The popularity of gyms is such that nearly every town in the UK has a selection of gyms to choose from—including places that are open to members 24 hours a day. Why anyone would want to go to the gym for a work out at 2 in the morning is beyond this observer, but the option is there and it isn't a flash in the pan. Alongside the gyms we have seen more and more products hit the market that are specifically designed to be used in conjunction with exercise.
In light of this, it should come as little surprise that there is now a 'protein beer'! Muscle Food has recently begun promoting their very own 'Barbell Brew', a beer that contains over 20g of protein. The beer has also been designed to have a third less calories than typical beer and a whopping 85% less carbohydrate. This is in particular will delight gym-goers—beer has always been empty calories, but it is the carbohydrate that makes it so bad for weight-loss regimes. Its absence is a big deal. It will seem very strange to some, but it could actually be good for you to follow your workout with a nice cold beer.
The most common type of protein available is in the form of powder and has been around since the late 1950s. Nowadays there are countless different brands, sizes and types of protein powder to make into post and pre-gym shakes. There are three different types of protein, all working a little differently. The three categories are known as isolate, hydrolysate and concentrate. They are separated by quality—a term called 'bioavailability', basically how well the protein can be absorbed and used by the body. Good quality protein can be used very efficiently and thus be used to build and repair muscle very effectively.
There are obviously also many foods which can be used instead of protein shakes—food that is already high in protein and low in fat and carbohydrates are best. Possibly the greatest protein-heavy food is eggs, which contain 6g of protein each and all 20 amino acids that your body needs. Eggs are also incredibly versatile in cooking, and an egg-based dish can be whipped up by even the most amateurish chefs amongst us. Coming in at a close second is milk, which is available from almost every store in the UK and contains more than one type of protein. This is also true of yoghurt, and adding fruit to it means you get the sugars your body craves after a heavy workout.
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