To say the market for whey proteins is saturated would be an understatement. For beginners into supplementation, this might pose an overwhelming feat to find the right whey powder to suit your goals. You know you need protein, since it is the foundation to building muscles due to its ability to incite protein synthesis, and it also helps you recover after a trying session. Whey protein is also an effective dietary aid to help boost the number of proteins you consume a day, especially if you're gunning for a low-carb stretch.
Perhaps for those more experienced and looking for a change, the huge pool of information within each protein powder and competing opinions may also leave you hard-up for making the eventual switch.
There are a ton of resources on the internet championing one protein powder over another, but most of them aren't local. To help, we've compiled the four most popular protein powders available on the LiveFit Asia store, and broken down the key points of each so you can make an informed decision on which whey protein is best for you.
Price: $68 for 4lbs
Best Taken: First thing in the morning and between meals
Protein Count: 25g of Whey Protein Concentrate, Hydrolysates and Isolates, Egg Albumin and Micellar Casein
Flavours: Chocolate Milk, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cookies N Cream, Triple Berry, Vanilla
A mixture of fast and slow-digesting proteins makes this a powder that feeds your body for up to 8 hours. It also contains crucial BCAAs for optimal recovery, namely leucine, valine, isoleucine and glutamine. This is one for active fitness enthusiasts who are looking to increase their muscle gaining abilities, yet aren't familiar enough with slow-digesting proteins like casein to conduct a day/night supplementation routine. While the product does have a higher sodium count at 150mg per serving, it isn't too much of a concern if you're keeping hydrated and don't have major health concerns. Also, Combat is only 130 calories per serving, making it pretty low in comparison to others. This is also great to take if you're looking to lose weight while building muscle.
Price: $89 for 5lbs
Best Taken: Post-workout
Protein Count: 24g of Whey Protein Isolate and Whey Protein Concentrate
Flavours: Cookies & Cream, Extreme Milk Chocolate, Mocha Cappuccino and Delicious Strawberry
This is one of the top-selling products around the world for the last few decades and is the go-to product for many a gym junkie. It's available at practically every corner you turn, and has enough flavour variety to cater to different preferences. It has 24g of protein, which is the standard amount of protein per serving. Whey protein isolates are the main ingredient which is a purer form of whey, and it is absorbed far quicker than whey concentrate into your muscles. It creates a rapid insulin boost, making it an ideal post-workout shake. For those just starting out and want something that checks all the boxes, you can't go wrong with this choice. It also comes with 5.5g of BCAAs, which also helps prevent fatigue.
Price: $85 for 4lbs
Best Taken: Post-workout
Protein Count: 30g of whey protein isolate and whey protein concentrate
Flavours: Milk Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla
Nitro-Tech is an all-in-one muscle building formula that has topped the charts for years. In addition to protein sourced primarily from whey protein isolate for muscle recovery and growth, Nitro-Tech also includes high levels of BCAAs and Glutamine, plus Creatine Monohydrate which is clinically shown to boost strength gains. This potent combination of ingredients is great for beginners and experts alike who enjoy this mix in one convenient shake. As an advanced post-workout shake it is pretty hard to get beyond Nitro-Tech for its quality ingredients and great taste.
Price: $88 for 3.5lbs
Best Taken: First thing in the morning and Post-workout
Protein Count: 30g of whey protein isolate and hydrolyzed isolates
Flavours: Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla
This is the powder to go for if you're looking for a potent dose of ultra-pure proteins. Hydrolyzed whey protein isolates are pre-digested protein molecules that are rapidly absorb into your body than regular whey protein categories. It's an ideal post-workout supplement due to the fast absorption rate. It has only 2g of carbs and 1g of fat, making this protein a nutritionally sound option for those seriously counting macros. Because of the ultra-filtration process it goes through, it is also virtually free of lactose making it an excellent choice for those who are lactose sensitive but still need a protein powder to accelerate recovery and lean muscle growth.
For a more concise breakdown of all the protein powders in the LiveFit Asia store, see here.
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