With so many photos of muscled men and women plastered across magazines, it’s no wonder people are turning to supplements to gain quick results. After all, who doesn’t want to gain an easy, if not unfair, advantage, and take the easy road?
As useful as supplements are, though, one thing you need to remember is that they’re called supplements for a reason. That’s because they really are just supplements. They’re not substitutes for something else. In particular, they can’t really replace a proper training regimen, nor the right diet, nor getting a good night’s sleep every night.
This, then, begs the question, how useful is protein powder when it comes to Muay Thai training?
Do You Really Need Protein Powder?
Protein powder, for those that don’t know, is a supplemental source of protein. As the name suggests, it’s in powder form, and is available under the name of different brands, each of which advertising their specific benefits over that of the others.
There are five major types of protein powders being sold in the market today, Whey, Casein, Milk, Soy and Hemp.
Now, the logic behind taking whey protein while training in Muay Thai is simple – it’s to help build muscle and improve recovery times. While the same benefits can be said for eating protein-rich foods, between eating the same amount of protein and drinking it, most people would prefer drinking as it is just far more convenient and saves a whole lot of time.
Does this mean, though, that it is necessary to drink whey protein while training? Well, it can be a yes or a no. Yes, because protein powder supplements can be extremely useful if you’re not getting enough protein from your daily diet. No, because if you’re getting enough protein from your diet, then drinking and taking whey protein will just end up being a waste of money.
Useful, But Not Necessary
There’s no doubt that taking protein supplements is useful. After all, not many people can be bothered to prepare meals with more protein than usual. With supplements, you all have to do is to shake and drink it. That’s that. However, truth be told, protein supplements and supplements in general really only come into play once you’ve taken care of your training regimen, diet and sleep first.
If you follow a proper training regimen, stick to the right diet plan and get a decent amount of sleep at night, your body really won’t have any need for protein supplements. Plus, you’d be better seeing far more benefits if you just tried working on one or more of these three mentioned.
Yes, it’s true that supplements have been proven to actually work. It’s just that you shouldn’t ignore the fact that, 9 times out of 10, they’re completely unnecessary if you’re already following a balanced diet already.
Work on your recovery or sleep quality first. Then, try to fix your diet. Cut out all the processed food you’re eating, and focus on the essentials, lean meat, fruit and vegetables. Then, make sure that you follow a strict training regimen and work closely with a proper trainer. Do all that, and you’re more likely to see improvements.