Protein shakes have been around since the early days of bodybuilding. For years athletes and bodybuilders from around the world have constantly used protein shakes to build muscle and lose fat. Protein is one of the body’s main building blocks for muscle, skin, bone, and other tissues. Protein shakes come in many combinations of protein, carbohydrates, and fats. These diverse drinks come in a variety of flavors and are also an inexpensive way to feed your muscles.

Whey protein is the most popular and widely used protein in the fitness world. Whey protein is a pure, natural, high quality protein from milk. These highly effective protein shakes are a rich source of the essential amino acids, that are essential on a daily basis by your body. Whey protein is an excellent choice for just about anyone. New information is always being discovered about this multi purpose protein.

Here are some benefits of whey protein:

Helps to increase lean muscle mass
Promotes fat loss
Enhances immune system
Improves liver function
Build and repair muscles and bones

Protein shakes isn’t just for bodybuilders and athletes. Many men and women use protein shakes to help promote weight loss. Weight control is a very popular topic in most gyms across the country. Protein supplements are the base of the majority of supplementation programs because of its effectiveness and price. You can find a high quality protein shake from $1.50 to $3 per serving. One other advantage of protein powders is that they can be used as a meal replacement (MRP). Protein powders are great for when you are on the run or on vacation and you don’t want to eat out for every meal. Protein shake recipes are endless and provide a fun and delicious treat to your daily diet.

Here are a few popular recipes:

2 scoops of whey protein
1 tbp of peanut butter
12oz of water
4 ice cubes

2 scoops of whey protein
4 frozen berries
12oz of water
3 ice cubes

Our protein levels depend on our age, size and activity level. If you are looking to be bigger and increase muscle mass it’s a good idea to consume around 1.5 grams to 2 grams per pound of body weight. If weight loss is your goal try to consume around one gram of protein per pound of body weight. Protein shakes are a valuable tool for living a healthy lifestyle.

Author's Bio: 

Josh Rafferty
MMA Fighter & Trainer

Josh Rafferty has been absorbing and learning about Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness since childhood. Josh has competed in Mixed Martial Arts for over ten years both in the ring and in the corner of some legendary fighters. His fighting career has made him famous, appearing in the hit television shows The Ultimate Fighter and Adrenalin and even made a cameo appearance in the major motion picture Redbelt. Find more from Josh at