I want to let you know about the most important part of a fitness diet: protein. Protein can get expensive depending on where you buy and what you buy. There are different types of protein. The four main types are: low carbohydrate/low calorie, whey, high carbohydrate mass gainer, and casein. I will go into detail about these four and give you the pros and cons of each protein. Before I do that, I need to let you know the purpose of the four different kinds. A low calorie/low carbohydrate protein is for people who want to become leaner and lose body fat while getting fit. The whey protein is the most natural protein, it will have somewhere between 20-40 carbohydrates and will help you gain weight, but very slowly. A mass gainer will help you gain weight quicker. A lot of carbohydrates and a high protein powder will not only give you a large amount of protein, it will also give you a lot of carbohydrate to help the body grow. The last protein is casein, which is a slow digesting protein. This protein is perfect before bed since your body is going to be non-active for a longer period at a time. Now that we know what the purpose of each protein is, I will give you the pros and cons to each one as well as the one I recommend. Low Carbohydrate/ Low Calorie Pros: · Easy intake of protein to help you gain lean muscle while also losing body fat · Very cheap ($20-$40 for a 2 pound container) · You don’t take a lot at once so it is easier to consume · Larger assortment of flavors Cons: · Not very many good brands of this kind of protein · Not a good protein for people trying to gain or maintain weight Whey Protein Pros: · This protein will help you gain weight slowly, but surely · All natural protein (no creatine embedded in it) · The price is very cheap (2 pound container for $30) · There are a lot of different flavors to please anyone’s needs Cons: · Not a good protein for anyone trying to gain weight quickly · Not very many good brands for this protein Mass Gainer Pros: · A lot of calories · A lot of carbohydrates · There are a lot of brands for mass gainers · More and more flavors are being introduced · Easily take in a massive amount of protein in one sitting Cons: · This protein is expensive · Not a good protein for people that do not want to gain weight · Can be considered “unnatural” (creatine is usually embedded in the protein Casein Pros: · Great when large periods of non-activity is upcoming (i.e. sleeping) · There are a lot of flavors to fulfill everyone’s wants and needs Cons: · Very hard to mix and intake (some brands has a pudding like texture · Not a very good tasting protein · Small amount of calories · Small amount of carbohydrates · Moderate amount of protein All in all, depending on your fitness or lifestyle goal, there are many different proteins that would suit you. I have tried to give you my recommendations and reviews of different proteins. There are links under each recommendation so you can easily follow those links and do some more research yourself. AS you can tell, I prefer bodybuilding.com. They buy their products in bulk volumes, so their products are usually cheaper than most nutrition stores, like Complete Nutrition and GNC. I would recommend that you try to shy away from those stores because they are making money off commission, so they usually try to push their brands more and they tell you what you want to hear. I hope this helps you on your journey to become whoever you want to become, whether that be a healthy parent or a professional bodybuilder/power lifter.