The Beginner's Guide to Protein Shakes

Protein is the only macro nutrient needed by the body for the growth and development of muscle fibres and tissues, also known as the building blocks of muscle. Protein plays a large role and is responsible for various biochemical processes that occur in the body. When metabolised, this essential macro nutrient provides a series of unique functions, including being a vital fuel source and contributing to the growth and maintenance of lean muscle mass and the maintenance of bones.

During training, to optimise physical results and maximise the body’s recovery and health, an individually tailored diet is essential. This diet should be designed to serve an optimum ratio of all three macro nutrients: protein, carbohydrates and fat. To meet the body's protein demands, a quality protein powder can provide a convenient and efficient way to increase your protein intake. Our protein shakes are designed to assist a number of different goals and lifestyles, including fast absorbing shakes like whey protein, shakes designed to assist weight loss, diet whey protein and powders that can offer a sustained protein release throughout the day or night.

If you're new to sports nutrition and not quite sure what protein powders will benefit your fitness goals, we invite you to read our comprehensive beginners guide to protein shakes. Learn about all the different protein sources available, in addition to their specificities and the best time to take them. You’ll be able to understand how different protein shakes have their own characteristics and find out which ones will help you make the most of your nutrition.

Protein Shakes for Muscle Gain

Protein is the only macro nutrient that contributes to the growth and maintenance of muscle mass. By consuming protein regularly throughout the day, muscle tissues can be provided with both an immediate and sustained supply of amino acids to create and anabolic environment that can promote muscle growth. Choose from best selling Impact Whey Protein, Whey Isolate for ultimate lean gains or a calorie dense weight gainer such as Hard Gainer for sheer bulk.

Protein Shakes for Weight Loss

When losing weight protein is an essential macro nutrient required in the diet. Protein is known as the most filling nutrient, whereby protein shakes can be consumed throughout the day to reduce hunger cravings. By consuming protein shakes you can aid fat loss ambitions whilst maintaining muscle mass. Here at Myprotein we have developed a series of protein shakes to assist your weight loss goals, such as Impact Diet Whey and Whey Isolate, containing fewer calories and less fat, making these perfect to support weight loss goals.

Protein for Recovery

Recovery during training is vital for achieving physical goals and optimising your health. When it comes to recovery, in order to repair muscles a positive nitrogen balance is required- which can only be achieved through consuming adequate amounts protein through the diet. By consuming protein sources at regular intervals throughout the day, this acts to ensure that a proper nitrogen balance is attained and maintained for muscle repair- after all the faster your muscles repair, the faster you recover. Choose proteins such as Recovery XS, Bedtime Extreme or Milk Protein.

Protein Shakes for Women

Many women consider protein to be male orientated and associated with muscle mass. However, protein is an essential macro nutrient in the diet which has increasing importance for those physically active. In the body, women cannot physically produce enough of the hormone testosterone to build muscle mass in the same way as men. Here at Myprotein we have a series of protein shakes for women, including products that have been formulated to support female body composition and weight loss goals, such as True Diet. Check out our Protein shakes for women.

Whey Concentrate

Whey Concentrate has 82% protein content, is quickly absorbed, rich in amino acids and low in fat and lactose. The most widely used protein powder on the market today due to its quality and value for money, it's ideal for aiding the repair and regrowth of your muscles as it can be consumed any time of the day.

Hydrolysed Whey

Hydrolysed Whey is an advanced, rapidly absorbed protein which has undergone controlled enzyme treatment to ensure it reaches the muscles quicker than most other proteins. Best taken immediately after a workout when the body's need for protein is elevated, it's commonly used by serious trainers and athletes.

Whey Protein Isolate

Whey Isolate has an impressive 90% protein, cross-flow micro-filtrated to ensure it contains even less fat, cholesterol and lactose making it the perfect protein for anyone wanting to keep their fat percentage low whilst providing their body with a quality protein.

Micellar Casein Protein

Made from fresh skimmed milk, Micellar Casein Protein is a slow digesting source of protein that's ideal to be taken before bed as the protein synthesis is notably slower than most other proteins, drip feeding amino acids to the muscles throughout the night.

Vegan Protein

Choices of vegan protein include Hemp Protein, Pea Protein, Brown Rice Protein and Soy Protein. All are great alternatives for those who want to avoid dairy based proteins. With a full amino acid profile, a high protein content and lactose free, they are widely used by vegans and non vegans alike.

Protein Blends

Protein blends such as Total Protein contain different forms of protein combined in one convenient formula. Ideal for those wanting a varied rate of absorption, they comprise both a rapidly absorbed protein such as whey concentrate but with a prolonged absorption of a protein such as miscellar casein protein.

Night-Time Protein

Night-Time Protein is specifically formulated to provide the body with all the nutrients it needs to repair and regrow whilst you sleep since it's this period that scientists stress is of particular importance for those wanting to effectively recover from training.

Ready To Shake

Containing exactly the same premium ingredients as the larger protein powders, 'ready to shake' supplements have been precisely measured to contain the exact nutrients needed to fulfil a range of goals. Plus they conveniently fit into your gym bag and only require the addition of water to be consumed.

Meal Replacement Shakes

Precisely measured formula to ensure that all the nutrients you require from a meal are in one convenient shake. Choose from either MACRO:MEAL or Low Calorie Meal to provide you with the ultimate meal replacement with a tapered protein release blend, amino acids, carbs and essential fats.