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The Best Protein Powder for Women

Many companies claim to have the best protein powder for women. What’s really the best?

 

Most women are looking for a healthy protein powder with little-to-no carbs and fats, and there are many options.

Whey? Casein? Soy? Egg? Rice? Hemp? Pea? The list goes on and on.

Which is the best for women?

Well, the truth is there isn’t a single type of protein that is best for all women. They key is finding what is best for you.

In this article, I want to explore each of the above options and help you determine what will best fit your body and needs.

The Scoop on Whey Protein

Whey protein is by far the most popular type of protein supplement out there. You get a lot of protein per dollar spent, it tastes good, and its amino acid profile is particularly suited to muscle building (more in that in a second).

What is it, though?

Whey is a semi-clear, liquid byproduct of cheese production. After curdling and straining milk, whey is left over.

It used to be thrown away as waste, but it was discovered that it’s a complete protein, and is abundant in an amino acid known as leucine. Leucine is an essential amino acid that plays a key role in initiating protein synthesis.

When the world of sports nutrition caught onto this research, the whey protein supplement was born.

Whey protein can be taken anytime, but it’s particularly effective as a post-workout source of protein.Why? Because it’s rapidly digested, which causes a dramatic spike in amino acids in the blood (especially in leucine). This, in turn, stimulates more immediate muscle growth than slower-burning proteins.

So, whey is an all-around good choice for protein powder for men and women.

I should mention, however, that even if you’re not lactose intolerant, you can be allergic to the actual proteins found in cow’s milk. This is why some people don’t do well with highly refined forms of whey, such as isolate or hydrolysate, which have virtually all lactose removed.

If whey bothers your stomach, try a non-dairy alternative and you will be fine. My favorite non-diary protein is egg protein, but there are vegan options that work as well (we’ll get to them in a minute).

The Scoop on Casein Protein

Casein protein is probably second in popularity behind whey, and it’s also a protein found in milk.The curds that form as milk coagulates are casein.

Casein protein is digested slower than whey, causing a smaller spike in amino acids in the blood, but a steadier release over the course of several hours.

There’s an ongoing debate about whether supplementing with whey is better than casein for building muscle or vice versa, but here’s what most reputable experts agree on:

  • Due to its rapid digestion and abundance of leucine, a 30-40 gram serving of whey is probably your best choice for post-workout protein.
  • Due to its slow release of amino acids, casein is a great all-around protein supplement. While it may or may not be as optimal as whey for post-workout protein (the jury is still out on this), there is a growing body of evidence indicating that, when supplementing with powders, a slow-burning protein is the best overall choice for building muscle.
  • Casein is a good protein to have before you go to bed, which can help with muscle recovery.

Personally, I use whey in my post-workout meal, and then have a few scoops of egg protein (which is very slow burning) throughout the day to help hit my numbers. The reason I don’t use casein is my stomach starts to bother me if I eat too much dairy.

The Scoop on Egg Protein

Many people don’t even know that you can buy egg protein in a powder form. You can, and it’s a great source of protein.

It has three primary benefits:

  • It has a high “biological value. This is a measurement of how efficiently your body can actually utilize various forms of protein, and egg’s score varies based on the research, but is always at the top of the list. According to animal research, egg protein is similar to whey in its ability to stimulate muscle growth.
  • Egg protein is digested even slower than casein, which, as you know, means it results in a longer release of amino acids into the blood. This is conducive to overall muscle growth.
  • Because egg protein powders are made from the egg whites only, they have no fat, and very little carbohydrate.

The bottom line is egg protein is just a great all-around choice. It’s what I personally use for all supplementation needs (I really like Healthy n Fit’s product), besides my post-workout meal, in which I use whey protein.

The Scoop on Soy Protein

Soy protein is a mixed bag.

While research has shown it’s an all-round effective source of protein for building muscle, soy protein is a source of ongoing controversy, and especially for men.

According to some research, regular intake of soy foods has feminizing effects in men due to estrogen-like molecules found in soybeans called isoflavones.

For instance, a study conducted by Harvard University analyzed the semen of 99 men, and compared it against their soy and isoflavone intake during the 3 previous months. What they found is that both isoflavone and soy intake were associated with a reduction in sperm count. Men in the highest intake category of soy foods had, on average, 41 million sperm/ml less than men who did not eat soy foods.

On the other hand, a study conducted by the University of Guelph had 32 men eat low or high levels of isoflavones from soy protein for 57 days, and found that it didn’t affect semen quality. Furthermore, literature reviews like those conducted by Loma Linda University and St. Catherine University suggest that neither soy food nor isoflavones alter male hormone levels.

What gives, then?

Well, further research has indicated that there isn’t a simple answer just yet.

For instance, the effects can vary depending on the presence or absence of certain intestinal bacteria. These bacteria, which are present in 30-50% of people, metabolize an isoflavone in soy called daidzein into an estrogen-like hormone called equol.

In a study conducted by Peking University and published in 2011, researchers found that when equol-producing men ate high amounts of soy food for 3 days, their testosterone levels dropped and estrogen levels rose. These effects were not seen in women, regardless of equol production or lack thereof.

Related to this is a study conducted by Sungkyunkwan University, which found that in a high-estrogen environment, isoflavones suppressed estrogen production, and in a low-estrogen environment, they increased estrogen production.

Now, in the case of women, research has shown that it is less likely to negatively affect your hormones. There are other things to consider, however.

Research has shown that soy protein contains substances that inhibit the digestion of protein molecules and the absorption of other nutrients (antinutrients), as well as several known allergens.

While there is research that indicates soy might have special benefits for women such as reducing the risk of heart disease and breast cancer, other research casts doubt on these findings. And to the contrary, studies have shown that soy can even stimulate the growth of cancer cells.

Another issue that we have to deal with when we eat soy is the fact that the vast majority of soybeans grown in the States are genetically modified (91% according to government data).

The subject of genetically modified foods is incredibly heated, and too complex to fully address in this article (I will in a future article), but the safest bet at the moment is to avoid GM foods as much as possible until more research is done on the potential long-term health effects in humans.

Don’t let this scare you into completely avoiding soy protein, though. While women with breast cancer probably shouldn’t eat soy, there is no reason to fear a few servings of soy per week.

If you want to supplement with a protein powder several times per day, and would like to include soy, then I recommend you alternate with another source.

The Scoop on Other Vegan Proteins

Other sources of vegan protein, such as rice, hemp, and pea protein, are often demonized as being “incomplete” sources of protein.

That is, some “experts” claim that such proteins are missing essential amino acids that your body needs, and thus must be combined in special ways to form “complete” proteins.

This myth and the faulty research that spawned it was thoroughly debunked by MIT years ago, but it still lingers. All protein found in vegetables is “complete.” What is true, however, is that some forms of vegetable proteins are lower in certain amino acids than others, making certain sources better than others.

Three of the better, and more popular, types of vegan protein powders are rice, hemp, and pea protein. Here’s how they stack up:

It’s also worth noting that using a combination of rice and pea protein works especially well, as their combined amino acid profile is similar to whey protein’s. That’s why this combination is often called the “vegan’s whey protein.”

  • Hemp protein is the poorest choice of the three. While it has a great micronutrient profile, including omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, hemp is only about 30-50% protein by weight, whereas other options discussed in this article are 90-100%. Furthermore, the protein it does contain isn’t nearly as digestible as rice or pea protein, let alone animal products like whey, casein, or egg protein.

The reality is hemp should be viewed more as a whole food, and not a pure protein supplement.

Try Things Out, Mix and Match, and See What Works Best For You

I hope you now feel more confident in choosing a protein powder. What you should do is try several, or all, of the options given in this article and see which your body does best with.

As I said earlier, I found what works great for me is whey protein after my workouts, and egg protein for all other supplementation needs. With a bit of experimentation, you can find what works best for you as well.

 

What are your favorite types of protein powder? Did I forget something? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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  • Jenny Leadem

    Great article as always Mike! And it came at the perfect time, I am running low on casein and was considering switching to something else. I looovvee the taste and at first it was great. But now it’s started upsetting my stomach some nights. I’m not 100% sure what the trigger is. Some flavors seem to make it worse than others and the temperature I have it at seems to make a difference. But it’s the opposite of what you would think. If I drink it hot like coco it upsets me less than when it’s really cold. I used to have it with milk so I figured that might be it so I switched to soy milk then that started upsetting me worse so I might be allergic so soy protein is out(though I do fine with soy nuts and edamame go figure). But even with just water it still bothers me some nights. So right now egg protein at night is looking like the best choice. The benefits you listed in the article may have won me over. I just hope it doesn’t taste completely terrible.

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks Jenny!

      I’m the same with casein. You might just have a sensitivity to milk protein like me.

      Yeah egg is a good choice for a slow-burning protein. Or you can go with a food like 0% Greek yogurt (this doesn’t bother my stomach at all) or low-fat cottage cheese (ditto).

  • Paul

    What about spirulina?

    • Michael Matthews

      It’s actually a decent source of protein, but VERY expensive…

      I take 5 grams per day for its anti-inflammatory effects though. Good for joint health.

  • Jonathan

    Sorry, but egg protein is NOT digested slower than casein, its digested between 2-4 hours, and casein is digested between 4-7 hours. That study you linked to “egg is digested even slower than casein” says nothing about the rate of digestion of egg or casein, its about protein intake.

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks for the comment, but you should actually read full papers, not just abstracts.

      Here is the absorption data for egg protein:

      “The absorption of 25 g of 13C-, 15N-, and 2H-labeled egg protein, both cooked (C) and raw (R) were evaluated. Measurements of mean 13CO2 exhalation rate in breath after the ingestion continued for 6 h. The cumulative amount of administered dose of 13C recovered in breath over the 6-h period was 17.23 ± 0.69 g (68.92%) for (C) and 8.20 ± 0.94 g (32.8%) for (R), giving an estimated absorption rate of 2.9 g/h and 1.4 g/h respectively for cooked and raw egg proteins (43).”

      Absorption rates of 2.9g/h for cooked egg, and 1.4g/h for raw egg.

      Here’s the data on casein:

      “Absorption rates of “fast” and “slow” dietary proteins, whey (WP), and casein (CAS) respectively, provide an interesting contrast in protein absorption kinetics. In a study by Boirie et al. (38), subjects were fed 30 g (336 mmol N) of labeled whey protein (13C-WP), or 43 g (479 mmol N) of labeled casein protein (13C-CAS), with the same amount of dietary leucine (380 µmol/kg), where postprandial leucine balance is used as an index of protein deposition (39, 48). The rapid absorption of WP in the first 3 to 4 h accounted for the vast majority of amino acid absorption in the order of 8 to10 g/h and ~ 6.1 g/h for CAS. A second study involved the repeated consumption of 2.3 g of whey protein every 20 min (RPT-WP), (a rate of ~ 7g/h), to mimic slowly absorbed amino acids. This was compared to a 30 g protein meal of amino acids (AA). Estimated absorption rates were ~ 8 g/h and 6 g/h for AA and RPT-WP, respectively (39).”

      Absorption rate of 6.1 g/h for casein.

      Conclusion: egg protein is digested and absorbed slower than casein.

  • AC Kang

    Other things equal, I find casein runs a lot thicker than whey, and it keeps expanding inside the bottle if not drank right away, maybe that’s why it upsets some’s stomaches?

    • Michael Matthews

      Yeah it is a bit thicker than whey. I’m not sure if that affects its digestibility…

  • Mariana

    Great article!
    My stomach isn’t a fan of dairy, I bloat up like a pregnant woman, but I still take my ON Natural after my workout, and my favorite—egg protein! Healthy N Fit—with my last meal.
    What I found with a lot of soy protein, and it’s probably not with all of them, is that their sodium levels are like 123093409 high, too. I’m cheap, I’ll keep on bloating.

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks Mariana! I don’t do too well with dairy either. A little won’t bother me but if I go over 70 grams of whey per day, my stomach will get mad. I do the same–natty whey after training, egg otherwise.

      Ah good call on the sodium content of soy protein. I never use it so didn’t know. :)

  • Brandy Lassiter

    I have tried whey,soy, and egg….for some reason i gain weight with the whey and soy but not the egg……thanks for the information….I’m going back to the egg..

    • Michael Matthews

      That’s interesting. It’s most likely an intolerance that’s causing bloating/water retention. Egg is great. My favorite. :)

  • Helenm

    Am starting on six star protein smoothie is a veggie one, you think it will work after my workouts.

  • cestalyne

    I tried to leave a comment – dont’t know if it worked? Anyways! I am a woman and just bought this: http://www.amazon.com/CytoSport-makers-Muscle-Milk-Chocolate/dp/B003U0FFCU they whey stuff from cytosport and I know it is part concentrate and part isolate – do you think that one is okay or should I return it and just get the gold standard whey? I work out 1 hour a day 5 times a week for reference. Thanks so much! Great site with lots of great research to back it.

    • Michael Matthews

      Honestly I’m not a fan of Muscle Milk because a) it upsets my stomach and b) it has a ton of chemicals and other un-pronouncables in it. I prefer a cleaner product with only a few ingredients.

      That’s me though…

      Thanks on the site! I’m really glad you like it. :)

  • Tascha

    What do you think about raw fit?

    • Michael Matthews

      Actually looks like a good product. I would use it.

  • Tanya

    Hiya! Healthy N Fit Egg White Protein or Jay Robb Egg White Protein (chocolate)? Have you tried both and if so which do you prefer?

    • Michael Matthews

      I like HnF simply because JR is really expensive and I don’t like the taste.

      • Tanya

        Thanks so much for your reply. Will have to give HnF a go, my stomach reacts badly to whey.

        • Michael Matthews

          YW! Lemme know how you like it. Whey bothers my stomach at a point too.

  • Sebastian

    What happened to your line of products? When will you make it available for purchase?

    • Michael Matthews

      We’re still working away on them! The website will go live next week, so keep an eye out! (I wanted to launch this week but we still have a lot of little details to wrap up first…)

  • Anna

    Hi Mike! Another great article. I still breastfeed my 19 months old girl, do you think that there is a problem to use whey protein powder? Thanks

  • Anna

    Great article again Mike! I’m still breastfeeding my 19 months old baby daughter, do you think that there is any problem to take whey protein powder? Thanks

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks! I don’t see any reason why would be an issue. Whey protein is added to many baby formulas.

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  • Hala

    What would you say is the best whey protein brand for a female?

    • Michael Matthews

      Here’s what I like:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /recommendations/supplement-recommendations/protein-supplements/optimum-nutrition-100-whey-gold-standard/

  • Derrek

    Have you found as pea and brown rice protein mixture that you like?

    • Michael Matthews

      Yeah I like the Sunwarrior product I recommend here on the site:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /recommendations/supplement-recommendations/protein-supplements/sunwarrior-raw-vegan-protein-powder/

  • Derrek

    *spirulina sry.

    • Michael Matthews

      I don’t like spirulina as a protein supplement. Its protein by weight is just too low. It’s a great supplement for general health though:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /recommendations/supplement-recommendations/joint-supplements/now-foods-spirulina/

  • Alexandra

    Great article! What are your favorite brands? and can I mix in some egg protein with Casien? I want to start working out and have been thinking about buying a protein powder, I figured it can only do good to my body and this article has def helped.

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks!

      Here are my faves:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /recommendations/supplement-recommendations/protein-supplements/

      Yes you can mix egg and casein if you’d like.

  • Lils✌

    Thanks so much for the info! What do you think about Lean1?

    • Michael Matthews

      You’re welcome! Lean 1 looks okay for a meal replacement type shake.

  • Simmi

    Hi Mike,

    I just want to know about a good product for me coz i am working out from last two years but i don’t starts having any protein supplement can u please guide me?

    • Michael Matthews

      Sure. I like whey for pre- and post-workout shakes, and otherwise I like egg. Here’s what I’m currently using:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /recommendations/supplement-recommendations/protein-supplements/optimum-nutrition-100-whey-gold-standard/

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /recommendations/supplement-recommendations/protein-supplements/healthy-n-fit-100-egg-protein/

  • Chelsea Sawyer

    Although hemp protein is the poorest of the three, still a lot of people want to consume it, most especially the athletes. This was actually emphasize by http://www.hempstore.com.au/

  • Nina

    Diet Dessert-Milk Shake Bar-Ice Cream Sandwhich flavor! It is a whey protein that has great flavors and only has 120 calories, low carb and tastes great and I mix with 1/2 cup of almond milk and water, ice!!! Really good…

    • Michael Matthews

      Sounds delicious. :)

  • Ro Ro

    I am 32 year old cancer patient who has been given the green light from my doctors to lose weight. I am looking to get to my healthy weight of 150 lbs. I am going to begin juicing along with a healthy diet, cutting out red meat (maybe once or twice a year), two day training with my a local MMA fighter personal trainer I am now 190 lbs. and my question is what is the best protein powder for jucing and meal replacements for woman and cancer patients? I was looking at the whey protein isolate ISOFLEX…any thoughts or recommendations?

    • Ro Ro

      correction: red meat is once or twice a month not a year whoa that would be insane for me at least lol

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks for writing! Cool on your plans to get to your healthy weight. I would go with one of these products:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /recommendations/supplement-recommendations/protein-supplements/healthy-n-fit-100-egg-protein/

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /recommendations/supplement-recommendations/protein-supplements/sunwarrior-raw-vegan-protein-powder/

      What do you think?

    • Shirley B. Stone

      Optimum Nutrition rocks.I have been a user of Optimum Nutrition’s protein powders for many years. They usually have a good flavor, and mix well. I used to really like the dutch chocolate flavor of their “pro complex” formulation, since the early 90′s or so.

      More info: http://ibookmarkedit.com/optimum-nutrition-100-whey-gold-standard-double-rich-chocolate-5-pound/

    • Russ Vanover

      According to the book The China Study a diet with high amounts of Casein cause cancer to grow….I’d go pea/rice if I were u

  • Vikie

    Mike,

    What country does the rice come from for the Sunwarrior protein powder? Where is it processed? Thanks.

    • Michael Matthews

      I’m actually not sure Vikie. Shoot them an email though and I’ll sure they’ll answer you!

  • Gabriela

    great article … thanks for talking about vegan options ;)

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks! :)

  • Indira

    Great article. What is your take on the Arbonne protein mix? https://www.arbonne.com/shop_online/showitem.asp?ProductId=2069

    Also which protein mix is more natural than processed? Would it be the whey?

    • Michael Matthews

      Hmm slick marketing but no real product information. Not sure…

      All protein powders are fairly processed, which is just part of creating it. Not all forms of processing are bad though. Not sure which form is least processed, but all discussed in this article are healthy.

  • Sarah

    Hi Mike!

    Good information! I just wanted to comment on one thing.

    You said : “Fortunately for women, however, you don’t have to worry about how soy might affect your hormones”.

    I would say that this is debatable. There was a time I tried to switch to soy milk instead of regular milk, and used tofu, in modest amounts, in my diet. What I found is that I have to use soy in a VERY limited quantity as regular or semi-regular intake of it promotes hormone imbalance in me (I’m a woman), throws off my regular 28 day cycle, makes me suffer through all of my PMS symptoms throughout the month and not just once a month, gives me an immense amount of pimples and also makes me feel lethargic.

    I could just be an anomaly in this case, but because it messed with my hormones rather than anything else, I would say that it may affect women negatively as well!

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks for commenting Sarah! That’s interesting it affected you like that because the research I’ve seen concludes that soy only has benefits for women.

      But that’s the story of soy–there’s quite a bit of research that says it’s great, but a LOT of people that don’t do well with it.

  • ba ba

    hello mike
    i want to gain weight i am 45 kg 27 year old . I’m still breastfeeding my 18 months old baby daughter what will u suggest ?

    • Michael Matthews

      Hi!

      Cool on your weight and goal. If you can start lifting weights, that will be the best way to go about it.

      Lemme know if that’s possible!

      Mike

  • Sháüri

    Mike…I am looking for a iso whey that is safe and free of dairy, nuts, no egg if possible and celiac friendly. With taste:-)
    Is this possible? ¿
    I am a cancer survivor and lifer, running in ultra marathons and 60 k walks, 5-6 days at gym with my trainer. What do you suggest is best and also great for staying lean!”NO BULKING”, And a alternative for a supplement/ pre n post workouts/ all the in betweens you suggest:)?¿
    Plus looking for a great electrolyte drink for workout snd running.
    Thank you in advance~ Sháüri:)

    • Michael Matthews

      Well whey comes from dairy so that won’t work. But if you want a no-dairy, no-egg protein, check this out:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /recommendations/supplement-recommendations/protein-supplements/sunwarrior-raw-vegan-protein-powder/

      Wow great job on beating cancer and that’s an intense cardio schedule.

      For staying lean, regular weightlifting with some cardio and regulating caloric intake is all it takes.

      Not sure on an electrolyte drink…

  • Carl

    Great article, Mike. My wife (37 years old) is a cancer patient, and has lost far too much weight and muscle volume. What type of protein powder would you recommend to get her muscle volume back, to take both after exercise and just as part of a nice strawberry smoothie? Thanks.

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks Carl! I’m sorry to hear that about your wife.

      Really any of the options given in this article will work. I like whey most for pre- and post-workout though, and egg otherwise.

  • Shuchita Sonalika

    Hi Mike, thanks for sharing. So much info out there on this is overwhelming, really. Any thoughts on Vega sport performance protein. A friendgot me that but I’m a little skeptical to begin. My goal is to lose about 20 lbs, for which I’m doing a diet but also concerned about getting proper nutrition.

  • Shuchita Sonalika

    Hi Mike, thanks a lot for sharing. So much info out there on this is overwhelming, really. Any thoughts on Vega sport performance protein? A friend got me this for me but I’m a little skeptical to begin. My goal is to lose about 20 lbs, for which I’m doing a diet but also concerned about getting proper nutrition.

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks! Glad you liked it.

      This is a good product–it’s a pea and brown rice blend.

      Hope your diet goes well!

  • Wendy

    It’s refreshing to read an unbiased, science-based recommendation. No hidden agenda here! Thank you for refining the research…I now know where to begin. I have Lyme disease with co-infections, and working out like I used to is difficult, but I need to maintain muscle mass, strength and flexibility. For the reasons you point out, I believe the egg protein supplement is best. If you have any additional insight for someone in my situation, I would appreciate your perspective. Thank you for the information, and the credibility!

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks Wendy! Really glad you liked it.

      I’m sorry to hear about the disease–my friend’s dad had it and had quite a time getting rid of it (which he did, though).

      I really like egg protein–it’s clean, doesn’t bother my stomach, and tastes fine.

      Unfortunately I don’t know anything about treating Lyme, but I DO know it can be treated naturally…

  • Lande

    Hi Mike I a 33 female. I went from 169lbs to 150lbs. I will be going to the gym to tighten and tone, however, I want to purchase a protein power to help with my building my muscles thus assisting with toning. What do you recommend?

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job on the weight loss! I like to use whey for pre- and post-workout, and egg for any other shakes.

      • Lande

        Thank you.

        • Michael Matthews

          YW :)

  • Alice

    Hi mike really interesting info:) I am 5’8 65kg quite fitish:/ training at least an hour 5/6 times a week. I want to tone up but almost lean down. Is protein a good option or will it bulk me up? If not, what is a good amount to take daily? Thank so much alice

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks! Cool on your stats and routine. High-protein diets are ideal for building and preserving muscle while losing fat. Check out these articles for more info:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /build-muscle-lose-fat/

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /the-quickest-way-to-lose-weight/

  • aaria

    hi Michael. That’s really good and honest article. I really appreciate your work. And I have noticed that u reply to all the queries really soon, which is even better.. Thanks for your article.
    m a 24 years female. I had a bit extra fat on my body. I was trying to get rid of my belly fat by dieting. but I lost almost 6kgs weight and I lost all fat from my butts and thighs which I really didn’t want to lose. I lost a bit of fat around waist line but I still do have bulging out belly. at this time I weigh almost 55kgs and m 5ft 3 in.
    could u plz suggest me some supplements or exercise routines which could help me regain my thighs and butts and at same time reduce the belly fat..
    Thank you so much.

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks! I’m really glad you liked my article.

      Great job on your weight loss, and what you’re dealing with is stubborn fat. Check out this article for more info:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /the-truth-about-stubborn-fat-and-how-to-get-rid-of-it/

  • disqus_YCXbNNlfvy

    Hi! I’ve recently started hitting the gym to loose weight and tone my body. Which protein shake should i take and when should i start?

    • Michael Matthews

      That’s great you’ve started! Honestly protein powder doesn’t DIRECTLY help you lose weight or build muscle–it is just a convenient way to get protein, and a high-protein diet is an important part of losing fat and building muscle.

      Check out these articles to learn more:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /build-muscle-lose-fat/

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /the-quickest-way-to-lose-weight/

      Hope this helps!

  • April

    Good Morning Michael, I wish I would have read your article before going to the nutrition store lol but here’s my dilemma, I’m a woman standing at 5’9 223 lbs and from what the guy said at the store I have 29% body fat (even tho I feel like theres more because I look so “healthy” :p but he sold me this protein powder called Unleashed Muscle-Muscle Foundation..Have you heard of it? he also sold me on some cleansing pills Body fuel Purify. Now I haven’t started any of it yet because I want to make sure I made the right choice. I have read that it is better to detox with whole foods than with pills and now after reading your article I think I want to exchange my protein powder as well for separate whey and egg proteins. This protein has a mix of different types of whey, Micellar Casein, and egg Albumen o_O. Is this brand of protein powder junk and should I use the purify pills or just do it the good old fashion way with whole foods? Thanks so much!

    • Michael Matthews

      Haha I used to waste SO much money on supplements it was ridiculous.

      No I haven’t heard of either of those. The protein sounds okay and the purify pills probably won’t do anything, but that’s not a big deal.

      Why are you looking to detox?

      • April

        I wasn’t looking to actually lol He suggested that I do it because of my horrible eating habits -__- haha but I’m going to return them because I don’t feel comfortable with the ingredients anyways plus, I’ve read that taking a laxative product for too long can actually mess you up pretty bad (and that thing is loaded with a bunch of herbs that “do” that) They only offer store credit so is there anything I should be taking like Vitamin B or something that I can get instead that will help me?

        P.S. I am asthmatic and have Mitral Valve Prolapse (heart condition)! Thanks so much your awesome :-)

        • Michael Matthews

          Oh okay. You don’t need pills for that. Just change how you’re eating and you’ll be fine. Definitely just return them.

          Get a good multi-vitamin instead. I like Garden of Life’s vitamins personally.

          Sorry to hear about the health issues. What kind of exercise can you do?

          • April

            I really just do cardio with light lifting and things like squats and lunges…I have problems with my knees if I walk or run for to long so swimming is my favorite activity! Do you have any suggestions? Could I lose fat and gain muscle by just swimming everyday? lol (that would be awesome if I could) Anyways, I went and returned the pills today for Barlean’s Fish oil it has great reviews and I read one of your articles that stated fish oil is great for the body. I did see a multi vitamin for women called Opti-Women. However, they didn’t carry the brand you listed so I decided to do some research before I spend $25 on a multi. It’s crazy before I found your site I was just worried about getting “skinny” but after reading your articles I am now so excited to be heading towards a better health and lean and fit body. My new short term goal is to get my body fat percent down to 22%! Your a true blessing with all this help and knowledge, thanks again :)

          • Michael Matthews

            Okay that’s cool on your exercise. Let’s try to get in 3-5 30-minute sessions per week.

            You won’t gain muscle by swimming, no. That requires resistance training.

            Cool on the fish oil. Opti-Women is a good product.

            Awesome on your goal! Let’s do it!

            Check out this article to learn more about how to get there:

            https://www.muscleforlife.com /the-quickest-way-to-lose-weight/

          • April

            Thanks! Great Article I was one of those people that believed all I had to do was cardio and I’ll lose “fat” but now that I know that’s not true I don’t have to force an hour on a cardio machine I can enjoy it more by doing HIIT. I will stick to that schedule and let you know how I do :) I did have a question though as far as eating, Do you have an article on how women should eat when trying to train and lose weight? Since, I want to gain strength but lose fat is my current diet of 14-1500 calories a day too little? The schedule the guy gave me at the shop was shake meal shake meal shake meal shake and each shake I take 3/4 scoop which is about 26grams of protein. Is that too many shakes? o_O Thanks again you’ve given me more motivation through the internet then the people I’m around everyday hmmm… lol

          • Michael Matthews

            YW!

            Haha yeah I understand. Most people think that.

            Cool lemme know how it goes.

            Yes, check out these articles:

            https://www.muscleforlife.com /build-muscle-lose-fat/

            https://www.muscleforlife.com /the-quickest-way-to-lose-weight/

            I would also recommend that you read my book Thinner Leaner Stronger:

            https://www.muscleforlife.com /books/thinner-leaner-stronger/

            It lays out EVERYTHING you need to know about diet and training to build muscle and lose fat effectively…

            That’s a lot of shakes. I wouldn’t enjoy that. I do 2-3 shakes per day and get the rest of my protein from food.

            Haha my pleasure!

          • April

            Ok so I’m back hopefully you can help again. I pulled some ligament in my foot playing basketball and had to stay off of it for 4 months now ugh! So the bad news is I gained like 20pounds from stress eating carp and being sedentary (stupid move) anyways now I’m paying for it my bmi is like 35 smh and my dr wants me to start a weightloss program through Kaiser where all I consume is shakes that total to only like 800-1000 calories

          • April

            And I won’t be able to workout I feel like my dr is crazy and that I should be doing the opposite like eating real food and working out she said that I could try eating 1100 calories with light exercise. Blah, what’s your opinion ? My dr doesn’t even look that in shape herself lol so I’d rather take advice from someone who is walking proof :p thanks!

          • Michael Matthews
          • Michael Matthews

            Shit! That’s a crappy way to lose weight. More calories and doing some exercise would be way better.

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  • Soph

    I am 21 years old and recently lost 4kgs due to stress/poor sleep patterns etc. I was slim but healthy looking to begin with but now I look and feel unhealthy so I want to gain back those kilos. What type of protein shake is best to add into my current routine? I find it hard to gain weight and I’m still fairly stressed so I haven’t really got the appetite to keep packing myself with food! Thanks

    • Michael Matthews

      Sorry to hear about that.

      Hmm not particular protein powder will be better than another for this, so I would just go with what your body does best with.

      Personally I like whey and egg protein best…

  • Leandro Cardoso

    Hi Mike, great article. Recently I’ve been researched about meat protein. So, I’d like to read your comments about it

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks man! Meat is great, I eat a lot of it, haha. I stick to higher quality stuff that you buy fresh and cook. Not pre-packaged junk.

      • Leandro Cardoso

        Sorry Mike, maybe I haven’t been clear before in my question. I’d like to known your opinion about meat protein in powder, like Carnivor (beef protein by MuscleMeds) for example

        • Michael Matthews

          Oh okay. I guess it’s fine but it tasted so bad I actually gagged when I tried to drink it…

  • Jen Casey

    Hi ! I love your website! Great info!!! I have been training hard in the gym for 2 months now, want to get super fit body! So I have decided to start taking some protein shakes, problem is… which one? A guy mentioned Super Gainers Fuel Protein… For what I have seen it is the one with most protein per serving but also has high calories… what do you think??? Thanks Jen x :)

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks Jen!

      Great on your training. :)

      Hmm I like whey isolate because it’s just pure protein and nothing else. Have you checked out my whey?

      http://www.legionsupplements.com/products/supplements/whey/

      • mathi

        Thanks Mike but im finding it hard yo find at the moment as I am working in south america… any other u can recommend??
        Thanks!!
        Jen

        • Michael Matthews

          Ah okay sure. ON’s Gold Standard Whey is good too.

  • Marcya Ostrom-Johnson

    This was very useful, how ever I still have a question about all of this. According to this I would prefer Whey protein. I’m cutting weight. I weigh 138 and want to go down to the healthy weight I’m supposed to be at 123. It will make a huge difference. So my question is what’s the best whey brand to get. Would be getting a brand from Popey’s work well?
    like you stated at first to get started it would be best but don’t rely on it for future continuous clean eating.
    Let me know!
    -M

    • Michael Matthews

      Whey is an all-around good choice. Check out my whey protein:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /recommendations/supplement-recommendations/protein-supplements/legion-whey/

      I would avoid generic/cheap wheys because, generally speaking, you get what you pay for…

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  • Nicolette Acuña

    Hi, I just stumbled upon this article. I started working out 4 – 5 months ago and I’m aiming on gaining muscle. So far I started with muscle pharm’s combat protein, then I started using Carnivor. I was recently told that Carnivor is not really good for your liver… so, which protein can I use?

    • Michael Matthews

      Hi!

      I’m generally not a fan of MP (don’t like their use of proprietary blends and ingredients with no scientific backing), and I haven’t read up on Carnivor because the one beef protein I tried tasted so bad to me I couldn’t even drink down a single scoop in water.

      Personally I use my whey:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /recommendations/supplement-recommendations/protein-supplements/legion-whey/

      And this egg protein:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /recommendations/supplement-recommendations/protein-supplements/healthy-n-fit-100-egg-protein/

      Hope this helps!

  • Rob Clarke

    Brain Fuel Plus would be another good Supplement that would go along with this one. http://GreatHomeBiz.ExperienceBA.com/?SOURCE=RLC You’ll have to check it out to see for yourself.

  • Derrek

    I think it depends on what you mean by best? Best for gaining muscle or best for overall long term health.

    • Michael Matthews

      Both!

  • Taya

    Hi, I may be a little late commenting on this, but I need some advice! I’m a 5’6 female and I’m about 23 pounds over weight. I’ve been maintaining a healthy diet and running/walking/jogging/p90x for a little bit now. I’ve considered using whey protein, but all of my friends tell me that it will just make me gain fat and make me look man-ish I guess lol, but I don’t quite trust their judgement on this one. Any suggestions?

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks for the comment!

      Cool on your stats. Nope, whey definitely won’t cause weight gain or turn you into a man, haha. It’s just a form of dairy protein. Nothing dangerous about it.

      Considering your goal, check out this article of mine:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /how-to-lose-weight-fast/

      • ProteinMilkShakeBar

        Hi Taya – we have a community of healthy goddesses who use whey protein to lose weight and get toned. Here is an article from Jessie – who you can always reach out to with questions. Congrats on starting your healthy journey.

        http://jessieloves2run.com/2013/10/17/so-much-apple-a-giveaway/

        p.s. thanks for this article Michael!

  • Cort

    What about collagen protein powder? Are they good for both skin and muscles?

    • Michael Matthews

      Never heard of that!

  • Jojobean

    Im a girl 20 and im looking for something to help define muscles and to help lose weight even maybe take the weight and turn it into muscles help would be awesome :)

  • Shelly

    Hi! I understand this article was posted a really long time ago but I stumbled upon it after being so confused about which protein power to use or if I really need one. By the way, great article – really helped a lot.

    I was just wondering.. I’m a 20 year old female – (125 lb and 5’4″) and have been going to the gym 6 days a week. My goal is to build muscle and tone my body. I’ve recently been taking LeanFit Whey Protein Powder but it’s been giving my stomach some issues. Could you please recommend a powder suitable to me? Thank you!

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  • Taylor Draper

    Hey Mike! I’m SO happy I came across your website – awesome things you’re doing and with such truth and intelligence. I was thinking about looking into your “thinner, leaner, stronger” book but I am wondering if you would recommend it for me or not. I’m not new to health and fitness, I’ve actually been consistently training for about a year – so I’m no expert but I’m also not oblivious when it comes to weight training and nutrition. I’ve done a lot of my own research and such, but I know there is so much more to learn. What do you think? Do you have something else that might be more up my alley, or is this sufficient?

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks Taylor! I really appreciate it!

      Hmm it depends where you’re at. What are your stats and what type of exercising program are you following? What’s your diet like?

      • Taylor Draper

        Well I am 20 (going on 21 in June), 5’6” and 150ish pounds. In January of 2013 I decided to change my life around and found a love for health and fitness. I was 190 and since then have gradually lost a lot of fat and gained some muscle. I eat pretty “wholesomely” and began doing Jim stoppanis shortcut to size and have recently changed to Jamie eason’s (spelling?) 12week program but haven’t been consistent with it or eating right due to midterms and exams.

  • Eva

    Hi Matthew, great article! I’m a 26 year old female dancer wanting to build muscle and tone up – feel really out of shape at the moment! I want to try both the whey and the egg protein (separately). Can you recommend a brand that is good but is not too expensive? Also preferably something I can get hold of in the U.K. Thanks!

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks! Cool! Yeah try ON’s whey and do you have Jay Robb egg protein available over there?

  • Laura

    Hi Mike, I’m so glad I found your website! I’m female, 5’11″, 144 lbs (34 yrs. old) … eat pretty healthy. I work out about 3-4 days a week but am in law school and working so I am on a tight schedule. Do you recommend taking whey/casein on the days I don’t get to the gym? And if so, what time of day? Just looking to build a little extra muscle and stay fit. Thanks so much!

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks and great on what you’re doing! Sure, you can if you want but don’t have to. You can just eat food instead. Up to you. No particular times are important, just overall daily numbers.

      Hope this helps! Talk soon!

      • Laura

        Thanks so much, Mike! Awesome that you actually answer everyone’s questions! I’m really enjoying going through your site! :)

        • Michael Matthews

          My pleasure! :)

  • Alyssa Motekaitis

    Hi Michael! I know this article was published a while ago but I found out when I was doing research on whey proteins. I’m 19 years old (144 lbs and 5’9″) and workout 6 days a week. I’ve always been in shape since I used to be a competitive athlete but I’ve never used whey protein before. I’m trying to build more lean muscle and get a more toned body. Which whey protein would you suggest? Also, I do early morning workouts so could I use the whey protein as a meal replacement for breakfast? Thanks!

  • Alyssa Motekaitis

    Hi Michael! I know this article was published a while ago but I found out when I was doing research on whey proteins. I’m 19 years old (144 lbs and 5’9″) and workout 6 days a week. I’ve always been in shape since I used to be a competitive athlete but I’ve never used whey protein before. I’m trying to build more lean muscle and get a more toned body. Which whey protein would you suggest? Also, I do early morning workouts so could I use the whey protein as a meal replacement for breakfast? Thanks!

  • Z.Liu

    Hi,
    I just found this website. Im a 19yr student that is 170lbs. Im looking to trim down to 125-130lb range. I just started exercising. Mainly cardio and machine weight, but will movie up into free weights very soon. In addition to exercising, I’ve been taking CLA and will start LeanFit Whey Protein. I was wondering what are your thoughts on CLA and LeanFit Whey Protein.

    • Michael Matthews

      Hey!

      Cool on your goal. I like it.

      I’m on the fence about CLA as there is research showing it to be beneficial and research showing it to be useless. It looks like it’s unreliable.

      The whey protein is probably fine.

      The key is going to be proper meal planning though. Check this out:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com/healthy-meal-planning-tips/

  • Heather

    Hello Michael, I loved your article. Sooo, Ive recently lost 35 pounds and I was working out regularly, but I fell I to a horrible depression for a while. I’m still the same weight, but I’ve lost all of my muscle and tone. I want to try a protein powder to help me tone my body and help with muscles, but I don’t want to be some buff body builder.
    I’m a 24 year old female, and I have a milk and egg allergy unfortunately. Do you think the whey protein isolate powder would be good for me?

  • mirian jimenez

    Im going to start boxing for weight loss and muscle, however i dont know what protein shake would be ideal for me, im a person with very little spare time, and im not at a helthy weight, by far this is the most i have weight, im 5’0 and i weight 153

  • Devyani Singh

    Hi iam 47 years old and my weight is 80 kgs, and i am having deficiency of calcium in my body… and have frequent pain in knees and other joints.
    My physician has suggested me some medic for less calcim and all.
    My question is should i take proteins ?? Or taking it will harm me….in this health condition.
    Plz help.

    • Michael Matthews

      Good question! I can’t say for sure as I don’t really know what’s going on with your body, but protein is a good source of calcium. Especially whey protein.

  • scash

    So, egg protein is the best to use if looking for a supplement to hit all your macros? I’m usually only hitting around 60% of my protein intake, and want to supplement, so I don’t break down all of the muscle I’m building in my workouts.

    • Michael Matthews

      I think so, yes.

  • Josie

    Hi Mike,
    Cheers for writing this article. I’ve just jumped onto the Thinner Leaner Stronger wagon, after getting fed up with cycling P90X and Insanity over the last year. I’m finding it difficult consuming enough protein everyday, so am thinking of purchasing some protein powders. I like the sound of the whey, egg, or combining rice and pea powders, but I am having trouble finding the specific products you mentioned in Canada (I found the egg protein OK, but the availability of the different flavours isn’t great). Are there any equivalent products you can recommend that are available in Canada too? I’d rather not have to pay any hefted shipping and/or import taxes from elsewhere (I’m on a student’s budget).
    Many Thanks.

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks Josie!

      Hmm look for Optimum Nutrition’s whey and Jay Rob’s egg. Both are nice.

      Hope this helps! Talk soon! Let me know how it goes on the program!

  • Liz

    Hi Mike! Love your site!. Sometimes I crave something sweet and I have my chocolate whey protein with almond milk. But I just realized Whey might not be the best option to keep me full between meals. Did I understand correctly that Casein and Egg Protein are the best to have during the day as snacks?
    (Im a woman, goal loose fat and get lean).

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks!

      Whey kills my hunger just as well as egg. Casein is definitely more filling. So up to you!

  • http://www.thesupplementality.com/ Byron Ahn

    I think whey protein is really great as an intra-workout or post-workout for most women. Here’s a list of some really good ones out there: http://www.thesupplementality.com/best-protein-powder/. A mixture of fast and slow-digesting proteins in a whey protein powder is usually more worthwhile than spending an arm and a leg on casein and whey isolates. Just my two cents. Thanks for the in-depth article though. Really good stuff.

  • Nav

    Hi,
    I am 19 years old and my height is 5’5. I am currently at 105 pounds and want to know which protein powder would be best for me in order to gain weight? Which brand of whey protein would you recommend? Please let me know! Thank you

    • Michael Matthews

      Hey!

      Well I’m biased but have you checked out my whey?

      https://www.muscleforlife.com/product/legion-whey/

      • Nav

        I got the New Zealand whey pro series original. And sunwarrior protein blend. What are your thoughts on those? Do I also need to combine protein carbs, and fats in all my meals? Im thinking I should eat small meals throughout the day. I also started lifting weights and play on a soccer team. How many days would it be best to workout and what days should I take a break?
        http://store.newzealandwhey.com/

        • Michael Matthews

          I’m not familiar with the NZ product but I like Sunwarrior’s products.

          Meal frequency doesn’t matter. Total daily numbers is the key:

          https://www.muscleforlife.com/healthy-meal-planning-tips/

          I like to lift 5 x per week and do no more than 4 x cardio sessions per week.

  • kenneth

    can the dutch lady gain mass? just for asking

    • Michael Matthews

      Huh?

  • Audrianna Haynes

    I am a 23 year old female and 104 lbs. I can never gain weight no matter what I try. I heard about weight gainers, so I figured I’d try one. What do you think would be good one for me to try?

    • Michael Matthews

      I’m not a fan of weight gainers because they’re just full of junk calories (mainly carbs). I much prefer eating real food, and just stick to calorie-dense foods like…

      Red meat

      Grains like brown rice and quinoa

      Oils like coconut oil and olive oil

      Avocado

      Whole-fat dairy

      Multi-grain pasta and bread

      Almonds and almond butter

      Bananas

      White and sweet potatoes

      This will help you:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com/healthy-meal-planning-tips/

  • Erika Soledad

    Relieved to read this. I’ve been pushing hard with my workouts, and a week away from finishing p90x. Just started whey protein a month ago. I’ve gained 8 pounds in three months but went down a size and a half. Going to do another round when completed, and have to disregard the scale when it comes to gauging results. My dad asked for my advice and he’s trying whey isolate (I couldn’t confidently advise). I sort of jumped in without doing proper research. Awesome and thorough article. Gracias!

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks! Wow great job! That’s exciting. :) Keep it up!

  • Alex Katz

    I was hoping someone would have advice on which protein powder to go with. Ive been using lean1 but today i bought bodytech whey tech pro 24. Not sure how i feel about it. I was debating between that and muscle pharm combat. Does anyone know anything about either of those? I loved lean1, but i wanted a higher protein concentration and less other stuff in it. I also tend to have problems with dairy but bodytech one is supposed to have stuff in it to help with that. I am 21, 5’7, female who does a lot of lifting. I also do a lot of long distance running. Not sure if that makes a difference or no

  • hollywoodpeg

    Hi Mike. I am a 50 yr old woman with the energy of a 35 year old. I run and dance and workout at least 3 times a week. Zumba and boot camp. Im no joke. Lol. My career is also physical. ( im a licensed massage therapist) ud think I eat alot and burn it. My problem is I dont eat …not enough. . I juice everyday but live off Belvita crackers and coffee… not black either.. help. Im in pretty goodcshape but my belly is very soft and my goal is to shrink it. I need a shake for after workouts and im latina so my foods are rich. Thanks so much for ur time… in advance. Hollywoodpeg on IG

  • Kels

    Hello I am a 24 year old female, 5’7″, and about 164 pounds. Been working out since January 2014. Seen some results, but never used protein except here or there experimenting. Looking to enhance my results and continue toning up. I am not super concerned with weight loss and i do not want to have muscle to where i bulk up really crazy, but I do want to keep toning up.What protein do you think may be best? My husband does protein, but his goals are different than mine (gain muscle and get bigger he has almost no body fat). So we have not been sure what is best for me to use. I want to lose body fat, but not working out to hit a certain weight goal. Thanks.

  • candi

    Hi Mike,

    Your articles inspired me about the protein intake. I am now turing 29 (5’4 tall and 110lb) and I have exactly 5 more months to lean up and firm up my body for the wedding. As my own eyes mesaurement, I am in about 27-29% of fat but my goal is to be on 21-23%. I go for Aerobic dance 5-6days per week and focus of Abs workout 30mins as well. My daily protein consumption is lower than what is should be since I hardly cook. In this case, should I get the protein supplement ? If so which one would you recommend? Thanks a lot !

  • Nadya

    Hi Mike, great article. See, my goal is to loose some extra 4,5 kg in about a month. I am doing body combat at the morning for about half an hour and try to go jogging at the evening. Would like to speed up the process and thought about using protein. However, I am confused when is be best time to be taking it (morning, before or after training, evening)? Should I use it at all? Could it help? And what type would it be best for my situation (whey, rice, pea)? I don’t want to make muscles, but would be nice to get a bit fitter. Thanks in advance :)

  • http://bestproteinpowderforwomen.info/ Tyler

    Good article! Michael Matthews, would you ever consider guest posting for a specific price for my new website http://bestproteinpowderforwomen.info ? It’s brand new, and I’m trying to get women into fitness. Please email me.

    Thank you very much! I’m looking for an article regarding fitness, women, anything about that.

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks! Sorry I can barely keep up with my own writing schedule! Haha.

  • Brooke

    Hi Michael, every other day I drink a protein shake for lunch as a meal replacement, a lot goes in this shake, couple handfuls of kale and spinach, chia seed, spirulina, liq vitamins, greens powder, and almond milk…my question is does it matter what kind of protein I use? I have been using sun warrior pea protein for a long time and sometimes whey isolate instead…the thing is I work out in the morning. I take amino energy a little over 5 grams before, warm up and take half a scoop of protein before weight training, and after all I have is coffee…till lunch, which is why I’m asking does it matter which protein?

    • Michael Matthews

      I like what you’re doing. One minor tweak is you should have protein before and after training and then you can wait until lunch.

      It doesn’t really matter which but whey might have a slight edge on others for pre- and post-workout nutrition. You can find out why here:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com/what-is-whey-protein/

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    Hi
    I’m a size 8 and quite petite but need to tone up all over my body..
    Can you please suggest a good protein to build some muscle and not lose weight please..
    Thanks

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  • Sarah Carey

    I just stumbled across this article and found it incredibly helpful. I’ve never actually heard of this Egg Protein and I’m super curious!

    I’m 30, 5’10 and have the goal of losing inches over weight. If I concentrate on weight I”ll go crazy. I’ve always wondered about the lactose in Whey protein for me and never knew of a decent alternative. It’s not that my stomach gets upset, I just tend to feel very bloated and my digestive system is super slow already.

    Would you suggest trying the egg and then one of the rice or pea options?

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks! I love egg protein.

      Body comp is definitely want matters most but unless you have very little fat to lose, your weight WILL go down.

      You could try a 100% whey isolate, which has no lactose. Here’s mine:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com/product/legion-whey/

      Yeah I like egg more than rice or pea personally.

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  • pegt

    I am 73 years old. I am a shut in because of health problem. I cannot move around. I walk very little. I am also very tired & weak. A friend told me I should take protein powders to help me. I read up on soy & don’t want that. Do you think protein powders can help me? If so what kind.
    Peg T

    • Michael Matthews

      It’s possible that a higher protein intake could help but moving your body is going to be the key…

  • Rajni Fulwadwa

    Among all the whey protein powders, which is the best for weight loss for women ?
    As they are soo many…its difficult to decide

  • Dora

    Hi, what do you recommend after a cardio workout?
    Cheers.

    • Michael Matthews

      Some protein is a good idea but that’s it. Nothing particularly special.

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  • Eva

    Great little article! Thanks Michael

    • Michael Matthews

      YW!

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