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Do women need protein?

Posted on April 20 2015

You’ve probably seen them at the gym – guys walking around with protein shakes practically glued to their hands, chugging them down before and after they exercise. Why do men love their protein shakes so much? Because protein gives you big, bulky muscles right? Wrong.

Protein has all kinds of benefits for both men and women. In this article, we’ll clear up some common misconceptions about protein shakes and explain why protein can work wonders for women.

Will protein make me muscley?

It’s true that bodybuilders use protein shakes, along with a controlled diet and other supplements, to get big. After all, protein is the main building block that your muscles are made of. But simply drinking a protein shake won’t magically give you huge muscles. Men who drink protein shakes also have to work hard in the gym lifting very heavy weights. Muscle growth is also caused by the male hormone testosterone, which women only have a very small amount of.

So as a woman, you shouldn’t be afraid of protein and exercise because you think it will make you look too muscular and bulky. It simply doesn’t work that way.

The truth is that taking extra protein has an array of benefits for women. These include:

  • Reduced appetite and feeling fuller for longer
  • Quicker recovery after a workout
  • Creating a lean, toned physique

 

Appetite suppressant

Studies have shown that foods that are high in protein make you feel fuller for longer – more so than foods with high levels of fat or carbohydrates. Eating a protein-rich meal or drinking a protein shake can take away your urge to snack on unhealthy foods between meals. She Supps also sells a range of specialist appetite suppressants that have the same effect.

Protein helps your muscles recover faster

Have you ever woken up with sore muscles the day after a heavy session at the gym? Sometimes it can take days for that aching feeling to wear off. Taking extra protein can help to speed up that recovery time.

When you exercise, your muscle fibres literally tear a little bit, and they need protein to repair themselves. This is how your muscles grow and get stronger. Taking a protein supplement before and after heavy exercise can rapidly speed up this repairing process. This means you can exercise more often, and see positive results sooner.

Burn Fat

We’ve already mentioned that protein can help you work harder in the gym and avoid snacking. But there’s also evidence that protein helps you burn fat tissue (rather than losing muscle) when you do lose weight.

By eating sensibly, taking the correct supplements and exercising you can lose weight in a healthy way – rather than simply starving yourself, which causes you to lose muscle as well as fat. By doing this, you can achieve a strong, lean, healthy looking figure.

Where to buy female protein shakes

She Supps is the only company in the UK that makes protein and other sports supplements specifically for women.

You can browse our range of protein products here.

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