Protein shakes a yes or a no and what's the difference between the whey protein and regular protein shakes?
Regular protein shakes are most likely whey. No matter what your goals are whey can help. Go to bodybuilding.com I'm sure you'll find something the suits your needs.
I always like to 'whey' in (get it??!?! sorry) on this kind of topic...
Protein powders are heavily marketed and can be extremely useful for some people but my eyes were opened regarding WHY a person should drink protein shakes after reading a long list of research...
(1) You should try to get all your carbs/protein/fats from food. Why? Because food has a lot of other nutrients and the body burns calories trying to digest it
(2) You don't need to drink protein shakes if you only do cardio, and drinking them instead of eating food is only recommended if you are 'on the go' and don't have time to eat.
(3) You only need to drink them if you can't get all your proteins from food - this only really applies to people who train with weights.
(4) People forget that there are calories in them! Hell, in the mass gainer drinks you can have 300+ calories in one drink! NOT GOOD if you're trying to slim down. If you're tracking calories, read the label, you mught be drinking calories and totally ballsing up your diet!
I've tested this on myself and went without protein drinks for 6-8 weeks at the back end of last year. Instead I consumed all the protein I was meant to have. The result? well I didn't shrink away! I didn't actually see any noticeable difference at all, apart from it saving me money
Why do I drink protein shakes twice a day now?? Coz I can't eat them all as I'm buling this month! After this month I'll stop taking them again.
(here comes the disclaimer.....)
**I'm NO PROFESSIONAL!! This is just my opinion**
What Scotty....there are to many fad diets or workouts recommending there or an affiliates protein, using little or no research and what they have is took shoddy biased funded research and used it as a money spinner...
To the point I seen a comment from a guy saying he took protein for a month and didnt lose a single pound its madness.
For cardio its not needed to build muscle mass it usefull but most can achieve from good natural foods which is a better choice, as humans we have consumed them for millions of years and billions of years before humans Vs 50 years of refinded and processed protien powder.
To answer the difference there are different kinds of whey protein..they abosrb at different rates which is why a blend is usually better than just a standard powder, but the blend should contain whey isolate which is the best form of protien as it abosrbs quicker than the rest but the rest then absorb afterwards at different rates giving you longer lasting hit or protien ... You get what you pay for as its usually the most expensive! (Optimum Gold or Phd Pharma HT+ are imo the best)