Everyone’s drinking protein shakes, or at least it seems like it. One of the most common questions from people weight training is “Do I need to drink protein shakes?“
The answer is not straightforward. It all depends on what your body needs.
Protein-rich foods like fish, chicken, red meat and eggs need a little preparation, making the ready-to-go protein snacks or drinks an easy alternative for the gym junkie on the go.
Whether or not you need to drink protein shakes actually depends if you need more protein in your diet? It depends on your level of activity, body type and diet.
Better Health Victoria recommends the following;
As a rough guide, the recommended dietary intake (RDI) for protein (measured in grams per kilogram of bodyweight) is:
0.75 g/kg for adult women
0.84 g/kg for adult men
Around 1 g/kg for pregnant and breastfeeding women, and for men and women over 70 years.
You may be surprised at how fast you reach your recommended dietary intake for protein simply by eating a well-balanced diet. Easily track your protein intake through My Fitness Pal app. If you find you are not recovering from your workouts quickly or want to build some muscle then you can use a protein shake or bar to help increase your daily intake.