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What is the best protein powder to buy?

What is the best protein powder to buy?

Protein powder shakes are in my opinion probably the most important supplement there is, and it is basically one of just a few supplements that I use on daily basis. There does seem to be a fare amount of confusion surrounding Protein powders and this is mainly due to claims and information provided and published by supplement companies.

We have all been there. We walk into a supplement store and are faced with hundreds of choices. The guy working there is trying to make us buy the one where he is getting the highest commission on so his advice is probably not 100% reliable and with every company making the claim that their powder is the best for “fast results” it is no wonder that there is so much confusion about protein powders. In this articles though I want to provide you with non nonsense, straight forward advice so you can walk into any store and find a good quality protein powder without getting ripped off ever again.

In this article I will not talk about things like the advantages of taken protein powders, how much protein you should be taking for your goals, or even go into a crazy amount of detail about the chemical break down and productions stages of protein powders (believe me it will be a very long article if I had to.) We will just look at the actual facts of protein powders themselves: the most popular types and how to use them.

So let’s get started.

Now, if I had to name all the different types of protein powders it would probably become an article in itself, so instead we’ll look at the protein powders you should look for.

If you are looking for the most versatile, high quality and effective protein powder you should start by looking at Whey protein powder. The biggest problem is that you mainly get two kinds of Whey protein powders: Whey Isolate and Whey Concentrate. Whey Isolate is normally seen as the better choice due to the fact that is has a higher amount of actual protein per serving (90-95%.) Whey Concentrate on the other hand can have anything from 30 – 85% of actual protein per serving and it will normally come with more fillers (e.g., carbs, fats, etc…) to make up the rest of the calories.

For this reason most people go with Whey Isolate as you normally are guaranteed a good amount of quality protein per serving. It takes the guess work out of trying to find out how good the protein powder you are looking to buy really is. However, Isolate can be more expensive (some might say because it’s worth it) and if cost is a problem for you then there is nothing wrong with going the Concentrate route. In fact, if you do your homework you can find Whey Concentrate powders that are just as good (sometimes with extra benefits) as the Isolate version. For me personally, I do prefer Whey Protein Isolate and it is the protein supplement I use every single day. Like I said I won’t go into too much detail here but you can also start to look at how the supplements are developed.

The only other protein powder I will mention is Casein Protein powder. This is a slow releasing type protein powder and one you can use just before you go to bed or during the day. Be careful not to use this right before or after workouts as you should use a fast release protein supplement instead. To be totally honest, I just have a Whey Isolate in my supplement cupboard and at night I would eat something like low fat cottage cheese that also has casein protein in it.

5 things to consider before buying a protein powder

Now that you know what to look for (Whey Protein Isolate) lets quickly look at a few things you want to consider when you choose a brand.

Price: Normally when it comes to any kind of supplements you get what you pay for. but let’s face it, we all know that when a brand gets bigger and more famous they know they can add a few extra dollars for that name. So if money is not a problem just go into the shop, mention the things above, and ask for the best supplement they have. If money is problem, like for most of us, look around and ask for a supplement with the specific info above but maybe one without a brand name. Many small companies that are just starting out will have the highest quality product but try and keep the price down to make a name for themselves and get a foot into the market.

Purpose: If you want to add muscle then you might be looking for a supplement with a few more calories and more protein per serving. If you are looking to get lean and ripped you might want to look for a supplement with a very low amount of fat and carbs but still a high amount of Protein per serving.

Taste: This might sound like nothing important but I have literally thrown away tubs of protein powder because it just tastes so bad. If you are going to start using a protein powder regularly make sure you like the taste. Many companies will actually have samples so ask for a few samples and try them out first. This way you can make sure you buy something you will actually enjoy drinking.

Mixing: Make sure you check the mixing details and also how easy it mixes. For example, if you can just use a shaker and mix it anywhere it might be more versatile than something you have to mix with a blender because it just doesn’t mix easy. Also, this is not that common anymore, you could even get some powders where they will tell you to mix it with milk instead of water. Once again can become a problem if you are not at home all the time to mix your shake.

This should give you a nice short but powerful guide on what kind of protein powder to buy and use so that you don’t get ripped off again at you next visit to the supplement store!

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Comments

  1. Mario
    June 1, 2010
    10:20 pm

    Hallo Peter,

    Excellent Articlethank you very very much!!

    Best Regards,

    Mario

  2. peter
    June 1, 2010
    11:02 pm

    Hi Mario,

    I thought you might like it! :) Does that answer all your questions regarding protein powders?

    Peter

  3. Sharad Saxena
    June 2, 2010
    9:29 am

    Hi peter,

    once again excellent article:D …. NO BS straight to point :D

  4. Daniela
    June 2, 2010
    12:05 pm

    Hi, really enjoyed the article, facts are great and has made me much more aware of what i buy these days. thanks

  5. Mario
    June 2, 2010
    4:44 pm

    Hello Peter,

    Yes thanks :). Now I can buy the right protein.I heard of ProGrade Supplements that they are very good but you can buy this products in USA only I think.

    Regards,

    Mario

  6. peter
    June 2, 2010
    6:15 pm

    Yip, you will find many good Supplements. Don’t worry if you can’t find a so called BRAND name in your own country. I am currently using a local guy that has created his own, very small company that you would have never heard off and his stuff is THE BEST I have ever come across, including all the big brand names.

    Good luck!

    Peter

  7. Miqsh
    June 3, 2010
    10:31 am

    perfect, i will get one as soon as possible .. can i get them at any drugstores?

  8. peter
    June 3, 2010
    11:21 am

    You could. Just ask them. But health stores might be a better bet.

  9. Amy
    June 4, 2010
    7:34 pm

    Hi, really enjoyed the article, facts are great and has made me much more aware of what i buy these days. thanks

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    June 5, 2010
    5:16 pm

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  11. Nibin
    June 5, 2010
    5:18 pm

    Hi Peter,
    I cannot afford protein powder.So can I use cottage cheese as a substitution?

  12. peter
    June 6, 2010
    8:20 pm

    Well you can eat Cottage cheese but not before and after workouts as it has a slow release protein. You can also try eggs or even Milk but milk does have more carbs and sometimes fats.

  13. Nibin
    June 7, 2010
    2:19 am

    Is cottage cheese the best option after eggs and milk?

  14. peter
    June 7, 2010
    9:52 am

    It is not about best options, it is about whne you want to use it. Like I said Cottage cheese is good to use as a slow release protein and the other two for is faster protein..

  15. Masoud
    June 7, 2010
    10:49 pm

    Hey dude. Thanks for your info cause i already ripped off, of buy crap supplements that they’ve done nothing to me once again Thank you.

  16. jimmy
    June 10, 2010
    4:07 pm

    Peter,
    ur the best , thx man.

  17. Mark Vice
    June 12, 2010
    10:07 am

    Great post!

  18. Zach
    June 14, 2010
    4:18 am

    Peter,

    I use Whey Protein right after a workout but also use it one other time during the day just to add a little more protein to my diet. Besides taking it after a workout, when is the best time of day to take it? Like breakfast, lunch, dinner, before bed, etc.

    Thanks,
    Zach

  19. Bodybuilder
    June 14, 2010
    8:25 am

    I’m loving it

  20. peter
    June 14, 2010
    9:52 pm

    Hi Zach,

    Well it depends what your goal is. But the main times to take whey protein shakes are just as you wake up, before and after workouts and also just before you go to bed. This will make sure that even if you are on a weight loss program you won’t lose any muscle!

  21. Zah
    June 15, 2010
    4:25 am

    Peter,

    Thank you very much. I am not on a weight loss program Im on a gain muscle program lol but it still works either way. Thanks and keep the great info coming!!

  22. peter
    June 15, 2010
    8:48 am

    Hi Zah,

    Ok, then the times that I mentioned you should take protein powder are the LEAST you should do. Those 4 times of the day are vital to make sure you don’t lose muscle and also gain muscle. Good luck!

  23. Zah
    June 16, 2010
    2:06 am

    Peter

    WOW thank you. so much. I have only been taking it twice a day but will start adding 2 more times a day now. I am a skinny guy trying to gain muscle and didnt realize I should be taking it that much. But thank you so much I will start 4 times a day now!!

  24. bido
    June 20, 2010
    2:50 am

    hey peter i realley need ur help first of all the article is the best from the best
    but i hav a question if someone is going to loss weight and make my body lean and ripped
    how many time should i take the whey protine shakes and it is will going to help me or not iam at the bigining of this road so i need your help ???

  25. peter
    June 20, 2010
    10:06 am

    Give me some idea of where you are right now first of all? How much fat do you want to lose? Depending on your goals you will take protein powders in different ways.

  26. bido
    June 21, 2010
    1:36 am

    hello agien
    peter
    will iam 175 cm high and my weight between 73-76 kg i don’t always do sport so my body not ripped and first of all i need to loss weight and ripped my body very good after that i will start to gain big muscles. iam 20 years old
    so i hope that info good to you i really have around 1000 question so is there any ways to contact you ??
    thanks agien
    bido

  27. Carlos
    June 23, 2010
    1:20 am

    Hey Peter, I’m a fifteen year old boy (almost sixteen in three months) and I’m wondering if protein shakes are best for me or not. I want to gain some upperboday muscle and a six pack (currently working on it) ’cause I’m kinda skinny. If so, how much should I drink a day?

  28. peter
    June 23, 2010
    6:10 pm

    For now I would say just try and eat a bit more protein in the form of real food. In a few years you can start taking some supplements. Work on just getting your body stronger and eating right naturally for now.

  29. Carlos
    June 23, 2010
    6:26 pm

    Thanks! :)

  30. George
    June 24, 2010
    12:19 am

    Hey Peter,
    Similar question to “Bido”, where i am reasonably big at the moment weighing around 70-75kg and just under 6 foot. My question is should i work out train run etc and become a smaller size and then use protein to build myself up to a lean shape or should i just leap in taking it? also i have a worry when taking whey protein is there a minimum amount of exercise i should do i one day or else i’ll just gain fat? because i work in a large restaurant and walk around 20,000 steps a day and then train in the evening when i can be bothered and have time. Is this enough?

    Thanks George

    P.S. great article by the way.

  31. peter
    June 24, 2010
    9:31 pm

    Hi George,

    Ok let’s look at it everything step by step. First of all I would say you can go ahead and take protein shake, even if you want to get ripped. In fact it is a must as it will help in making sure you do not lose muscle. At least I would say take it right before and after workouts. On days that you don’t train, don’t take it, there is no reason too, especially if you want to get ripped. I have also worked in a restaurant in my days so know you can actually burn a lot of calories just walking around all night but I won’t consider this actual exercise so make sure you still go and do your workouts when you get home or maybe even before you go to work. Hope that helps let me know if you need any other info.

  32. peter
    June 24, 2010
    9:34 pm

    If you have any questions go to the Q&A page and there is a e-mail on the actual articles where you can ask anything you want.

  33. George
    June 25, 2010
    11:25 am

    thanks peter definitely makes more sense now! :D

  34. peter
    June 25, 2010
    4:16 pm

    Oh yes George,

    I forgot to answer the first part of your question! Sorry. Here it is now :)

    Whether you want to lose fat first and get ripped and see what you have before you start building muscle or build muscle first and then get ripped is really up to you. What I do with my clients is the following. If they are BIG time over weight like I was ( 100lbs over weight ) I get them to lose fat first and get ripped so we can see what kind ( how much ) of muscle they have before we start building muscle and getting bigger. We also want to restrict the calorie intake as much as possible so we don’t want to add any more calories through extra protein shakes or anything else if it’s not necessary. If someone is really skinny on the other hand, then I get going with muscle building right away and then at the end of the body transformation I will get him or her really ripped again. So I would look at each person as an individual and then decide how I want to do it. But one thing I can tell you, even if you skinny, six pack abs makes people over look many other things e.g. if you don’t have big arms or a huge chest etc so that is why I first go for those ripped abs and then I start building muscle. Remember one thing though! You can also lose fat and build muscle together, yip it’s a bit harder but one advanced is that the extra muscle you build also helps yo lose fat faster as it increased you base metabolic rate.

  35. George
    June 26, 2010
    9:08 pm

    WOW! Thanks man you obviously put quite a bit of thought and effort into that piece there, thank you makes sense i mean its what i had previously thought but i do find it very reassuring to hear it from a specialist. However i hadn’t realised that you meant to work on abs singularly before you begin on other muscle groups, i am now doing exercises every morning and evening and have taken your advice and after work today went to gym for a good hour session and had my whey protein shake before and after :D.
    Might as well take advantage of your knowledge and so i have one other question, i’m 19 weight and height said before, what time should i be doing for a plank ideally? i managed at my best fitness a couple months ago about 3 minutes but unfortunately after a motorbike accident etc i’m now down to only 1(ish) minute, is this good, bad etc?

  36. peter
    June 26, 2010
    9:47 pm

    3 minutes for plank is VERY good. One minute is not bad either but dont worry about things like this to much. The main thing is that you improve every time you do it, even if it is just 10 seconds at a time. Your core will be back and as strong as before in no time! Good luck

  37. Gorjan
    June 28, 2010
    1:43 pm

    Hi Peter, I’ve seen a couple of your videos, and I really liked the fact that you cover all the main aspects of the thing you’re discussing, and go straight to the point. I’m new to this website, and I was wondering If you could possibly help me by giving me some pointers on how to gain some weight but not in fat but in muscle. I’m 18 and starting to work out now, so any advice that you can give me will be more than welcomed, no matter if it’s about NUTRITION (obviously the thing I’m mostly worried about), exercises to do, almost everything that you can think of, that might help me. Write me an e-mail if you have the time. thanks upfront :)

  38. peter
    June 28, 2010
    4:07 pm

    Hi Gorjan,

    Next week I am going to write an article on this, so give me until then and I will provide you with the basics of starting to build some muscle! Is that ok?

  39. George
    June 28, 2010
    6:05 pm

    As always great info thanks.

  40. Stihlmotorsense
    June 29, 2010
    6:42 pm

    I just cant stop reading this. Its so cool, so full of information that I just didnt know. Im glad to see that people are actually writing about this issue in such a smart way, showing us all different sides to it. Youre a great blogger. Please keep it up. I cant wait to read whats next.

  41. Anirudh
    July 3, 2010
    1:01 pm

    Hi peter i’ve buyed a protien suppliment named ‘protinex’ it have nutrients as follows.

    ENERGY 350g
    PROTIEN 32g
    CARBOHYDATES 54.5g
    SUGAR 31.0g
    FAT 0.5g

    is this good suppliment? And how much i take it everyday? I’m 17yrs and naturlly things are not Working now. And i’m 56kgs… Please help!

  42. peter
    July 3, 2010
    4:01 pm

    Well this is not really a protein shake or supplement but meal replacement. It has a very high amount of carbs ( I don’t fully understand the sugar part but if that is the amount of carbs that are sugar then it is also a problem ) . So if you looking for a meal replacement then it might be worth using ( I can’t really say how good or bad it is without seeing all the info ) but as a protein shake it is not going to help.

  43. Anirudh
    July 3, 2010
    4:09 pm

    So how much gram should i take protien everyday?

  44. peter
    July 3, 2010
    4:52 pm

    That depends on your goals. If you want to build muscle you will take more then if you want to get ripped for example.

  45. Body Workout 101
    July 4, 2010
    1:17 am

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  46. Peter Lee
    July 6, 2010
    12:51 pm

    Hi :

    I have high blood cholesterol. I’m consuming the kind of protein powder(WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE) with cholesterol 30mg and sodium 60mg per scoop/serving. I’m a bit worried that this protein might not be suitable to me, what do you think? Are there any protein powder out there with zero cholesterol? If I continue to take my protein powder twice daily(morning & post workout respectively), that’s a total of 60mg of cholesterol and 120mg of sodium per day, too much of them isn’t it?

  47. Sam0416
    July 7, 2010
    8:44 pm

    Hi Peter,

    I am doing my work out at home. I walk about 6-8km and I do pushups, abs, cardio every other day. I was 102kg but i lost 3kg in 02 weeks. I am 5’11” and now 99kg. Still long way to go.My goal. Now I select my meals very carefully. I am more fucus about nutrients than size of the meal. Do you think should i go for a whey protien powder as well? Are these protien powders are good for weight/fat loss?

    Thanks a lot..!!

  48. peter
    July 7, 2010
    9:25 pm

    Taking a good protein powder will be good as it will help you hang on to any muscle you have. However if you are just starting out and you feeling ok and are eating correctly, feel free to go without the protein powder for a while. When I just started out I lost my first 20kgs without ever taking anything and only then did I start to take some supplements. So it’s not wrong, but don’t feel you NEED to take it or you will not succeed. Good luck!

  49. peter
    July 7, 2010
    9:28 pm

    Hi Peter,

    First of all I am not allowed to provide any medical advice as I am not a Doctor. So ask your Doc if it is too much or if it is ok. However I will say that I use a powder that has zero cholesterol in it and also less sodium then the powder your spoke about so maybe try and look around and find a powder that is also a little better as far as those two ingredients.

  50. Sam0416
    July 9, 2010
    1:07 am

    Thanks a lot for your advice. Ya I will go without any protein powder till i lose my first 10-15kgs.

    Cheers.

  51. Kai
    July 10, 2010
    7:51 pm

    Hey peter,
    I’m 16, 5’7 and growing, and considerably underweight
    my doctor recommended me to add protein shakes to my workout if I choose to build mass (im still pretty healthy for underweight)
    decided to start building muscle/ mass but don’t want to gain any fat while im at it.
    are there any products u would recommend for my purposes?

  52. Peter Lee
    July 11, 2010
    2:51 pm

    Hi :

    What do you think of Soy Protein? Is it good in terms of performance compare to Whey Protein? Have you ever tried soy protein powder before?

    Thanks.

    Peter Lee

  53. peter
    July 13, 2010
    11:35 pm

    Hi Lee,

    Soy Protein is a good alternative for anyone who has a problem with cow’s milk. Make sure you go for the Soy Isolate. One thing about Soy is that it does have a few really good health benefits compared to Whey.

  54. peter
    July 13, 2010
    11:43 pm

    There are many, but have a look at my protein article where I chat about how to choose a good protein shake. The main thing about gaining muscle without fat is to eat very clean and just enough to grow muscle but no more. However you will always add a few extra pounds when you start building muscle but it doesn’t have too much or even make you fat in any way. Good luck!

  55. Warren
    July 22, 2010
    6:19 pm

    Hello Peter

    The articles and videos that you have published have been very useful and well presented. I was wondering if you could help, I have used an all in one products in the past such as Cyclone from Maximuscle, my question is., is it better to use an all in one product or just use a Whey protein Isolate product to build size and muscle?

    At the moment, Im cycling about 90 – 100miles a week, my ultimate goal would be to tone (Lose excess body fat and then increase muscle size.

    I hope this makes sense…..

    KInd Regards

    Warren

  56. peter
    July 26, 2010
    3:38 pm

    Hi Warren,

    What you take as supplements will depend a lot on what you eating on daily basis as far as your real food. Cyclone is almost more of a meal replacement then an out and out protein powder and I personally prefer to use supplements just as that, Supplements to my normal diet and I never replace an actual meal with a supplement, I rather eat real food. So, the question is how are you using Cyclone right now? Are you using to replace meals or are you using as a protein supplement? If you are using it a meal replacement then it’s ok in the sense that it has carbs, protein and all the other extras like creatine etc. Also I am not 100% familiar with Cyclone so I don’t know if the carbs in it is in fact very simple carbs and so it is really just there to help transport all the other nutrients into the muscle. ANYWAY :) So if you want to build muscle and you eat real food already ( 5 to 6 meals per day ) then you really just need extra protein when you wake up, before and after workouts and before you go and sleep and an out and out protein powder might be better for you in that case. As you can see there are many things to look at and to take into consideration, but I hope this gave you some insight. Remember you also need to look at your workouts. If you want to build some muscle you might want to cut down on all the cardio you doing and replace that either weight training or shorter HIIT cardio as you will be using a lot of energy to do cardio you are currently doing, unless it is very slow in which case it is not that bad! Good luck!

  57. Warren
    July 26, 2010
    4:04 pm

    Peter

    THank you for the feedback.

    Cheers

  58. peter
    July 26, 2010
    4:31 pm

    Np, hope it helped!

  59. Feminissimo
    July 26, 2010
    8:19 pm

    I, envy you. Your blog is much better under the maintenance and design than mine. Who to you the design did?

  60. peter
    July 26, 2010
    9:45 pm

    Thanks, but I don’t really care about all that stuff, I mean as long as you provide good info and don’t try and rip people off by trying to sell them something every other day, then your blog serves a purpose in providing people with info that will help them live a better life and that is great! So whatever you are doing, just keep doing it! The more people out there providing good info on health and fitness, the better!

  61. abdulah
    July 30, 2010
    3:24 pm

    ur awesome cool pls give me ur email id or contact info to talk to u personelyy cause i got persoal problem cant revel over here

  62. peter
    August 1, 2010
    11:55 am

    Just use the e-mail function on the front page.

  63. Francisco
    August 1, 2010
    3:14 pm
  64. Phil
    August 6, 2010
    9:29 am

    Hey Peter,
    Thanks for a great website with easy to follow info.
    Ive been talking diet with my pt and while I seem to have a well balanced diet now he tells me protein is one thing people usually dont get enough of.
    He suggested using a protein supplement with every meal….this seems alot what are your thoughts? Im training 2-3 times a week
    cheers

  65. peter
    August 8, 2010
    5:20 pm

    WHAT?? A Protein supplement with every meal? Well first maybe I should ask what is your goal? But even if your goal is to build MASSIVE Muscle it is way better to eat REAL proper food and high quality sources of protein then just adding a shake. Remember what a protein shake is, it’s a supplement, so it should supplement good healthy meal plan, it should not become your food. So if you need more protein to reach your goals, eat more real food. Protein shakes are great as I have explained on this site but never take it with every meal, it really isn’t necessary and not worth it. So I don’t know your trainer but maybe he is on some kind of commission basis or are trying to sell you something that you don’t need. So yes, when you wake up, before and after workouts and maybe when you go sleep, take a protein supplement, but if you need more protein with your normal meals, EAT real food!

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    August 18, 2010
    5:13 am

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  67. Brown
    August 26, 2010
    1:50 am

    hey peter

    what do you say about abbott ensure? is this good nutrition? it comes in shake but in powder as well. it contains many supplements as well, other than proteins. if you suggest it i’d definitely buy this on.

    waiting for your reply

  68. peter
    August 26, 2010
    3:17 pm

    From what I can see it is more of a meal replacemnet type drink. I don’t really know it and I can’t find to much info on it. I think it depends what your goals are and why you want to drink it?

  69. Tonette Finey
    December 27, 2010
    6:27 am

    I know that everybody must say the same thing, but I just think that you put it in a way that everyone can understand.

  70. Sam0416
    February 8, 2011
    7:49 am

    Hi Peter,

    I posted my 1st question on 7th July 2010. And that time I was 99kg. Now I am 89kg. So I have lost about 10kgs during last 6-7months. And I started to take Whey protein from last week.But I have a small question. On the package it says ” Take 30g or 60g, 1 to 4 servings per day depending on your goal. I am 5’11′ tall and now 99kg,want to lose about another 8kg -10kg and want to build lean muscles too. So what do you think about my Whey protein intake? How many grms? How many servings per day? Best time to take? And I am doing a Home workout, three times per week.

    Cheers
    Sam

  71. peter
    February 8, 2011
    3:19 pm

    Sam,

    I take my protein shake 4 times per day. When I wake up I take a one full serving ( Around 30g ). Then before and after my workout ( Around 20g each time ) and then before I go to bed, around 30g again ). Apart from that I eat real food for the rest of my protein intake and I think the routine above is pretty much the most effective way of doing it. Well done on your weight loss far! Keep it up!

  72. Sam0416
    February 9, 2011
    5:03 am

    Hi Peter,

    Thanks a lot for your information.

    Cheers
    Sam

  73. Zakri
    June 28, 2011
    4:42 am

    hi Peter,
    if i want to be lean and ripped should i go for whey isolated protein or whey concentrated?

  74. peter
    June 28, 2011
    5:03 pm

    Whey isolate is normally better.

  75. Gregor
    July 20, 2011
    1:23 am

    hi peter,
    im trying to get more toned and ripped but still build muscle for playing rugby
    i train twice a week along with a game, i also try getting into the gym 2-3 times a week to do circuit training and weights training.
    i am using protein shakes but how often should i be taking to help this? and when?

  76. peter
    July 20, 2011
    9:43 am

    Protein shake is bes to take whne you wake up, before and after workouts and just before you go to sleep.

  77. Robert
    August 10, 2011
    2:56 pm

    Hi Peter, I love your website and I’ve read all your articles. I’ve been doing the 6weeksixpack challenge for 3 weeks now and because the summer holiday I’ve been going 6 days a week :-)

    I bought Creatine and Whey 3 weeks ago. The first week I had to take Creatine like 4 times a day to get used to it. First I take the Creatine, 30 minutes later the Whey (mixed with milk), than off to the gym.

    Still, I’m not sure if I’m doing it right, can you please tell me when is the best time to take both shakes. I’m so confused and I want the best result, it was very expensive so I don’t want to waste it.

    Thanks in advance for your reply!

  78. peter
    August 10, 2011
    8:34 pm

    Depending on what creatine you have you would normally take it 15 to 20min before your workouts. The same goes for your protein shake. Don’t use milk to mix it though, rather just use water.

  79. Richard
    August 27, 2011
    6:04 am

    Great artical I use a protein shake first thing in the morning and before and after a workout but at bedtime I use Glutamine powder is this as good as casien protein?The6 DVD and sixpack diet package are briliant I am just starting week three and feel realy great.The only small comment I would make on the DVD is when you are doing several exercises one after another I would find it a great help if you gave a 5 4 3 2 1 before the change over as I cannot watch the DVD and concentrate on the exercise form at the same time concequently I do not change over at the right time.AsI said this is a very miner point as with practise I know when the change is due.Keep up the good work and the tips comming. Best Regards Richard

  80. Charles
    September 4, 2011
    11:05 am

    Try and avoid whey protien suplements with artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose. These are considered carcinogenic. Rather souce a pure whey protein (isolate or concentrate) mixed for taste with cocoa powder. Keep those artificial sweeteners out of your body!

  81. Donald
    September 9, 2011
    11:10 am

    Hi Peter, I’m an amateur on proteins and would like to ask for your advice. I wanted to build ripped and lean look and right now i’m struggling between Dymatize Nutrition Elite Whey protein Isolate and Champion Nutrition Pure Whey Protein Stack. I can afford these as they’re pretty cheap for big buckets but I am not sure which one is more suitable and beneficial for fat loss and building lean muscle.

  82. peter
    September 11, 2011
    11:25 pm

    Search our site for best protein and you will find an article that shows you HOW TO pick the right protien supp for you.

  83. Ricky K.
    September 12, 2011
    5:30 am

    nice article I learned so much from choosing proteins! what about those that clumps or floats even after stirring/shaking? Are those proteins lower quality than easy to mix types?

  84. peter
    September 12, 2011
    2:59 pm

    Normally YES!

  85. Ricky K.
    September 12, 2011
    5:54 pm

    ahhh i see…i always thought it was because of the water temperature! thanks peter. now i know I should stick with the brand that doesn’t clump!

  86. Emmanuel
    September 13, 2011
    5:11 am

    hey peter. im taking ur 6 week 6 pack challenge and i realized week 4-6 workouts have the same structure but different ab workouts than week 1-3. after i saved the videos to my computer, thats when i had realized it but i had alrady deleted the emails,, and now im stuck..please help!!!

  87. peter
    September 13, 2011
    8:08 pm

    You are not stuck, you will be doing the same cardio workout.

  88. Emmanuel
    September 14, 2011
    11:57 pm

    so just keep doing the same workouts? but if im diong the same workouts wont i be plateauing ?

  89. linda g
    October 16, 2011
    7:36 am

    hi peter.my name is linda.im 71kg.heigh171cm.im trying to loss more weight loss another 15 kg.but im starting taking the hydro whey platinum.my question is.is that ok for me to take whey protein to get lean for my abs only.because i want get sixpack abs.i exercise everyday.for 1an half every day.cardio and focust on my core and do a bit load just lighter not heavy because i dont want get biger like body builder.need ur advice what the best i can do to get my abs sixpcak and how many time a day take the whey protein? tq somuch will apreciate for ur help:-)

  90. peter
    October 16, 2011
    8:53 am

    Protein supps as such wont help you lose fat. It will help you hang onto your muscle while you lose fat or help you build muscle.

  91. linda g
    October 17, 2011
    1:20 am

    did u mean i cant take it the whey protein now? or i have to lossing weigh first?

  92. peter
    October 18, 2011
    8:06 pm

    You can do both. I just informed you what protein does.

  93. Shauna
    December 14, 2011
    2:09 am

    What is the best brand of whey isolate? Give me a few please, thanks!

  94. Lenin
    December 8, 2012
    6:45 pm

    Hey Peter, about this topic I’m already on week4day6 and still have not taken any shake or supplement, I’ve got results but how much additional gains i’ll get if i start now taking some protein shakes?

  95. Ryan
    January 24, 2013
    4:44 am

    Hi Peter I am currently working out 7 times a week and eating healthy lean meals and 2 protein shakes a day before and straight after my workouts and I was wondering whether Its safe to workout everyday but training different muscles areas each day ?

  96. atul
    February 10, 2013
    9:37 pm

    Dear Peter,
    Does whey protin increase your weight?
    I am already 80 Kg and do not want to add more weight?
    Please guide.
    Atul

  97. amir
    February 11, 2013
    3:20 pm

    hi peter
    i was just wondering which protien powder to use if i want to lose weight and at the same time gain more muscle i am currently 16 and weigh 15 stones

  98. Harpreet
    March 14, 2013
    5:59 am

    I m the starter .. So should i go for isolated whey . Or something else suggest me thanks

  99. Nitin
    May 4, 2013
    4:08 am

    This is a very nice article.. I do watch your videos on YouTube as well and have included your tips in my regime.. Thanks!

  100. alan
    May 16, 2013
    8:12 am

    hey peter i bought a protein shake and it says in the label that i contain 52 g of protein per serving and i also read the ingredients and it says it contains ultra filtered whey concentrate and whey isolate and etc is it true or not because per serving 165 g (4 scoops) contains 52 g of protein can i believe on it or not???

  101. Monica
    May 19, 2013
    12:48 am

    Hi Peter !!!
    do you have any suggestions for protein shake for someone that is vegan ?
    big hug

  102. Anurag
    May 22, 2013
    5:36 am

    hey Peter, I m 174 cm and weigh around 85 kg, I am trying to loose fat and build some muscles. My workout plan includes cardio and weight training. I am not trying to become huge, rather achieve a toned and ripped body. A couple of weeks back I started taking Whey concenterate. My query is that should I continue with the concentrate or go for an isolate, besides, what are the times of the day that I should consume it. Right now I am taking only 30 gm a day, post workout.

  103. admin
    May 22, 2013
    6:23 am

    @Anurag – Isolate is better but depends on what you can afford. You can take half pre and post workout or as a protein substitute in your day

  104. admin
    May 22, 2013
    6:24 am

    @ Monica – check out your local health stores for brown rice, pea or hemp protein powders.

  105. admin
    May 22, 2013
    6:27 am

    @ Alan – can be, depends if manufacturers are reputable, but that is a lot for one serving.

  106. admin
    May 22, 2013
    6:27 am

    @ Nitin – thanks, enjoy!!

  107. admin
    May 22, 2013
    6:28 am

    @ Harpreet – concentrate is fine if you are just starting out – beware of too many carbs and fats per serving.

  108. admin
    May 22, 2013
    6:29 am

    @ Amir – check out your local stores – whey concentrate or isolate depending on what you can afford.

  109. admin
    May 22, 2013
    6:30 am

    @ Atul – only if your diet has an excess of calories, otherwise it is just a supplement

  110. admin
    May 22, 2013
    6:30 am

    @ Ryan – take a rest day once per week regardless

  111. Robert
    June 12, 2013
    12:37 am

    Hey Peter,

    I’m 15 and i’m not really sure if I should take much supplements,but I think they would help a lot.I see some of my friends who have six packs but are really lean and do barely any excerise or diet.I’m wondering how to get my results with a bigger but still fairly lean body and how much excercise to do per day,right now I only do ab excercises for 30 mins or more,is this enough?
    Best wishes from Ireland,
    Rob

  112. admin
    June 12, 2013
    6:21 am

    @ Robert – follow the muscle building advice on the site with Justin if size is your goal and consider whey protein.

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