It’s Not Terri’s – It’s My(Protein)

Okay, I’m going to be the first to admit – I always, always bashed this protein diet trend. I just didn’t get it. I’ve seen so many people going mad for protein, like it’s going out of fashion. But at work I sit next to the chaps from Myprotein and keep overhearing and learning more about high protein diets and you know what? I’ve completely changed my tune.

I thought protein was just a thing to show off about, like seriously, all these people on Facebook and Instagram with their protein pancakes and flashing about with their fancy shaker bottles. I was just thinking ”Why don’t you just eat some more chicken, mate?” but now I’ve learnt that it’s not just about eating chicken, there’s actually a point to this protein lark after all.

I’ve been going to the gym for a few years now, and never actually noticed a notable difference to my body or fitness levels. I mix up my routine (although currently my routine is the one where you don’t go and sit at home instead) and just end up feeling and looking the same. My measurements haven’t changed in all this time, but I do feel that with the aid of Pizza Fridays I’d end up piling on a few pounds instead of maintaining my current size if I didn’t go the gym at all!

So anyway, I got my mitts on some protein samples via work and thought I’d see if they encourage me to go the gym properly again. You know, like when you buy some new leggings to make you go to the gym, so you do go for a few weeks, then don’t for a bit, then buy some more leggings to make you go again; a vicious little circle of spending and sweating I guess. Well the protein is my *new leggings* right now, and they’re going to be put to use and I’m going to see if this time, I notice a difference in my gym efforts.

I’m not looking to lose weight as such, I mean, I don’t even own scales. But I will be keeping an eye on how things start to fit and how much of a definition I start to see. A high protein diet can aid weight loss thought and I am getting to the age where a bit more rump is storing in my trunk. The way protein shakes and supplements work is that your body has to work harder to digest the protein, so your body burns more calories, whilst also helping you to keep fuller for longer. It’s quite interesting when you read in to it (oh, stop yawning). You also have a shake when you’ve finished at the gym to repair your muscles, but I guess most people know that little fact anyway. As I hardly ever buy meat at home, I don’t really eat a diet which contains an adequate amount of protein already, so having a shake or two definitely won’t do me any harm.
With my staff discount, I also bought a big bag of Impact Diet Whey Protein in Strawberry Shortcake flavour, so I can try it out as a meal replacement for breakfast and coffee in the morning. I say meal replacement, but I actually never eat breakfast. My breakfast is usually a cup of coffee on the journey to work. I thought that as the Impact Diet Whey Protein contains green tea, it would act as breakfast and also give me a little boost of energy which I need in the morning. So far, so good and I’m hoping to get back in to a gym routine in the coming week now the evenings are getting lighter. I also managed to get hold of a recipe book full of protein recipes, and I’m not going to lie, they look pretty tasty. Protein Panna Cotta?! 
I will report back in a few weeks, when my arms are akin to Popeye and let you know if I feel like protein has made any difference in my life. But for now, I’m feeling like it’s the trick I’ve been missing during my two year gym membership. 

Also, if you’re looking to get your mitts on some protein, they’ve got a pretty snazzy Voucher Code page.