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The Power of Protein: Which Protein Is the Best For You?

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.

Could the “Free Zone” Help You Stick to Your Diet?

By definition diets involve some mix of restrictions that, after the initial burst of determination wears off, can lead to feeling deprived, unsatisfied, and resentful – and ultimately to a “pity party for one” hosted by the refrigerator. It’s exactly that process that torpedoes the whole plan, time and again. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Because there’s a way you can drop-kick deprivation that actually motivates you to stay with the plan. It’s called the “Free Zone” Happily, it can tuck neatly into virtually any self-imposed diet. Those folks on commercial diets may want to check with the administrators about using this tasty technique. In this Zone we can eat whatever we want, and within reason as much as we want. Easy now, we still have to make some smart choices. First let’s look at possibilities for your Zone. It can be a time {first Sunday of the month?}, or a place {favorite restaurant?}, or a food {Mexican?}, or an occasion {birthday parties?}, or a recurring event {monthly lunch with your peeps?}, and so on. Timing is everything in making your selection. It should occur often enough to give you something within reach to look forward to, and yet infrequently enough so you don’t undo all your other good work. The example given for the “time” option already has that discipline built in. If it’s a fave restaurant, be very specific with yourself about how often you’ll go there. Say you decide you want to go all in at all birthday gatherings. If you have a large, extended family and lots of friends that love to party, that would not be a good choice. So maybe you narrow it down to just celebrations within the immediate family, and then you’re doing it right. So, what if your Zone occurs when you didn’t expect it – perhaps friends invite you to that selected restaurant when you’ve already hit your pre-determined quota? Go, and enjoy with the same smart choices you made before you knew anything about the Free Zone. You don’t want to abuse the concept because that is totally counterproductive to both your diet and this diet-saver. Rather look upon the Free Zone as a now and then reward for all the other times you’re sticking to the plan. And when your Zone does roll around, relax, enjoy, indulge without any guilt whatsoever. Tomorrow we’ll be good again, but today we’re zoned for being gleefully “bad.” So then, my Free Zone? Pizza! Since it doesn’t involve a multi-course meal or a multi-food party, I usually have it up to twice a month. And then savor it right to the point I head for the Tums.