I get this question a lot, surprisingly. The gym I train in has a supplement store. Twice a month someone asks me: "How do you use whey protein?"
I can't blame them. There is a lot of confusion about supplements.
The way you "use" whey protein is you eat it. Seriously. You "use" whey protein the exact same way that you use chicken, beef, fish, cottage cheese, eggs, or soy – it should be somewhere about 1/3 of every meal.
Yup, it's protein, just like chicken. Nothing more. Nothing less. There isn't anything magical about it. Sure you may have heard that whey protein digests fast, and casein digests slowly. So? You may have heard that your whey protein contains glutamine. So? For our purposes (fat loss), it's just another form of protein.
Typically, I eat whey protein when I'm too lazy to cook chicken or beef. Or when I'm in a time crunch, like breakfast. It's mostly for convenience. I like my clients to have some convenient food around, because life isn't perfect. Sometimes I don't have anything healthy prepared. Sometimes I don't have anything healthy to eat handy. Meal replacements come in real handy in those situations. Other times, I do have some carbs readily available, but I need to add some protein – protein shakes will come in real handy in that situation.
By Josh Hillis
Author of How To Lose The Stubborn Seven Pounds: Take Your Body from Good to Rockstar.
National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT) and Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM-PES),
and currently studing the Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM-CES)˚ credential.
Russian Kettlebell Challenge Certified Instructor (RKC)* and Combat Applications Specialist (RKC2/CAS)
*RKC certified 2004-2006, registered to recertify 2007
˚NASM-CES will be completed 2007
© Joshua Hillis 2007