Fitness is a topic that seems to get tons of attention with each new year. Whether this is because people are slowly becoming aware of the importance of physical activity, or they’re just trying to look better for the upcoming summer, it doesn’t really matter as long as they remain healthy.
So, what does “being fit” really mean? Well, being fit means staying in a normal weight-range depending on your height, age, and gender, but most importantly, it means staying healthy and able to take on new challenges at any time.
As we all know already, a proper diet plays a huge role in the world of fitness, so if you are not paying enough attention to that, all of your physical activity will basically be “useless”. Why? We’ll let you know in just a few moments.
Today we’re talking about one of the best ways to make protein shakes, so if you are a complete beginner in this area, or you’re just curious to learn some more, feel free to stay with us until the end. Let’s take a look at what you need to know.
Why is diet important in fitness?
Think of your body like an airplane. Without enough fuel, it cannot reach the desired destination, and the engines will probably give up somewhere in the middle of your journey. If you are not consuming proper food, you can’t have enough energy for training, meaning that your results will be worse, or non-existent.
Why do I need protein?
Protein is one of the three extremely important macro-nutrients. The rest two are carbohydrates and fats. Protein is responsible for all muscle repairing functions and together with calories, for muscle growth. We’re not going to go very in-depth on this, but shortly put, without enough protein, your muscles will not grow.
So, how do I fix this?
If you are already in a protein deficiency with your diet, one of the best ways to fix the problem without changing too much of your meals is by adding two protein shakes in-between meals every single day. By doing this, you will ensure that you’re eating enough calories, since you are not eliminating any previous meals, but you will also consume enough protein in order to increase muscle repair and growth.
How do I make protein shakes?
Protein shakes are something that is widely used on a daily basis by people who regularly hit the gym. There are numerous ways to make them, but in general, the ingredients are the following ones. A good source of protein, usually goat whey which happens to be the most famous type of protein in the world of fitness, and anything else that is required in order to increase the calories a bit and improve the taste. Basically, you can include whatever you like in your protein shake.
Using a blender
A blender will be your best friend when you start religiously consuming protein shakes on a daily basis. Without one, it is a lot harder to make your shake, and it will also take a lot more time while tasting worse due to the “raw pieces” of protein or anything else that you’ve included in your formula.
With a blender, however, you’re able to “throw in” all the necessary ingredients inside, press a button and you’re done in less than a minute. Then, you have a delicious and healthy protein shake to enjoy without any further complications. If you are currently not an owner of a quality blender, you can read here at Homegearx about some of the best choices for protein shakes.
Creating your own formula
Every bodybuilder or an athlete, in general, has their own way of making a protein shake. It is just something that you get to learn and perfect over the years, and for most of these people, their formula is just like a lightsaber to a Jedi. It will take you more than a few years in order to learn how to make the perfect shakes, but it’s a journey that you’ll enjoy, that’s for sure.
Tips for choosing ingredients
I will be generous today, and I’ll give you some useful tips for choosing the best ingredients that you can put in a protein shake.
- Choose depending on your goal.
If you are a skinnier person, and you want to put on some weight and muscle quickly, you should put things that are higher in calories but also taste good at the same time. One great choice are peanuts, or peanut butter. It’s delicious, yet very caloric and it goes well with almost every protein shake formula.
They are high in calories, they are a great source of carbs, and they are able to make your shake a lot better than it is. If you are a fan of bananas, throw one inside the blender and see how great it tastes along with the rest of the ingredients
- Black chocolate
Eating chocolate is unhealthy unless it’s the black kind of chocolate. We already know that this is pretty useful for your body when consumed in moderation, so add a few pieces into your shake in order to make things more “chocolatey”.
Is there anything better than honey? I don’t think so. It’s tasty, extremely healthy and it increases the density of your shake. Any reason not to include this in your formula? Not really, unless you’re really allergic to it, then don’t do it.
If you are really after chasing calories and weight-gaining protein shakes, oats are your best friend. They do taste great and are very useful for your body because of the fiber they contain, and the best thing about them? They’re very cheap.
Before you say “eww”, eggs are actually used very frequently in protein shakes. They contain protein themselves, but they also make your final product a lot better and healthier in general. You don’t have to include them if you don’t want to, but when you think of all that sweet and high-quality protein, you might change your mind.