25 June 2014

Girls and Protein: Protein Shakes Aren't Just For Boys!

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What comes to mind when you think of protein shakes?  Body builders?  Athletes?  Boys?  I'm sure many of you girls don't exactly picture yourself gulping down protein shake after protein shake after a long, hard workout.  But here's the thing; if you work out regularly and are determined to lose a bit of weight, or simply tone up, protein shakes may be just the thing for you!  So the spirit of us girls working hard to get the perfect summer bod, here are some reasons why, we too, could benefit from knocking back those lovely protein filled shakes:

Contrary to what many of girls believe, not all protein shakes will make you gain weight:
We've all heard that god forsaken word associated with protein shakes... 'gainers'.  And most of us do  not want to be putting something that is referred to as a 'gainer' into our beautiful bodies.  Yes, it's true that some protein shakes will make you pile on the pounds, but that's because they are designed this way.  They are for the boys that need all those calories for extra muscle gain.  And we want to avoid them!  Obviously!

What we are looking for is a protein shake that is relatively low in calories.  You can find many different brands that that contain around 100 calories or less which is perfect!

I use the brand My Protein, which I love as it only has 98.3 calories (20g of protein per shake). It's actually the lowest in calories I have been able to find, so I would definitely recommend it in that aspect.  At the end of the post, I will include a mini review to let you know my thoughts on this particular brand.

For us girls who exercise regularly, protein can help us achieve a toned body:
Incorporating protein shakes into your diet can be extremely beneficial in helping you out with that beautifully toned body you have always longed for.

A quick biology lesson here; protein is used for growth and repair.  When we workout, we get lots of tiny tiny rips in our muscles.  This is one of the reasons why our muscles hurt after exercise.  So, we need to repair these rips, and taking in enough protein is so important for this!  The protein basically directs the muscle cells to replicate, repairing the rips.  As there are more cells, our muscle size will be increased!

Wow, I felt like I was back in A-Level Biology writing out that little paragraph!  So exactly how much protein should you be getting in your diet?  If your a fairly active girl, you should be aiming to get 1 - 1.5g for every kg of your body weight.  That's 60 - 90g if you weigh 60kg, which seems rather a lot, I know!  You can see how useful protein shakes could be in aiding your protein intake each day.

Oh, and one final point about having a toned body; having a higher mass of toned muscle actually helps with weight loss and will contribute to increasing your metabolism!

Protein and it's beauty benefits:
It's no secret that protein is vital for the health of our skin, hair and nails.  Making sure that you are taking in enough protein each day will definitely help the condition and growth rate of your hair and nails.  It will also lead to lovely, glowing, blemish free skin that many of us can only dream of!

On a more serious note, there are some factors you have to consider before you delve into the world of protein.  If you are getting enough protein from your regular diet already, there is no need to splash out on protein shakes!  Too much protein can actually be dangerous for our bodies, and could increase our risk of developing kidney and heart problems, as well as nutrient deficiencies.

Please don't let that little section worry you though.  I don't want you too be obsessively counting every single gram of protein every day now!  You'd have to regularly take in very high quantities of protein for that to be relevant!

Now for the question I bet many of you have been wondering.  Which protein do I go for?  There's so many too chose from!  Well, one of the main reasons I went for My Protein is, as I mentioned earlier, because their shakes have only 98.3 calories, which is lower than most others I found.  Even the shakes that are specifically designed for women (more on them later).

I also decided that I wanted to go for Whey Protein, which My Protein provide.  There are so many benefits to taking Whey Protein, including that of weight loss (which I'm sure most of us are expecting to achieve from this!).  I'll let you discover more of the benefits yourself.

My Protein also offer a choice of SO many different flavours.  There is literally so many, I was in ore when I first checked them out.  I've found no other brand to offer a variety of flavours like this.  If you don't believe me, go and look for yourself!

As well as their awesomely large option of flavours (which all sound delicious, might I add), I thought the price that they offer the protein powder for was very reasonable.  It is the cheapest that I have found on the internet so far, especially compared to the protein shakes that are advertised for women.  When I started researching said shakes, I was initially going to go for one specifically designed for us girls.  But after more and more research, I realized I would basically be paying a lot of extra money just for the pretty pink packaging and the fact that they claim it's specifically designed for women!  No thanks!

And just in case you were wondering, I drink one protein shake a day after I have exercised!  Well, the best time to take protein is straight after that hard workout of yours!

What are you thoughts on us girls drinking protein shakes?

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Disclaimer: This post has not been sponsored, nor was I asked to write it.  I also paid for the all products with my own money (before I even thought about starting a blog!)



  1. Couldn't have put it better myself! I've recently been getting into protein shakes and this post is a great read! :)

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  2. Thank you so much for your comment on my blog <3
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  3. I have never tried protein shakes before. As you said, I have been worried about them making me gain weight. But I don't think I really get enough protein so may be tempted to try them out. Great post! xo

    EmsAlice // Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

    1. I'm the same, I find it so hard to get 60g of protein in my meals! They are also good to have as a snack as they are so filling!

  4. I prefer natural protein and healthy food.
    But I agree we all need proteins. :-)

  5. I've never tried protein shakes, partly because so many people I know have said they taste vile (could just be the ones they have), but I think I might give them a go


    1. You should! Maybe they got the unflavoured one! I heard that tastes pretty bad... I have the cookies and cream and it tastes alright but I probably would go for a different flavour next time. My boyfriend has the chocolate one and it tastes SO GOOD just like milkshake :)

  6. I knew drinking protein shakes weren't too bad for girls! I just need to start exercising more regularly!

    Jen xx

  7. I really want to tone up and always wondered about protein shakes. Thanks for clearing it up for me, looks like I'll be trying it out


  8. I love My Protein! You can even make pancakes and all sort of healthy yummy stuff!

  9. As a vegetarian, protein shakes are a must for me!


  10. I'm actually really interested in this, I could do with building some actual muscle. I've been tempted by protein bars but was fearful as going down the same path as Regina George in Mean Girls :')

    //teandtwosugars.blogspot.com xx

    1. Haha this made me laugh! Yep, the thought of protein bars is quite off putting after Regina! Low cal protein shakes are all good tho!

  11. I'm so glad I read this post as I regularly work out and go to the gym but have never thought of trying out a protein shake. It is true that you don't think of it as something girls would do and I'm really glad I know your perspective about it because all of it is true and I should try one as well after a long workout.


  12. What a great post!

  13. i do exercise without protein shkaes, but I should drink this, too :) I`m glad if you visit my blog, too <3


  14. such a cool post, thanks for sharing!
    Emma xx

  15. Nice this post!


  16. Hello lovely, thank you for the sweet comment on my blog, I really appreciate it! :)

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  17. Ohhh I really need to start drinking protein shakes! They look yummy. Lovely informative post sweetie!


  18. I never actually tried one myself, but I heard so many good things about them! :D
    Would you like to follow each other? I'm following you from now! :D


  19. I train five times a week but have always been scared to use protein shakes haha! This has given me a good insight into the benefits of them :) thank you for your comment on my blog.. I'm a new bloglovin' follower xo


  20. Thanks so much for sharing! I have really gotten back into my gym routine and I was looking for ways to up the protein without adding a bunch of calories! This seems perfect!

    xo, N

  21. Awesome tips darling! I never realized the benefits of protein shakes <3
    Sounds like a perfect easy meal xoxoox

  22. Great post!! I have been using protein powder for a while because I find it easiest just to make a quick smoothie in the morning and add some protein powder so it's not just kale and almond milk in there :)

  23. great post, I have used protein before and dont see a problem with girls using it. There is just an awful lot of stereotypes out there. . I love you blog the design is so chic , have just followed blog lovin cant wait to read more!

    Gaby x


  24. I do think girls can drink protein shakes - they are so good for muscles and general health! They tend to throw my stomach off a bit, not sure why, though it has been awhile since I've had one and I've stopped drinking milk since then so that's probably why! Sorry bit of a tangent there, but great post - have followed you on BL :) xx

    Jasmin Charlotte

  25. love this! really helpful, and im loving the rest of your blog too - now following you on gfc, bloglovin and insta, keep it up xx


  26. I've been hearing a lot about protein recently from fitness bloggers, may start giving it a go! Another thing I've been doing post work out is having a green smoothie with kale and fruit in it, looks disgusting but is pretty good for you! xx

    ☾ Liquorice Pearls ☾

  27. I have to admit i've always been sceptical about protein shakes for weight gain so i haven't really looked into this sort of thing but i definitely will now!
    lots of love ♥ | Jennifers Journal x

  28. Always refreshing to see other girls on protein shakes! I also use myprotein and it's a great company! I have the choco-nut flavour protein shake (mmm hazelnut chocolate!). It really does help you achieve more from your workouts




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