Everyone has an ideal body that they want to work for; males usually aspire to look like particular athletes or fitness models and the same thing can be said for females. There are also a large amount of females that step into the gym with no idea where to start; the reason for this is because the majority of attitudes linked to women stepping into a fitness suite are stuck in the 1950's. Historically, women did not have the right to exercise or share the same facilities as the men, but times have changed in the 21st century to the extent where in some gyms there are women only hours or even women-only areas to help women ease into their new lifestyle in a much more "comfortable environment". This is a good concept for gyms to adopt as it eases their minds , however eventually they should be encouraged to train amongst other men and women, and we will explain why.
The consumption of protein shakes can be quite a confusing topic of conversation especially for uneducated individuals that are easing into a new lifestyle. Now that isn't necessarily the fault of the individual and I will explain why. Cast your mind from primary school all the way through to secondary school; when was the topic of food supplementation ever brought to the table? The only thing we were taught in school was how to adopt a healthy lifestyle by avoiding smoking, taking part in at least 60 minutes of physical activity everyday and maintaining a balanced diet; don't get me wrong these are very important especially in a world today where 19.1% of year 6 children in the UK are obese (HSCIC, 2015). We must also state that whey itself is a complicated protein that has caused widespread confusion everywhere, so proper research from accredited sources (like I have done for this write up) must be done.
Before we concentrate exclusively on women we need to highlight the facts regarding protein shakes, unless you took an A level or a BTEC in sport or are an elite athlete yourself, then there is a chance that you lack the understanding on the different types of supplements that are out on the market; that is the key word as the aim of protein shakes is to "supplement the diet". Protein shakes are not magic powders that will instantly make one bulk up, this assumption might have come about because whey protein (the common form of protein found in tubs or sachets), has a high biological value compared to other proteins such as fish and soya; that means that more of the protein consumed is used for the muscle building process. Whey protein is easy to digest and when mixed with water it is absorbed into the bloodstream quicker. Below are a list of different protein sources and their respective absorption rates (Bilsborough & Mann, 2006).