If anything, creatine is about the only supplement you should buy, and not buy protein.
Protein is chicken, protein is meat. If you eat these things, why would you buy expensive powder protein?
supplemental whey protein is an luxury item in building an impressive physique and its certainly NOT a supplement…imo. [/quote]
What?? No. Man I really like you, but you are way off base here. Solid food is 100% critical yes. Good nutrition yes. But solid protein food choices are slow to digest and depending on where you live hard or expensive to get enough of. Whey protein is markedly faster in the workout window, meaning it accelerates recovery processes over just solid foods. And further, if it’s expensive to get to 1g per lb of bodyweight in protein every day, whey is cheap and fast to increase your protein intake.
A glass of water or milk also takes much less space in your stomach than a solid steak so you can fit more calories in.
I view it as a food, not a supplement. Much more essential than a supplement. Perhaps when it was brand new 40-50 years ago, unflavored and practically impossible to eat, then yes. But with the modern availability of it, sweeteners to keep the bitterness out, and it’s convenience…absolutely essential to me.[/quote]
I couldn’t agree with you more. I consume 1-2 two shakes daily for all the reasons you pointed out, however, that wasn’t my point.
My point was, if it truly is that expensive(and this term is relative of course), and I could only buy one, I would buy the creatine.
I stand by the opinion that supplemental whey protein is not necessity, but I still use supplemental whey protein every day, myself.