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Why Should I Use Protein Supplements When Working Out?

Paisley Hansen Jan 10, 2020
When walking into a gym, it's likely that you'll notice people mixing protein powder into their drinks or taking protein supplements. Those who are new to working out may wonder why people do this. What are the benefits of using these products? Keep reading to find out!

Feel Full Longer

One of the benefits of taking protein supplements is that eating proteins (in a natural form or in supplement form) helps you to feel fuller for a longer amount of time. There are a couple of reasons for this.
You don't need to have a degree in nutrition to know that eating steak tends to be more filling than eating a salad. This can be looked at in terms of the weight of the food alone.
Perhaps the feature that influences the feeling of fullness the most is that proteins take longer than other food types (like carbohydrates and fats) to digest.
This means that protein-rich food stays in the body for longer. So, drinking water may flow through the body quickly. However, drinking water enhanced with protein powder will do more to keep you feeling full.

Lose Weight Faster

One thing that ties into feeling fuller longer is that taking in more protein tends to help people lose weight faster. This is because when you feel fuller, you tend to eat less.
However, it should be noted that not all proteins are made equally. For example, some plant proteins contain lectin. If a person has too much lectin in their system, it can slow down the digestive system, lower energy levels, and even cause constipation.
Protein supplements usually do not contain lectin. Also, they are either low in calories or calorie-free. This can help with weight loss, as it can continue to promote feelings of fullness without adding too many extra calories.

Build Muscle Quickly

While you do not need a high-protein diet to exercise, taking in more protein can help muscles to build up faster, assuming that you are doing strength-training exercises. This works well for both men and women. However, it should be noted that it works best for people who have not yet reached middle age.
Not only will muscles build up faster when you have a diet high in protein, but the muscles will also be stronger and healthier than if you were to have a diet low in protein. It will also be easier to maintain muscle mass and health if you take protein supplements or protein powder.

Lower Blood Pressure Overtime

Even if you aren't one to spend every day in the gym, you can still gain benefits from taking protein supplements. One lesser-known benefit of taking protein supplements is that a diet high in protein can help to lower blood pressure by small amounts.
A lucky feature of this is that protein supplements only help to lower blood pressure in people who have high blood pressure, to begin with. If you already have low blood pressure, it is not likely to lower it further.
It should also be noted that taking protein supplements only helps to lower blood pressure if it is taking regularly over a long period of time. This is a great home remedy for lowering high blood pressure if it is used alongside other home remedies or with other medications.

Reduce Inflammation

Another lesser-known health benefit of using protein supplements is that it can help reducing inflammation. Having small amounts of inflammation in the body can sometimes be healthy.
However, having inflammation in the body all the time can cause more health problems than it heals. Having a diet high in protein can help to prevent and treat inflammation in the body.
Taking protein supplements while in or out of the gym can help to boost muscle mass, improve weight loss, and have a plethora of other health benefits. Keep these benefits in mind the next time you look into trying protein supplements.