I've always had a big appetite so am somewhat concerned about how much I will need to consume when I'm in the full marathon training swing, so I started to look into whey protein.
The suspicious big tubs of powder with it's testosterone inspired designs have never looked appealing but after some research they do seem to make sense. Your body can only absorb so much protein at a time. (Apparently just 30g an hour). Therefore you should space out your consumption throughout the day into smaller intakes as oppose to one mega feast. So making a quick milkshake during the day is much easier than creating a full on meal, especially if you're training outside and you need to get some nutrition in you as soon as possible. (Lots of sources say within ten minutes of exercising is the prime time to do so). Whey contains all the essential amino acids required to support muscle maintenance,' as Holland and Barrett's own brand Precision states on the packaging.
The whey powder is traditionally mixed in a shaker with milk but to be honest it looks disgusting which is another reason why I've avoided this in past.
Whey is derived from milk so as a self diagnosed lactose intolerant person I decided to try the smaller size sachets first. I mixed mine with hot water in the hope it dissolves easier. No such luck. It looks like poop in a mug. Smells like e numbers. Taste isn't actually that bad, but the lumpiness made it harder to down. (It does say to use a blend but who has one at work?).
I'm already thinking maybe some kind of protein oat nutty bar may a better option. Anyway, I got another sachet tomorrow in this experiment so lets see how my lactose intolerant stomach handles it...
<Follow Up. 20.01.15>
So it seems that my stomach can handle the whey protein powder, no queezy stomach feelings. This is good however I think I'll try and find a brand which doesn't add extra sugar or flavourings...
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