FAQs – Protein Questions, Supplements and Tips
- Why should everyone supplement with Protein, not just bodybuilders?
- What is the difference between Whey Protein Concentrate and Whey Protein Isolate?
- Are Body Fortress® products manufactured in accordance with cGMP standards?
- Did the Super Advanced Whey Protein formula change?
- When is the best time of day to take whey protein?
- When is the best time for doing cardio – before a weight-training workout or after a weight-training workout? In the morning, or evening?
Why should everyone supplement with Protein, not just bodybuilders?
No matter what your level of fitness is or what goal you’re chasing, Protein is an essential nutrient that the body uses for a variety of different purposes. Protein is one of the 3 major macronutrients (along with Carbohydrate and Fats) and is considered the building blocks for Muscle, Hormone Production, Enzyme Formation as well as Healthy Hair, Skins and Nails.
What is the difference between Whey Protein Concentrate and Whey Protein Isolate?
Whey Concentrate and Whey Isolate are both premium sources of fast-digesting protein used to support lean muscle and strength.* The main difference between the two different forms is this; Whey Isolate (and other Isolate proteins in general) are manufactured using a process known as Microfiltration. During this process, a majority of the non-protein components (Fat, Carbs, Lactose, etc…) are eliminated. The end result is a much higher % of protein by weight than what is normally found in a concentrated protein.
Are Body Fortress® products manufactured in accordance with cGMP standards?
Yes, Body Fortress® products are manufactured according to cGMP standards, as is required for all dietary supplements.
Did the Super Advanced Whey Protein formula change?
Yes, we simplified our delicious Super Advanced Whey Protein while maintaining the same quality and number of servings. Not only is our new and improved formula still 100% premium Whey with 60 grams of protein and 12 grams of BCAA’s in every two scoops, but it now includes vitamins C & D plus zinc to help support your immune system!
When is the best time of day to take whey protein?
“Whey protein is a great addition to your diet any time of the day. The most important time to take whey would be right after your workout, when your muscles need protein the most for recovery and to help build or maintain lean muscle.*
You can also try incorporating whey protein into your diet at the following times.
Drink along with your meal to increase the overall protein quality and content. You can also mix into oatmeal or add to recipes such as pancake and waffle mixes.
In Between Meals:
Keeps levels of amino acids elevated so your body doesn’t go into a catabolic state that may otherwise lead to muscle loss.*
To keep levels of amino acids elevated in your body while you sleep, add whey to your last meal or snack of the day.”
When is the best time for doing cardio – before a weight-training workout or after a weight-training workout? In the morning, or evening?
“Deciding when to do your cardio exercises really depends on your individual goals.
Building Lean Muscle
If your main goal is to build lean muscle, then you should limit the amount of cardio sessions you perform each week and try to do them on days when you are not weight-training. If you have to perform your cardio and weight-training workouts on the same day due to time constraints, then you should do your cardio exercise after weight-training. This will allow you to focus all of your energy on lifting before you are tired.
Improving Cardiovascular Fitness
If you are looking to improve your endurance or cardiovascular fitness, then you should do your cardio workouts before weight-training. This will ensure that you don’t deplete your energy stores needed for cardio from prior weight-training. If possible, perform your cardio workouts and weight-training workouts on different days.
Losing weight or body fat
Since cardio exercise generally burns more calories than weight-training, you’ll want to perform cardio exercise first so you can focus more of your energy on burning calories.
Morning vs. Evening
The most important factor to consider when deciding when to do cardio is what will fit best into your schedule. If you find that your schedule in the evening is often busy or always changing, than it is probably best to perform cardio in the morning to make sure you get it out of the way. However, if you are not a morning person than you’ll have to be honest with yourself and decide if you’ll really be able to commit to getting out of bed early to exercise.
If your main goal is to burn fat, you may want to consider exercising first thing in the morning when your carbohydrate stores are low. One study found that the total amount of fat burned during exercise and two hours afterwards was higher when subjects ate after exercising as opposed to before.1
1. Bennard, P. et al. Acute effects of exercise timing and breakfast meal glycemic index on exercise-induced fat oxidation. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2006 Oct;31(5):502-11.”