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As a fitness professional who helps people get into the body they want, and the health they deserve so they can live life the way they want to, we often get asked a lot of questions.

One of the questions that comes up over and over would be, “Do I need to drink protein shakes to get in shape?”

While it is not a bad question, it is a bad “first” question.

Nobody really should be worried about if you need to drink a protein shake or not until you are able to focus on:

  1. Eliminate nutrient deficiency
  2. Eat the right portions for your goal
  3. Eat at the right times based on your lifestyle and schedule

 

Once they can focus on these 3 things, then we can discuss how we might possibly be able to use a protein shake to help them focus on those 3 things easier.

In the grand scheme of things, drinking a protein shake or not will not affect long term results.  But it is important for us to understand the effect of protein from a physiological standpoint so you know how your body can benefit from a disciplined approach to food.

Let’s see what happens when you have some protein before exercising:

Amazing, isn’t it?

Here is a bonus for you.  A complete protein rich meal 2 - 3 hours before your workout can look like this:

  1. 4 oz of grilled chicken
  2. 3 cups of grilled veggies
  3. ¼ cup of cooked brown rice
  4. 8 almonds

 

That would be an awesome balanced protein rich meal that could make a huge difference in your workout.

Make sure to get some good carbs into your system!  Carbs are extremely important to your long term success.

What are your favorite pre-workout meals?




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