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A quick guide to protein powder

Posted by Joe Wicks in Fitness

If you've never used protein powder before it can seem a bit scary and confusing at first, but it really doesn't need to be. Here's a quick guide explaining why getting some extra protein in your diet can help enhance your training.


A bit about protein

Protein is essential for the body, forming one of the three macronutrients (alongside fats and carbohydrates), and contributes largely to your daily calorie needs. These three macronutrients all play a vital role in helping us stay healthy, strong and lean. Much of your protein intake will come from your food and good sources include, fish, eggs, chicken and beef. If you’re vegetarian, protein is also found in tofu and Quorn.

Protein is a key macro that features consistently on my 90 Day SSS Plan on both training and rest days and it plays an important role in rebuilding and repairing muscle in your body. 

Protein is also essential for:

  • Maintaining structure and strength of cells
  • Regulating metabolism
  • Hormone production
  • Growth and repair of muscle tissue
  • Strengthening your immune system

So why should I use protein powder?

Rule number one: REAL FOOD BURNS FAT, NOT DUST! So when it comes to protein powder it should only be used alongside a good diet and not as a food replacement.   

You’ll have noticed that I use whey protein in some of my Lean In 15 recipes, such as my overnight oats or my post-workout banana pancakes. Whey protein is a great post-workout addition to your diet as it can help enhance performance and recovery when your body needs it the most. It’s a great way to give yourself an extra protein boost straight after a training session and it also reaches your muscles super fast! In fact, whey is one of the fastest digesting types of protein there is.

Although we do recommend a range of supplements to use alongside the 90 Day SSS Plan, these are all optional and if you choose not to use them, that's absolutely fine. You can still get great results with or without them.



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What protein powder do I use?

I get asked this one a lot on social media and it’s no surprise because there is so many different ones to choose from. Personally, I use Myprotein Impact Whey Protein and it comes in loads of different flavours. The chocolate brownie flavour tastes great in a bowl of oats and I like the vanilla in my pancakes. But it really is up to you which brand or flavours you prefer.


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About Joe Wicks

Joe Wicks is the online nutrition coach inspiring people all over the world to cook with his #Leanin15 video meals on Instagram. He is also transforming the lives of thousands of people with his tailored online nutrition plan, The 90 Day Shift, Shape & Sustain plan.

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