There used to be a time when I would go round telling people they needed protein shakes to supplement their diet and OMG! Raised eyebrows everywhere! People would preach how you can get all you need from food and that protein shakes are a waste of money.
How times have changed! Nowadays tell any gym user that they may not “need” protein supplements and another kind of OMG happens! You could get lynched!
Protein is everywhere: shakes, bars, RTDs, cookies, candy, popcorn etc etc
I started this article with the heading, do you really need protein supplements, so I intend to address it. I am not writing this article to please anyone or to tell you what you want to hear. This article is the reality as I have seen it, having been in the sports nutrition industry for over 25 years.
Do you really need protein supplements
The answer really depends on a lot! What does it depend on, you ask? Here:
- Your goals and the speed you want to achieve them.
- Whether you are a meat-eater or a vegetarian/vegan.
- Your genes! Yes, your genes/ blood type can control what sort of protein you actually need and how your body utilises it (but that’s another article!).
- Your training schedule and how hard you are training.
- Your stress levels. For example, if you are highly stressed, you may want to lay off red meat for a while, in which case you may need protein supplementation.
- The frequency of your meals and portions.
- Your digestive system and metabolism.
- What other supplements you may be taking. For example, if you are taking a supplement that increases the efficiency of how your body deposits protein, then you may not need more protein.
- Health issues. For example, if you have digestive troubles and food passes through you faster than other people, then you may need more protein.
The above is a small list! I am sure you just want an answer, so I will summarise. If you are a normal person, training hard, say 3-4 times a week and you are a meat-eater and eat meat at least twice a day, then chances are you don’t “need” protein supplements. I say “need”, in that supplementation can probably make a “marginal difference” to your gains.
Now, I know what you are thinking! “Hey, this dude’s company sells protein shakes and he is saying you don’t need them!”. That is not what I am saying. What I am saying is that if you have a good meat-based diet and you are not exactly a competitive bodybuilder and your budget is limited, you don’t really need protein supplements. Yes, they can make a difference to your gains but having worked with thousands of bodybuilders over the years, I would argue that you can get just as good gains if you had a good normal diet.
By a good normal diet, I mean where you eat proteins in the morning such as eggs, meats; where you eat proteins at lunch and at dinner. If you want to take extra protein and you don’t have the budget, then get some lactose-free milk and drink that at night!
If you have the budget and you don’t want to leave anything to chance, then take a protein shake once or twice a day but as I already said, for most normal meat-eaters, this is not necessary. If you are a vegetarian/vegan and you don’t know what you are doing with regards to protein, then you will need to supplement with protein shakes if you want to get huge (probably!).
So should you leave this site and save your money?
Not quite. Let’s say you have $100 to spend and you really want to get huge or very muscular or you want to lose a ton of weight. Now that I have given you the truth about whether you need protein shakes or not, I will tell you what would be a wise thing to do!
You would be much better off spending your $100 on capsules which contain active ingredients that you can otherwise never find in food (unlike protein) - not in sufficient quantities to make any difference anyway. These are the actives found in LA Muscle’s unique capsules.
Whether you are taking a medicine or Pharma Grade supplements, capsules have a real ability to change your body’s physiology. The right capsules can make such a huge difference in so many ways. Here are some ways a capsule can affect your body in ways that protein supplements can only dream of:
- Capsules can increase Testosterone
- Capsules can increases IGF-1 factors
- Capsules can increase Growth Hormone
- Capsules can speed up your metabolism to burn more fat
- Capsules can break down fatty deposits
- Capsules can change your brain chemistry to make you feel good
- Capsules can provide more oxygen and nutrients to your cells
- Capsules can trigger your body to use protein more efficiently
…the list goes on. When it comes to your money and supplements, I am on your side! Sure, I want to sell you more supplements and I want you to buy from LA Muscle and keep returning to get better results, but I will never BS you and sell you stuff for the sake of it. Any LA Muscle customer that has dealt with us for a long time (and we have been around since 1997!) will know that LA Muscle was started and continues to thrive on sound, ethical and logical principles.
What you read on LA Muscle’s website or literature may not be the same as what others will preach but we are not here to conform. LA Muscle is here to educate in the CORRECT way and to provide you with supplements no other company can give you.
LA Muscle has its own multi-million pound R&D centre. All supplements are our own formulations. Unlike others, LA Muscle does not buy and re-label generic supplements. LA Muscle often gets criticised because what we say goes against others, or that we are not cheap or that some ingredients are too low or too high or this or that.
There is a reason for everything we do. Some ingredients are low because too much of them will harm you. If others invested in R&D, they would know that! Some are too high because you need them high to kick-start things and that is also why we advise you not to take some supplements for more than 2 months at a time.
LA Muscle is not cheap because the ingredients that are put into every capsule are not cheap! If you want the best, you don’t want to be short-changed, do you? And you are not going to believe us if we tell you Norateen Heavyweight II is suddenly only £20! This supplement can never be £20 because the actives that go in it are extremely expensive.
Do yourself a favour and be wise with your money
If you have a set budget, I personally recommend that you take a capsule supplement from LA Muscle to make a dramatic difference to your body. You will get results fast, you will save and you will thank LA Muscle for it.
When I feel small or feel like I want to look bigger (it happens!), my first port of call is always Norateen Heavyweight II. When I want to go to the beach in the summer, I will always take Fat Stripper and Six Pack Pill. I never think “oh, I want to get huge so let me take some protein shakes!”.
If you want to get big, take some of LA Muscle’s muscle building capsules.
If you want to lose weight, take some of LA Muscle’s fat burning capsules.
I am happy to answer any questions you have at any time. Unlike other big supplement companies, LA Muscle has never lost touch with its core customers and in over 20 years, I have always been around to answer questions. Most other big supplements companies have sold on to big conglomerates or private equity and they just care about profit. I challenge you to find the email of the owner/ director of any of the other big supplements companies and if you do, see if you get an answer back. They are all too busy and important to answer their customers.
I care about giving you the best supplements money can buy and giving you results in super-fast time with exceptional customer service. If you want to contact me, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org - This email address has never changed and I will always answer you.
Here’s to you achieving the results you desire as has been the case with millions of LA Muscle customers since 1997!
Yours in Training
Founder, LA Muscle