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Protein supplements are, by far, the most popular category of supplements on the market. Conveniently providing high-quality protein, these products can easily be worked into your regular dietary routine in any number of ways.   But, along with that convenience, comes a pretty important question. How many times a day should you take protein supplements?   Not Just About Protein   The first thing to remember when discussing how to properly use protein supplements is that they are just suppleme...

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People tend to view sleep as a time of complete inactivity, during which your body is simply resting from the previous day. Perhaps because of this perceived slow-down, some individuals are hesitant to eat anything soon before bed for fear that it will somewhat automatically get packed away as fat.   Here's the thing, though: that's not an accurate picture of sleep. And, because of this false impression, many are losing out on the true benefits of micellar casein – a sometimes overlooked milk...

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Nutrition, like most aspects of health and fitness is a pretty complex topic. Often things are made much more confusing than they have to be – thanks in large part to the overwhelming amount of theories and blatant misinformation that bombard us daily.   Take, for example, the issue of protein distribution. Is it better to load most of your protein into just one meal? Or should your daily protein intake be spread out evenly over the course of the day? Does it even matter?   To Load or Not To ...

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There are tons of different companies selling protein powders and – of course – each claims to have some distinct advantage.   But Naked Nutrition works hard to guarantee the absolute best product available and, to prove it, we're going to compare our protein powders with some of the others out there.   This week: Impact Whey Protein by Myprotein.   Sourcing   The first thing you should consider when comparing two different proteins is exactly where their protein comes from. Unfortunately, th...

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It's probably pretty safe to assume that you take whey protein powder because you know that it's good for you. You likely do not even consider the idea that whey could be hurting you in some way.   The sad – and dangerous – truth, though, is that many whey proteins are doing exactly that. How? What's the potential danger of taking whey? What can you do to keep yourself safe?   Hidden Ingredients   In 2010, trusted watchdog magazine Consumer Reports performed a detailed analysis of 15 popular ...

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Whey protein is the best-selling protein powder, but many people are satisfied to use it without knowing what makes it so great.   We’re going to breakdown the effects whey protein has on your body, and what to look for when shopping for a quality whey protein.   Number 1: Whey Supports Fat Loss   Whey protein supports fat loss in two major ways:   1. It improves metabolism through muscle building  2. It boosts an antioxidant called glutathione that protects cells and speeds muscular repair. ...

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Generally, when people look at the nutrition and ingredient information on a tub of whey protein, they're pretty much concerned with once thing: the protein content. And, really, this makes sense. After all, it is a protein supplement.   Knowing this, manufacturers do all they can to up the concentration of that all-important macronutrient in hopes of attracting and keeping customers. There's a pretty significant problem with this approach, though.   Whey is about much more than protein. Or, ...

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Let's just start with this: All whey protein powders are not created equal.   Manufacturers generally start with low-quality whey, which is then over-processed and finally filled with a host of harmful or unnecessary additives – stuffing the tub with something that only barely resembles the original ingredient.   So, when you're selecting a whey protein powder, what should you look for?   Grass-fed   The majority of dairy cows in the United States are fed processed grains instead of grass – a...

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At first, it would seem like whey protein would be a fairly straightforward topic, right? I mean, it's the nutrient-rich, liquid portion of milk. Pretty easy stuff.   When you look at your options, though, there are tons of different variations of whey, all claiming superiority. Often, the difference here comes down to processing.   After all, how does a white, slightly bitter liquid go to that powder in your tub? What are some of the procedures that whey goes through? Why does it matter?   I...

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When it comes to whey protein, you have three main choices: whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate and whey protein hydrolysate. Although they all begin life the same way, each of these options is processed in different ways and, therefore, offers a slightly different end-product.   In this post, however, we're going to focus specifically on whey protein isolate.   What, exactly, is it? How does it differ from the other whey offerings? Most pressingly, should you be taking it?   Where...

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