UPDATE: I ran out of my standby AMP Wheybolic unexpectedly and needed to get some Whey so I ran to Wal-Mart to grab something cheap to hold me over before I could re-order. In the past Wal-Mart has had terrible choices for Whey (High Calories, low protein %) I noticed that there were many new choices including some whey isolates which typically have a higher protein percentage but can taste lousy. I discovered my NEW go-to protein the “Six Star Pro Nutrition Whey Isolate”. Details below.
One of the hardest things to get enough of when dialing in your nutrition is Protein, especially when on the Fat Shredder diet. Most people will find it very difficult to hit their Protein requirements for the day without supplementation. One of the best ways to get the additional protein is by adding Whey protein to you diet. I should note that Shakeology is a complete nutritional drink not just a protein shake. Comparing whey to Shakeology is comparing apples & oranges.
What should I look for in a good Whey protein?
In my opinion there are only 2 factors that matter when choosing Whey:
- Percentage of total calories that come from Protein
- Price $$
How do you calculate the % of calories of that come from Protein?
(Protein Grams x 4) / Total Calories
So if your total calories are 93 per scoop and there are 20 grams of protein then the % from protein is: (20*4) / Total Calories = 86%
The difficult thing is finding the highest percentage at the lowest price. Let’s look at the popular brands to see how they stack up.
Six Star Pro Nutrition Whey Isolate
I found this at Wal-Mart and it’s only $19.96 for the tub. With 30g of protein in only 140 calories that’s 85% protein! The taste is fantastic also. I add a scoop in my Shakeology monster shake and I also have one in my 8PM snack: 1 scoop whey, 8oz unsweetened almond milk and 1 tbsp of PB2 mixed in a shaker cup. It tastes so good I always drink it a little too fast LOL.
Amp Wheybolic Extreme 60
This is the Whey protein I used until just recently. The price is high but it contains 86% protein. This product is available at GNC and is $69.99 for a 3lb container when it’s not on sale 😮 I always wait until I can combine my GNC Gold Card and some type of sale so I can get the cost down to around $45 when I buy several at once.
Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard
The Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard is generally considered the Best Bang for your Buck. Amazon sells a 5lb container for $52.99. The percentage of protein is 80%. At a little over $10 a pound Gold Standard is hard to beat.
I used Pure Protein for a long time because I love the taste and it was readily available at Target for $20 for 2lbs. When I started really doing my due diligence and becoming educated on what I was putting in my body I discovered that Pure Protein is only 71% protein. There’s a reason it tastes so good, it’s filled with sugar LOL. I’d much rather get my calories for the day from other healthy foods.
Look for the whey Protein that has the highest percentage of protein at a dollar amount that you feel comfortable spending.
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