Which Protein Powder is Best for You and What are CrossFit Athletes Using?

October 5, 2022 by
Photo Credit: Tracy Tucker

First and foremost, let’s start off by asking if you even need to start implementing a protein powder? Full transparency, no. Some people feel better getting all of their protein sources from real whole foods, such as beef, bison, chicken, pork, fish, eggs, etc. More so, the variety of protein you can get from intaking different real whole food types is important so you don’t create deficiencies of valuable nutrients. 

When I'm working with a client and determining if they should add in a protein shake, I start by looking at their food choices and the amount of calories they are consuming. For example, my client is someone consuming ~3,000-3,500+ calories a day, I can see a shake being very convenient, cost effective, and time saving. Especially with the amount of food they have to eat. However, for someone in the ~1,400-2,900 calorie range per day, I don’t believe it’s as challenging to get all your protein sources from real whole foods. 

Furthermore, even if you do fall within the lower calorie intake range, one shake a day can be helpful for someone just starting out with increasing their protein intake or help them better evenly distribute their protein intake because they are able to get about thirty grams of protein from a shake right after their workout every day. Regardless, whatever you can do successfully consistently is what is going to be best for you. Start there!

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