If you’re reading this post, I’m sure you know how essential proper protein consumption is to a regular fitness schedule. I realize that protein powder is a touchy subject. One brand that works for some people may not work for other people. I’ll try my best in this guide to explain what to look for when you are shopping for the best protein powder supplement to suite your fitness goal.
When my cousin first started working out, he had no goal in mind. He started listening to a few of his friends’ fitness advices. The problem with this is, he heard many mixed advices from people with different fitness goals. He started taking what he thought was the best protein power for him. Because of that mistake he wasted many months working out and ended up not getting the results he wanted. Don’t let this happen to you. Without further ado, here are the best protein powders for post-workout recovery by common fitness goals.
Best Protein Powder by Fitness Goal
I train at moderate intensity for less than 1 hour per session. I want to lose weight by losing fat.
I train at moderate intensity for longer than 1 hour per session or train at high intensity every session (think P90X or Insanity). I want to get ripped by building lean muscle.
You should select a protein powder with 2:1 to 4:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio. For example, a protein powder with 40g of carbohydrate and 10g of protein has a 4:1 ratio. Since your long workout probably depleted most glycogen stored in your muscles, you should make use of the 1 hour post workout window for optimum glycogen re-uptake. Here are the top two protein powders with 4:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio:
- Endurox R4 (4:1 ratio)
- P90X Results and Recovery Formula (4:1 ratio)
I train at medium intensity (mostly low-rep lifting with ample rest between sets) and I want to gain muscle and gain weight.
You should choose a protein powder with higher calorie content. Look for something in the range of 500-1000 calories per 50g of protein (depending on how much you need to gain) with added creatine and L-Glutamine. Here are the top two weight gainers for people with super high metabolism:
Hopefully that should help you guys out a bit. Do let us know in the comments section if you have your own opinion of what the best protein shake powder is for your goal.