I use MyProtein products quite a lot, so thought I’d do a post on some of the things I’ve been using recently. This isn’t a sponsored post and I bought all these products myself FYI. (Also, apologises if photo sizing is off. I had a mare with this post).
Firstly, I don’t believe you need supplements as a standard in your life to be fit and healthy (or to lose weight). A good varied diet should be all you need really. Get enough rest, hydrate, don’t overexercise and generally be sensible. But life isn’t always that simple and I like to make sure I get enough of the stuff I really need which I don’t believe I get regularly.
So supplement-wise, from MyProtein this is what I have:
The capsules provide 760mg omega-3 for every 1000mg tablet. Omega 3 is an important staple for your health, especially your heart. You can buy Omega 3 supplements from loads of places but I like these ones as they’ve removed environmental pollutants, such as heavy metals, dioxins and pesticides. I take one a day with my breakfast.
I also take ZMA supplements, which are a combination of zinc and magnesium and vitamin B6. I started taking zinc and magnesium when I was given some free samples at work. Now this might be entirely placebo, but I believe they help me recover. I’ve been running a lot of miles and adding speedwork and I found adding this to my diet helps me sleep better and feel more rested.
I would have re-bought the Wiggle variety but as I was buying things from MyProtein anyway I decided to go with this version. I take these first thing in the morning when I wake up, a few hours before I have breakfast (they have to be taken on an empty stomach).
This is really inessential for working out, I’ll just say that now. However I like to use it. If you’re unfamiliar with what BCAA’s are they’re branched-chain amino acids which is supposed to inhibit the breakdown of muscle cells. So when I workout fasted in the morning I don’t want my muscles to breakdown because they’re not as adequately fuelled. Though that said, I tend to eat a lot in an evening and I workout quite early. It’s also supposed to reduce muscle soreness and fatigue. But basically I like to put this in my water as it tastes now and if it helps it helps. HOWEVER, this variety I would honestly say is not great.
It doesn’t mix well at all and the taste (I went for tropical flavour) is like really watery squash. I’m basically trying to work my way through it quickly. I will go back to the one I really liked from Amazon, which is called Scivation Xtend BCAA’s. It mixes better and it tastes lush.
The other MyProtein product I use on a daily basis is their Impact Whey protein. I don’t believe you need to use protein powder in order to build muscles or to be healthy, but it does help top up how much protein you eat. I like to eat around 1g protein per bodyweight – this is purely just going off the really generic rules I’ve read about. I don’t track my food or count macros on a regular basis but I did see what an average few days was like for me and found that adding in some protein powder to my very carb-heavy porridge breakfast in a morning helped bump it up a bit. I also find it keeps me fuller (as protein is more satiating I find than carbs).
So I add a scoop of the Impact Whey Protien to my oats, then add the milk, give it a good stir (it takes a bit more time to stir all the powder in) and the cook it like I cook normal porridge. I love stodgy porridge and find it helps make it a bit thicker. Also, you can go crazy with different flavours. I do love plain porridge but it’s a nice addition I find. The flavours I’ve tried and loved are Chocolate Smooth (not overly sweet, quite a nice gentle flavour), Cinnamon Danish (more sweet and not crazy cinnamon-y but a nice hint), Marzipan (literally my absolute favourite), Salted Caramel (sweet with a slight salt hint) and Birthday Cake (which isn’t really a British flavour, it’s basically just vanilla sweet with sprinkles in
For one 25g scoop you get around 100 calories, 1-2g carbs and 19-21g protein dependent on the flavour. So a good addition to my breakfast.
What I will say though is, for all the many many years I’ve been having porridge for breakfast I still manage to cock it up. Don’t get distracted when it’s in the microwave!
Do you take any supplements?
Do you know how much protein you eat?
Where is your main protein source from?
9 Replies to “My Protein review – supplements and whey protein”
I’ve used My Protein in the past and really liked their protein powders for an affordable protein boost. I’m veggie and definitely don’t get enough protein from my diet so do find shakes / bars useful, even though I know its better to get protein from “real” food!
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Oh yeah I imagine it’s great for vegetarians! I like to make sure I hit enough protein – it’s the only “macro” I care about really.
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That’s interesting about the zinc needing to be taken on an empty stomach. I take a vegan multivitamin from Holland and Barrett (I tried a different one recently but it didn’t have the range of vitamins in it)- it has zinc in it, but I take it with breakfast when I remember (every other day ish as a back up). It also has vitamin D which I am glad about as I read recently that we would only get enough from sunlight being outside with arms and legs exposed for a couple of hours between 11 and 2 or something, in the summer, and never in the winter as the sunlight is too weak, so it doesn’t hurt to make sure I get some through a vitamin.
I feel your pain with the porridge- last winter I somehow managed to make it boil over in the microwave which had never happened before as I weigh out the ingredients and always cook it for the same amount of time- no idea what happened with it but it happened for several days in a row- such a pain to clean up too!
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Yes same with the porridge! It’s like exactly the same each time and sometimes it will just decide to bubble over. Ahh well.
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I will be adding a BCAA supplement to my diet to consume during my workout.
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Of those you’ve mentioned, I use Omega 3 and whey. I take creatine, pre-workout, and electrolytes as well. I usually buy my supplements from Myprotein too.
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