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Best Protein Powder(s) to lose weight & gain muscle?

Updated on December 8, 2013

The basics

Protein, Protein, Protein. The building blocks of our bodies, protein powder is where you want to start your weight losing, muscle building, beach body, body transformation.

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How much protein is 'Enough' protein? Multiple studies have been made, and pretty much across the board, for each pound of body weight you have, you'll need to consume between 1.5 - 2.0 grams of protein per day. Consuming protein in such high doses, has a huge impact on building muscle, and lots of it. Protein is broken down into various amino acids once it is consumed, these amino acids help repair your muscles, and make them bigger and stronger over time (consuming more protein speeds up this process).

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There are different types of protein that you can take, throughout the day at different times, to help maximize the potential gain of muscle. These proteins are; Whey, Casein, Whey Isolate, Hydrolysate, Soy protein and Milk protein isolates. These proteins work in different ways, and some are more beneficial for you at different times of the day. If you are looking to completely maximize the results from your protein, and build the most muscle you can, then read below!

Whey Concentrate

Lets start with the most common protein powder you can find, Whey concentrate. Whey is essentially the most basic form of protein. Whey is the cheaper, more common form of protein, while still being essential, you can usually find this protein everywhere you go, for a decent price. Why is the starting point for anyone wanting to increase their muscle, decrease weight due to the appetite suppressant properties when consuming protein shakes, and without decreasing the size of your wallet by much. Whey is a great protein to use when you are looking to build muscle at a steady pace, and feed your muscles once you start to lift weights or run.

Casein Protein

Moving on to Casein Protein. Casein protein is a form of protein that takes longer to break down. The best time to take Casein protein is before bed, this will cause your body to become anabolic through the night while you sleep, allowing your body to burn fat and rebuild muscle while you sleep. Casein takes up to 8 hours to break down in your body which allows you to utilize the nutrients while you are resting and dreaming about those big guns you will soon have! Casein protein shakes are also beneficial during the day for weight loss as well, as it keeps you full longer, and is low in calories and carbohydrates, this allows you to burn more calories than you take in, while having the protein as an energy source, all while you help rebuild your muscles.

Another beneficial use of Casein protein is its high Glutamine content, Glutamine helps speed recovery times and causes you to feel more energized and less muscles fatigued.

Whey Isolate Protein

Now to Whey 'Isolates' (Not concentrate). Whey isolate protein is usually more on the medium priced side of the protein scale, usually higher than its Whey concentrate counterpart. However, Whey isolates are one of the quickest absorbing proteins. Whey isolates are the best for 'Low carbohydrate' diets, due to the fact that they are usually very low in carbohydrate content, and sugar content.Isolates are great for directly after or before work outs, due to their fast absorbing qualities, you start to regain and recover fast by consuming the isolates.

Hydrolysate Protein

Hydrolysate proteins are the most expensive form of protein you can find on the market. However, it is the highest quality, and when it comes to protein powders, you get what you pay for. Hydrolysate has the highest absorption rate of all proteins, and has a very good anabolic rate which keeps you burning fat, building muscle, and keeping the muscle.

Soy Protein

Now we can move onto another common and cheaper protein, Soy Protein. If you are looking for a vegetarian protein replacement, Soy protein is the way to go. Soy protein is loaded with Glutamine, which means you are recovering and feeling better faster, Arganine, which helps your blood vessels to dilate and allows faster travel throughout your body. Soy protein also increases metabolic rate (the rate in which you burn fat cells)

Milk Protein

Milk proteins are next. Milk protein contains both Whey protein and Caesin protein. Milk protein is usually combined into a mixture of proteins such as a combination of Soy, and Caesin.

Obviously there are lots of different types of proteins, as stated above. This article is about Losing Weight AND Gaining Muscle at the same time. So, in order to accomplish this, the best way to go about it is to consume a few different types of proteins, can you guess which ones?

How to use Protein to lose weight?

Morning, Why isolate protein - Remember, Whey Isolates are fast absorbing, decently priced and works great with low-carb diets. That being said, drinking a protein shake in the mornings made with soy milk, skim milk , or water is a great way to start the day. This gives you energy to burn, allows your body to burn fat all while gaining muscle, and sticking to a low-carb & low-calorie diet plan!

Lunch,Whey concentrate - For lunch, consume Whey Concentrate shake, again either from soy milk, skim milk, almond milk (unsweetened), coconut milk (unsweetened), or water. This will keep you full unto dinner time, and allow you to once again, stick to a low-carb, low-calorie diet.

Nighttime; Now for dinner and before bed. Caesin protein is the best way to go. Caesin protein allows you to build muscle and burn fat while sleeping. Because of its long life while in your body, and its slow break down process, Caesin protein powder will continuously feed your body through the night until you are ready, once again in the mornings to consume more Whey Isolate Protein.

Keeping in mind, that the best way to lose weight is to excessive, if a protein regime is included your usual work out routine, then you will notice a huge impact on your body within 1-2 weeks and holding steady for up to 4 weeks. Sticking with the proteins outlined, means you will literally be able to gain muscle and lose weight due to low carb intake 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or however long you perform the diet for.

Substitutions can be made, of course. However protein bars are usually laced with unwanted carbohydrates and sugars. This renders a diet useless due to the negative effects caused by both when attempting to lose weight. The more muscle you build, the more you will burn fat cells due to the muscle demanding energy to stay alive. Keep up with this routine and you will end up slim, and ripped before you or anyone you know can realize what is going on.

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      Csight 7 weeks ago

      If you care more about your health And good functionality of your inner organs...rather than commercial induced visible biceps muscle myths from any proteín Powder or supplement. Then you know that All these extra proteín diets which includes rubbish chemicals as Well..wil not only put extra load on your kidneys, enlarge intestines but Will also cost you more... Fór good health a muscles thereis no need of extra diets, just reasonalble amount of hard training And food consisting of meat, rice, vegetables (no need of dairy AS Well) And plenty of Recovery And good sleep.. keep these basics in mind fór longevity and your body Will thanks you. Best regards,

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      Rodrigo carlos 12 months ago

      I enjoyed very much reading the article, but from personal experience, I can tell you that it is impossible to decide on what kind of protein will fit best just reading some article!

      Each and his metabolism, and only after a prolonged consumption of one type, it is possible to know whether this protein is appropriate.

      And of course not to negate a lot of supplements that will help progress towards his own goal!

      All those would wish to know some types of nutritional supplements you are welcome to read!

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      Great stuff to know

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      Dan 17 months ago

      This is a little on the half truth of proteins. Why concentrate is the cheapest because it has the least amount of protein, 70-80% and the most amount of filler. That's why it has higher sugar, fat and calorie content per serving. Isolates are more expensive because they have a higher protein content, over 90%.

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      Andy 2 years ago

      Great hub plese have check this site por proteine

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      Kiana 2 years ago

      Hello I'm a beginner in the protein powders and shakes. Just wondering what are the top powders for why isolate, whey, and casein. Please email at

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      hello i am zeeshan 2 years ago

      i ma male and i ma diabetic please suggest me what can i use proteins + fat reducer please tell me my e-mail add is

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      jojo 3 years ago

      Hello I'm a female and I would like to take proteins but idk which one .

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      Ken Williams 3 years ago

      Great hub! I swear by Kaizen naturals whey. It is hard to find most places though unfortunately.

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