I first learned about the value of whey protein drinks from the book The New York Body Plan by David Kirsch which I read in 2006. In it, the famous celebrity trainer talked about the high-protein content of most whey protein drinks without the unnecessary addition of fat.
Although Kirsch didn’t mention any brands, he did give some guidelines in choosing the best kind of whey protein products available in the market today. For optimum results, he advised that one should look for a product that can deliver at least 24 grams of protein and a total fat of less than 3 grams.
It was around this time that I came to know about Optimum Nutrition (ON) Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein. Most of the fitness buffs I know of, both men and women, take this and recommend this particular product highly.
Optimum Nutrition Whey Protein in Double Rich Chocolate
What I love about Optimum Nutrition is the fact that it fulfills Kirsch’s guidelines to a tee! Each rounded scoop delivers 24 grams of protein with a measly 1 gram of fat. ON also prides itself in combining whey protein isolates, the purest form of whey protein that exists, and Hydrowhey hydrolyzed whey peptides which are the best whey proteins recommended by the industry today.
Another important factor for me is the price. Optimum Nutrition is much more affordable than the other whey protein drinks I’ve tried from Healthy Options. I remember buying several of their whey protein products for around Php 1,200 for a mere 300 gram can. That was why when I discovered that a 5 pound tub of Optimum Nutrition Whey Protein only costs Php 2500, I quickly changed brands and have stayed with it for 6 years now.
Optimum Nutrition Whey Protein in Vanilla Ice Cream
Can you believe that I even drank whey protein all throughout my pregnancy? My OB GYN even approved of it as long as I chose the variant without any cocoa in it. That’s exactly why I deviated from my usual Double Rich Chocolate Flavor to Vanilla Ice Cream which I wasn’t a big fan of. If you’re wondering why I needed protein drinks at all, well, it’s because I’m extremely allergic to fish, eggs/ chicken and since I needed a great amount of protein during pregnancy, I resorted to whey protein drinks to help me attain my daily protein requirement.
According to Kirsch, if someone’s trying to lose weight, the best way to consume whey protein is as a meal replacement and not as an adjunct to regular meals. I have to agree with him 101%. Months ago, I tried consuming protein shakes as an addition to my regular meals. The result? Weight gain which wasn’t my goal at all. But when I resorted back to how I consumed it before my pregnancy, which was as a meal replacement during breakfast or dinner and a recovery drink after my workouts, I saw the weight loss results that I’ve been wanting to see.
In a nutshell, two protein drinks a day are enough for me. I just try to eat protein from other sources in my other meals. Just in case you’re wondering, girls won’t develop big, bulky muscles just because of whey protein drinks. That’s a big misconception. On the other hand, you’ll have stronger and healthier muscles because of whey protein and will have a greater chance of achieving your ideal weight if you consume it properly.
For better understanding, here’s Optimum Nutrition’s Guidelines:
“Consume approximately 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight per day through a combination of high protein foods and protein supplements. For best results, consume your daily protein allotment over several small meals spread evenly throughout the day.”
I remember Kirsch mentioning that the best way to power up an already energizing whey protein drink is to add flaxseed. Since the most affordable flaxseed I can grab hold of is Whole Ground Flaxseed Meal from Healthy Options, I decided to add in two tablespoons of this powerful product into every scoop of my whey protein drink.
What’s Good About Flaxseed Anyway?
Flaxseed is rich in fiber so much so that just two tablespoons of flaxseed meal delivers 4 grams of fiber found in 1 1/2 cups of cooked oatmeal!
It also has a high level of lignans needed by the body to bind circulating substances that might promote unchecked cell growth. In fact, just 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal is comparable to eating about 30 cups of fresh broccoli!
The icing on the cake is that flaxseed meal is a rich source of alpha-linolenic acid, the plant version of omega-3s. One serving of flaxseed meal which is about 2 tablespoons, contain 2,400 milligrams of omega-3.
Both whey protein drinks and flaxseed meal are an acquired taste. Truth is, I’m the only one in my family who consumes both products regularly. But I have to tell you honestly, that ever since I combined whey protein drinks and flaxseed meal with a diet low in refined carbs plus a regular exercise program, I’ve experienced faster weight loss, better toned muscles and what most women aspire for which is better skin.
Where to Buy Optimum Nutrition:
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Php 2,500 for a 5.17 pound tub
Php 1,500 for a 2 pound tub