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What is Whey Protein Isolate used for, and is it for me?

Have you ever wondered when you’re sipping on your Kettlebell Native Whey Protein what whey protein isolate is? Maybe you haven’t, and you just love that awesome flavour, but we bet some of you have.

Well, fellow protein lovers! Gather round as we tell you a little more about Whey Protein Isolates, and it affects on your incredible body.

Go on, tell us more about Whey Protein Isolate

We thought you’d never ask!

Whey Protein Isolate (WPI) is considered one of the purest forms of whey protein. It contains less fat and carbohydrates than the other popular types of powder, meaning you get more protein per gram with every scoop you consume.

It’s pretty amazing stuff. In fact, it’s been shown to have anti-cancer properties, the ability to lower cholesterol, help with blood pressure and cardiovascular disease plus much more.

WPI is a fast acting protein source, which means it is more available to be shuttled to your muscles when you need it. However, if you struggle with handling dairy, it may be advised to go for a hydrolysed isolate as it has been predigested and easier on your stomach.

Come-on, do protein shakes work?

Take a step back and ask yourself, what is a protein shake. Bar any additions of milk or other ingredients to change its macro-nutrient make-up; a protein shake is usually over 80% of pure protein, a similar makeup to a lean piece of chicken or steak.

So, perhaps switch the question around and say, does protein work? And, well, yes, it does.

You have to be aware that protein is one of the building blocks of our body and is vital for the maintenance of healthy muscle tissue.

However, be conscious that quality matters and that not all protein drinks are created using the same methods we do at Kettlebell Nutrition. A protein shake full of chemical nasties which you didn’t realise were added to bulk it up and flavour it artificially, could hurt your body.

Ok, but how many protein shakes should you drink a day?

You should ask yourself the following questions:

1) What are your fitness goals? Is it weight gain? Weight loss? Maintaining weight and keeping healthy?

2) Do you exercise regularly?

Studies have shown that consuming protein shakes led to a decrease in body fat while maintaining more lean muscle tissue. If this is your goal, then it’s worth taking note.

It’s also been argued that if you exercise more regularly, an increased amount of protein in your body immediately following a workout will help promote protein-muscle synthesis. Protein-muscle synthesis is when those precious proteins shuttle along to the broken down muscle tissues and help then rebuild and repair.

I like what I hear, can I use protein powder to lose weight?

Yes! But also, no. It does depend on what your fitness goals are. Protein powders should be treated just like any other food. If you overindulge in protein powder (and it’s hard not to when it can taste as good as our Native Whey Protein powder) and exceed the number of calories needed to maintain weight, then you could fall into the trap of gaining weight.

However, let’s put that argument to one side. Research has shown that high protein breakfasts have led to a decrease in overall calorie consumption for the remainder of the day. So, if you add a protein shake alongside your usual healthy breakfast, then you could see yourself less interested in reaching for a bagel for a mid-morning snack.

You see, protein works as an effective appetite suppressant. It’s been proven that the consumption of protein reduces levels of ghrelin, the hunger hormone. The next time you’re feeling hungry, and it’s in between meals, perhaps reach for a protein shake to curb that appetite.

In summary

WPI is pretty great. Its versatility makes it a protein source of convenience and can be used for many different fitness goals.

If you’ve never tried protein shakes before, perhaps have a look at our small tubs of Native Whey Protein and slowly start adding a shake or two into your healthy diet and track whether you see any results.

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