Hello to all bearded and non bearded friends and welcome back to another addition of Beauty and a Beard.
So this review is going to be focusing on a company that specialises in health and fitness supplements called MyProtein. Now this is a pretty big brand with a lot of well known ambassadors such as UFC star Michael Bisping and professional boxer Rocky Fielding, so you may be familiar with these guys and their products, but if not then do not fret because I have you covered!
So I’ll start with a quick rundown of why I’m doing this blog post. Firstly I used to be very into weight training and keeping healthy, for a good few years in fact, but like a lot of people I sort of got bored with the whole training and eating plans and thought ‘meh I can’t be bothered with this anymore’ and it sort of just phased out. But recently I’ve wanted to get back into it, partly because I do miss the whole training aspect but mainly because of self confidence issues. I have struggled quite a lot at times with my weight as I find it veryyyy difficult to put on and maintain weight unless I’m absolutely dedicated to it, which is tough to find the time with work etc but I’ve decided to get back to it.
And that leads me onto MyProtein. I found these guys after researching supplements that will be best for getting me back into training and I’m so glad I stumbled across this company in all honesty. I’ve been using their products roughly for about 2 months now and I won’t lie and say I’ve had a huge difference but it’s definitely getting there.
So, let’s get straight into the products shall we, because there’s quite a few to run through!
First off I’ll start with the Impact Whey Protein. Now this product is great for anybody struggling to hit their daily protein target, as it’s packed with 21grams per serving. This also comes in a fantastic variety of flavours such as your standard Vanilla, banana etc, to lemon cheesecake and chocolate brownie so there’s bound to be a flavour for everybody. I went for unflavoured on this though, as I like to stack it with other products (which I’ll go over shortly). It really is a plain taste depending on what you mix it with, which can be any preference of milk, or like me just standard water. This powder also mixes very well, a quick 60 second shake in a shaker and it’s done, no clumps, no leftover powder residue, just a clean cut drink.
I like to take this right before a workout and then at least 30 minutes afterwards when the body’s metabolism is at its best. Not only does this make a great pre and post workout shake, it also goes fantastically well in smoothies.
Currently priced at £11.84p for a 1kg pouch, it’s not only an overall great product, it’s also excellent value for money and I am noticing some size differences very early on so I’m excited to carry on with this product.
Next up we have the Creatine Monohydrate powder. For anybody who partakes in high intensity workouts etc then this is a great product to have in your cupboard. Not only does this supplement assist in an increase of power and performance in your workouts, it also helps to increase body mass.
For first time users of creatine it is suggested that a ‘loading phase’ be the starting point, which consists of 5 grams of creatine, 4 times a day for 5 days. After the loading phase is complete then you should ideally move onto the standard usage which consists of 5 grams a day at least. You do need to be careful not to exceed the recommend product dosage though, as too much creatine in your system is not a good thing!
Again I opted for unflavoured on this product, simply because I add it to my protein shake but it does come in different flavours such as tropical or sour raspberry.
Currently priced at £6.49p for a 500g pouch, this is definitely a must buy for what will definitely be an essential part of your training regime.
Now the next produxt which I will be diecussing is the BCAA powder. Now this comes in either powder form or tablets depending on your preference. The main benefits of BCAA (or Branch Chain Amino Acids) is that it helps to prevent muscle breakdown as it bypasses the whole slow digestion like whey etc and goes straight to the bloodstream. It has also been noted to help physical performance. So if you’re struggling to hit that calorie intake and you’re scared of losing any muscle gained then again add this product to your routine and you won’t regret it.
Currently priced at £19.49 for a 500g pouch, it is slightly more on the expensive side but for such an effective and essential supplement it is worth shelling out for. Again it does come in many flavours but again I opted for unflavoured for stacking with my other products.
Okay so I’m hoping you’re still here at this point, I mean I did say it would be an in depth review!
Now onto another supplement I like to add into the whey/creatine/bcaa shake, and that’s L glutamine. I wouldn’t say that this is an essential addition to your regime, but it does help to restore amino acid levels that are lost in workout and it does provide building blocks for new proteins which obviously helps in your muscle growth.
Again this comes in different flavours such as Berry Blast, and Orange etc but simple me went for unflavoured again. You can pick a 500g pouch up for £9.99 so this does steer back towards the reasonably priced side.
Now the great thing about MyProtein is that as well as providing an excellent range of supplements, they also do an amazing array of high protein snacks. And I’ll be very honest, I could spend a fortune on them. There’s such a wide variety of items to choose from and it would be impossible for me to list them all but I have tried a few and they are exceptional.
First off the chocolate brownies. My word. They have both standard chocolate or white chocolate and they are superb. They’re packed with 23 grams of protein and only 4 grams sugar so they’re perfect as an afternoon snack to boost the protein intake or even sliced into squares and mixed into your morning/afternoon porridge. You can pick these up individually or as a box of 12, so of course I bought the boxes.
Then we have the peanut butter. If like me you have a sweet tooth for peanut butter then you will love this. Packed with 30 grams of protein per 100g, it’s perfect for mixing into porridge, yoghurt, smoothies, literally everything. You can get a 1kg tub in either smooth, smooth cocount or crunchy. Trust me, it’s fantastic.
And last but by no means least is the protein pancake mix. This is just an absolute wonder for the perfect high protein breakfast. 34 grams of protein per serving (roughly 1 1/2 scoops), makes for a great boost on the daily intake. You can also get a variety of different sized pouches as well as flavours such as golden syrup and chocolate. They honestly taste amazing. I like to layer each pancake with the MP peanut butter and a drizzle of raspberry sauce. Heavenly.
And that my friends wraps up my MyProtein haul review! I know it was very extensive but to describe everything in detail and to save having multiple posts on each individual product I thought it be best to just have one HUGE post. Also just to be honest with you guys, I don’t claim to be an expert on supplements and weight gain products but I do know enough to be able to give a good insight into things. These are my personal experiences and obviously everybody differs in that respect but I guarantee you won’t be disappointed with this company. If you’re still unsure on wether these kind of products are for you then you can always do your own research as plenty of sites offer more in depth advice such as Men’s Health etc and you can always reach out to the guys over at MyProtein as they’re great with answering any doubts or giving advice.
Don’t just take my word on this though, be sure to check them out for yourselves. They have such a huge range of products as well as clothing etc and they also provide an excellent referal scheme where you can earn £10 for every person you refer to place an order (mine being here).As well as this they consistently have great offers on their products with huge discounts so it’s definitely worth a look.
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