are Plant Protein Sources inferior to Whey Protein? 

Nope. Pretty simple. They’re just another source of Protein. There is a lot of arguments that occur with this and people always reference the Amino Acid profile compared to Whey Protein been incomplete. Simply though, they’re just different ratios and that doesn’t make it better or worse. Assuming you’re eating whole food protein sources along with a Plant Protein Powder, you should be fine.


My Protein Powder didn’t work, what should I try next?

Eat more. If your Protein Powder didn’t yield the results you were after that’s most likely from 2 factors, not training hard enough or not eating enough… Or both. Protein Powder is just a powdered food source that is an easy way to increase your daily protein intake. It’s no magic powder. If you’re not building more muscle or mass, you’re not eating or training hard enough. Increase the output in both these areas and your results will increase.


These are just a small amount of the questions we get asked on a daily basis. If there’s any questions you have regarding Proteins or any supplements in general, feel free to come in store and chat with our knowledgeable staff, shoot us an email at ausmuscle@adam.com.au or leave a comment below!






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