All your big questions answered about protein powder.
When some people think about protein powder, they imagine large flexing bodybuilders but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Not everyone wants to look like a young Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Both athletes and everyday people – of all ages – use protein powder to increase their dietary intake of essential amino acids and protein on a daily basis. There is such a great range of different proteins to appeal to everyone.
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Spartansuppz, as a team of dedicated, passionate bodybuilders and lifters, we know what supplements are needed to help our community achieve its fitness goals. We utilize our industry experience and knowledge to source only the highest quality, thoroughly formulated products for lifters and shredders to take their workout to the next level. We trial, test, and research products so we can give you informed feedback on every product we carry.
Whether you are starting out, wanting to lose weight, increase athletic performance or just be a little healthier we can help you supplement your complete protein and amino acids intake.
Protein Powder FAQ’s
Here are some of the common questions our new customers ask about protein powders, whey protein, amino acids, vegan protein and more.
What is protein powder?
Protein powder is a convenient and versatile way to supplement your nutrition and help you get the most out of your exercise and life. One protein shake a day can make a massive difference in your performance.
Protein is found in every fiber of our body and is an essential nutrient required for rebuilding cells. All proteins are made out of amino acids (the protein building blocks). In order to function, we need to consume protein and amino acids from a wide range of food sources as our bodies cannot produce all the essential amino acids by themselves.
Protein powder is a concentrated way to supplement all your protein and essential amino acid needs. And you don't need to be an elite athlete to start using it.
What does protein powder do?
For those who are active, consuming extra protein in your diet, whether through food or supplements is essential to help with building new muscle tissue and amplify your body's recovery. Complete protein and essential amino acids found in both wholefood and protein powder help:
Build and tone muscles
Repair body tissue
Build enzymes and hormones
Aid weight loss
Do I need protein powder?
At Spartansuppz, we encourage you to consume a healthy, balanced diet to meet most of your complete protein needs. We also know how hard it is to naturally eat a lot of protein to keep up with increased protein demands. Don’t force yourself to eat a kilo of broccoli to hit your protein quota. Protein powders are concentrated and specific sources of protein and amino acids. By drinking our protein powders, you can easily consume your daily protein intake.
Why do people use protein powder?
Some of the reasons our customers like to use our protein supplementation powder is to:
Maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight management.
Weight loss and fat loss.
Supplement a plant-based diet and fill any nutritional gaps.
Build and maintain muscle protein synthesis.
Improve athlete performance.
What is the most common type of protein powder?
The overall, most popular form of protein powders and our bestseller is Whey Protein.
Whey protein is also extremely popular as it is very easily digested and utilized in the body, and it provides an affordable and convenient way to meet your daily protein requirements.
Choose from legendary brands in our whey protein concentrate or whey protein isolates (WPI powder) range like Optimum Nutrition, Musclenation, Rule 1, ATP Science and more, finding the variety that is sure to see you burn fat and shred lean, powerful muscle.
Remember, Whey is an animal-based protein but we have plenty of great alternatives for our vegan friends. Choosing the right protein powder for your goals can be difficult, so be sure to reach out to our knowledgeable team for advice.
What are common types of protein powders?
There are about 20,000 different types of proteins that make up the human body? Meaning we need to consume a wide range of different proteins as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
To meet these needs as one of Australia's biggest and specialised protein powders seller, there's a wide range of proteins:
Found in dairy products like milk and cheese. Whey protein has a complete amino acid profile and is easily absorbed and digested by the body. Whey is very popular high quality protein among beginners and people trying to build lean muscle.
Is another dairy-based protein, rich in the amino acid glutamine making it great for athletes wanting something for muscle recovery. Casein digests at a much slower rate than other forms of protein making it ideal to have late at night.
Rich in collagen proteins which boost skin hydration and elasticity. Our bodies gradually produce less collagen protein as we age and like to use collagen protein powder to slow down the aging process.
Targeted for those wanting to lose weight and weight management by substituting meals for protein shakes. Meal replacement powders are an effective way to lose weight without compromising on nutrition and a convenient protein supplement.
Ideal for those following keto diets. Save weeks waiting for your body to hit ketosis stage and optimise fat burn with the specialised keto protein range.
Can Vegans use protein powder?
Consuming enough high quality protein can be an issue for some Vegans considering their restricted diet. Vegan protein powder is a great way to cover any nutritional gaps without compromising on your values.
Vegan proteins are also great for people with dairy allergies and lactose intolerant.
There are plenty of plant based proteins on the market to help vegans meet their nutritional needs and goals. Common types of plant based protein include pea protein, hemp, soy protein, rice protein and pumpkin.
How much protein powder should I have?
It depends on your size and needs. With a healthy, balanced diet, 1-2 scoops (25-50gms) of protein powder a day may be all you need. Your exact protein needs are going to be different depending on several factors:
Your height and weight:
Larger bodies require more protein.
Men tend to require more protein due to their larger size and increased muscle tissue.
As we get older our body metabolises less protein.
Professional athletes require more protein than office workers.
If you are aiming for weight loss, lean muscle growth or superior performance this may factor in your goals.
Any health conditions:
If you have hormonal imbalances, diabetes or kidney problems, consult with a doctor on your ideal protein intake.
The good news is protein powder is really easy to measure and most powders include a free scoop for easy measuring.
Our nutritional experts at Spartansuppz are always available to help you calculate your exact protein needs.
When to take protein powder?
When to consume protein powder and how frequently can help you optimize your health and fitness goals. Depending on what you are trying to achieve can also influence when is the best time of the day to best take protein.
For people incorporating protein powder for weight management and lifestyle. It is best to take protein first thing in the morning & after a workout to boost recovery.
If you are an athlete, high amounts of protein are crucial for performance and recovery. In addition to a balanced diet, athletes who consume protein powder before and after training experience less fatigue, muscle gain, better recovery, and better performance across a wide range of sports (endurance, strength, and HIIT).
If you are trying to lose weight, science has found that protein-rich diets are more filling and reduce cravings. Protein powder can support metabolism and reduce training. For people on-the-go and trying to lose weight, protein shakes can substitute a small meal or processed snack. Protein shakes can also be taken before or after a workout to assist with fat loss and muscle building.
For both athletes and people focused on muscle growth and muscle mass, timing what part of the day to consume more protein can boost results. For muscle growth, research suggests consuming protein within 2 hours of a workout to build muscle mass and if you are an early morning exerciser, to have protein for breakfast.
How to use protein powder?
There are many different ways to consume protein powder without making it feel like a chore:
The most popular and easiest way to consume protein, you may see a lot of people doing this at the gym. By scooping some quality protein powder into water and mixing, this is an easy way to consume protein on-the-go, as a snack and in between meals.
And who says you can just do water? You can add milk and fruits to your drink to create a nutritious shake. Vegan protein powder can be mixed with plant based milks for a delicious plant based protein powder shake.
Did you know you can bake protein powder into your food? There are plenty of recipes online like protein pancakes, puddings and muffins where a simple scoop of protein concentrate can be snuck into the food and still taste delicious.
Sneak it in:
Some people sneak protein powder into common foods they already eat like coffee, porridge, hummus and guacamole for an extra protein hit!
Add protein powder to your nutritious protein balls, for a tasty snack.
Is protein powder good for weight loss?
It's always important to exercise regularly and eat a healthy, balanced diet as a part of healthy weight loss. Protein powder can help aid your weight loss by encouraging fat burn and lean muscle protein synthesis.
At SpartanSuppz, we stock a range of protein powders designed for weight loss that taste delicious in protein shakes, smoothies, and baked into foods. Weight loss smoothies have a healthy balance of all your macros including healthy fats, carbohydrates, and fiber with limited calories and sugar.
Our Vegan protein powder range can also effectively assist in weight loss.
Where to buy protein powder?
You’ve come to the right place. SpartanSuppz is one of Australia’s largest and most specialized protein distributors with free delivery for orders over $150, same-day dispatch, and over 50,000 happy customers.
Our team is led by bodybuilders, fitness, and nutrition experts who try and regularly use the products themselves.
Spartans Protect is our in-house insurance product designed to help keep our deliveries safe even in the most challenging situations. We give customers access to buyer protection at checkout to cover product loss, theft or damage, and our dedicated in-house investigation team is here to resolve issues in hours, not days.
You can count on Spartans Protect to provide peace of mind, so you know we have you covered even if something goes wrong.