A week or so ago I got an direct message from a teenage follower on my Instagram account:
“Hey I’m going to GNC today after school to buy a new protein powder, is there a certain one you would recommend?”
I have about 3-4 brands off the top of my head that I could recommend to her. But because I didn’t know when she would be using it, I started asking questions. Her response was something like:
I’m trying to eat really healthy and exercise every day. I usually have a protein shake for breakfast, and I like to have them with my lunch. I’m looking for one that I could take before and after I work out…
My reaction was something like this:
Unless your health restricts you from eating whole foods (maybe you’re on a liquid diet from a recent surgery, I don’t know…) you should ALWAYS choose whole food over protein powder.
You get all your micro nutrients from whole foods which enables the body to absorb and utilize them better. Vitamins, minerals, fats, etc. all interact with each other. Some inhibit another from being absorbed, others help the body to absorb them.
So please, don’t make this mistake. It will hurt your transformation and stop you from achieving your goals!
Food > Protein Powder
Oh and by the way, she finally ended up directing me to the picture she originally sent me a picture of. It wasn’t even a protein powder, it was a picture of branched chained amino acids (BCAAs). Technically, yes an amino acid is a protein, but no it is not the same as protein powder. BCAAs are an incomplete protein. (See my protein powder post for help on this).
I’ll have something up for you guys soon about what BCAAs are and why I use them in my training!