For some reason the idea of taking whey protein to supplement my protein intake always made sense. I didn’t balk paying $30 plus for a tub of powder as long as it came with promises of big muscles.
After all, why buy and eat powder when you can spend less on tasty chicken, steak, shrimp … or any of your favorite protein?
Well, I’ll tell you why.
While a tub of protein powder may seem expensive, when you calculate out the cost per gram of protein, buying meat is expensive. Let’s compare.
Assume a tub of whey protein costs $30. It has 20 servings. Each serving offers 25 grams of protein. That’s a total of 500 grams of protein for $30.
While that’s not the most expensive protein, it’s also not the cheapest – learn more about buying cheap whey protein here
Chicken costs about $5 per 40 grams. That’s $50 for 400 grams. Now whey protein isn’t looking all that bad, is it?
Also, whey supplements are super convenient for post-workout protein requirements.
I’m not suggesting that you rely 100% on whey or any type of supplements for your protein requirements. That would be ludicrous. What I’m suggesting is that paying for whey protein is a cost-effective and convenient way to supplement in order to consume extra protein at critical times such as after a workout.
Okay, I’d rather eat a steak smothered with peppercorn sauce. Who wouldn’t. Even a mocha frothy protein shake won’t come close to the taste of a well-cooked steak. But if you buy the right type of whey powder, it won’t taste bad. In fact, many taste quite good. I look forward to my daily shakes (sometimes I have 2). You can always add fruit and juice to berry flavored shakes. Add peanut butter and milk to the mocha/chocolate and vanilla flavored shakes. The sky really is the limit when it comes to making tasty shake conconctions. Don’t be shy.
Do you have to eat whey to build muscle?
Absolutely not. It’s only protein; it’s not some magical powder that sprouts muscles. Whey is for supplementation and convenience. That’s all. If you’re diligent and always have protein food ready for on-the-go, by all means carry on as you are.