Best Protein Shakes For Men and Women 🍼👫💪

Best Protein Shakes For Men and Women 🍼👫💪

At Fitness to Diet we take reviewing products and supplements seriously. This is why our testing is always done in house with our very own guinea pigs, our writers. Over the last 6 weeks Bavinder, Laura, Malik, and I have undergone rigorous testing to truly understand which are the best protein shakes for men, the best protein shakes for women and everything in between.

To crown the ‘best ofs’ we rated the Taste, the Nutritional Content, Mixability, and Value for Money. The whole team regularly exercise in a variety of sports, ranging from Weight Lifting, Yoga, and Rugby, to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Badminton, and Skateboarding. We all supplement with different brands, but for this testing, we stuck to our assigned protein shake brands.

Best Protein Shakes For Men

Our research prior to the 6 week study showed the men typically sought after a protein powder that provided them not only with a high protein content, but additional nutrients and vitamins to supplement hypertrophy, strength, and explosive sports activities. In addition to this, some level of recovery aid to further act as a catalyst to faster recovery of muscle soreness.

Unless you’re looking for a complete meal replacement protein shake, typically a lean source of protein powder per scoop is expected. Low carbohydrates and sugar, and a high quantity of protein powder. Moreover, the ability to ingest protein quickly and therefore recovery quicker can be achieved using a better source of protein. In our case we looked at whey protein isolate.

This brings us to our winner, a long-time player in the protein powder scene with a solid reputation and brand name to back it up.

Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey

With almost 3,000 reviews on Amazon and a 4.3 out of 5 rating, it’s difficult not to crown this the all time best protein shake for men. A multitude of high-quality flavours to choose from including the classics: ‘Cookies & Cream’, ‘Double Rich Chocolate’, ‘Rocky Road’, and more recently ‘Caramel Toffee Fudge’ and more!

ON Whey Protein comes with a whopping 24g of protein per scoop, and roughly 120 calories in each scoop. A typical 200lb male might have a scoop pre and then post workout to ensure maximum muscle protein synthesis. Although slightly more expensive than those from MyProtein or Bulk Powders, ON Whey comes with 5g of BCAA’s and 4g of Glutamine - the sought after supplement to aid in recovery (Source).

Our research showed very high ratings for mixability, value for money, and overall taste. Backed by a long and stable brand, there are few reasons not to choose Optimum Nutrition.

Best Protein Shakes For Men
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5 Stars)
-Evander Armstrong

Best Protein Shakes For Women

From our research, protein shakes for women are typically marketed towards a lower calorie or lower carb nutrient content as well as alternatives to your standard whey protein, such as pea protein, vegan, or hemp.

Gone are the days where protein shakes and powders were targeted towards male bodybuilders in a rough house, back alley gym. In more recent years the diversity of protein powders has grown massively and caters to a multitude of different needs.

Our research on the best protein shakes for women conducted by Laura Oswald indicated that women prefer more natural ingredients, fewer additives, and were typically made from either pea, hemp, or whey. Lee Mullins, the founder of ‘The Workshop Gymnasium’ echo’s these thoughts and also recommends trying different types of protein to test for intolerance’s before settling (Source).

With this being said, our final verdict on The Best Protein Shake for Women goes to:

Free Soul Whey Protein Powder

Free Soul has a great formula for a women’s protein shake, blended together with Peruvian Maca which has proven to increase sexual libido for women (Source) as well as alleviate some symptoms of menopause (Source). It contains 20g of protein per scoop, in addition to high levels of Iron, Magnesium, Calcium, and L-Carnitine for energy and bone density, and Flaxseed for Omega-3.

In Laura’s notes, she highlighted that the mixability is great, and bears no resemblance to some popular brands which can be chalky which makes both mixing and drinking difficult. In addition, the Vanilla flavour is “super tasty, I can have this daily without a doubt!”. However you are limited to a handful of classic flavours such as Ginger Biscuit, Chocolate, and classic Strawberry.

The Best Protein Shake for Women
Free Soul Whey Protein Powder
⭐⭐⭐⭐
Laura Oswald

Protein Shakes To Gain Weight Fast

For those on the journey to monstrous gains, looking to pack on the pounds and max out at the gym, a good weight gainer is necessary. When trying to eat a surplus amount of calories whilst balancing a regular lifestyle and day job, it can be difficult to fit meals in between meetings and travel.

Ultimately you’ll need to eat more calories than you burn, and if you’re very active this can be difficult to balance. A good weight gain supplement should be calorie dense, higher in carbs than protein, and be tasty enough that you can tolerate it.

We looked at a number of different protein shakes to gain weight fast. We needed to figure out which ones Malik would be drinking to gain weight and muscle over the course of 6 weeks. Having read terrible reviews for some big name brands (we don’t need to mention these), we found a clear winner in this arena.

MyProtein Extreme Gainer Blend

In the end the ultimate decider came down to nutritional content, value for money, and taste.

With the recommended serving size (which we followed), MyProtein nets 35g of protein, 62g of carbs, and just 7.8g of fat, a total of 502 calories. Having tried the likes of Optimum Nutrition’s ‘Serious Mass Weight Gainer’, we found that the serving size of 1,250 calories was incredibly difficult to drink. It also meant feeling sluggish and not optimal to perform mentally and physically. It was too many calories (and carbs) in one go.

MP’s Exteme Gainer Blend provides a good combination of calories and feeling full, to flavour and cost.

Protein Shakes To Gain Weight Fast
MyProtein Extreme Gainer Blend
⭐⭐⭐⭐
Malik Kwan

Best Protein Powder For Lean Muscle

Our final category, the best protein powder for lean muscle. This category might be my favourite - trying to find a protein powder that delivers everything you need as well as containing low overall calories but also pack a mineral and vitamin punch too!

We already know that not all protein powders are created equally. Protein powders typically fall into these categories:

  • Whey Protein Isolate

  • Whey Protein Concentrate

  • Casein

For a good lean muscle protein powder, a high quality source of protein should be used. This is typically your Whey Protein Isolate which contains 90% protein per scoop. The methods applied involve reducing the carbohydrate and fat content to boost the ratio of protein in whey isolate (Source)- this is how a higher ratio of protein is formed and we’re omitting the unnecessary carbs and fats.

There are a lot of competitors in this arena but after much research we landed the best of a big bunch.

The Protein Works - Whey Protein 360

The Protein Works is really the market leader in premium grade, innovative sports nutrition products. From when we first came across this brand in 2013 they had the best flavours and forward thinking products. Not only that but they offer an Exclusive Lifetime Guarantee that if you’re not satisfied with their products you can replace it one of the same value (Source).

Whey Protein 360 has just 117 calories per scoop, a negligble about of carbs (2g), and fat (2g), with a whopping 23g of protein. Whey Protein 360 used 5 different sources of protein both fast and slow release to target all areas (hence 360!).

You can definitely find cheaper protein powders on the market, but can you match these flavours:

  • Salted Caramel Bandit

  • White Choc Peanut Sundae

  • Chocolate Marble Cheesecake

  • Choc Peanut Butter Cookie Dough

  • And many more!

Best Protein Powder For Lean Muscle
The Protein Works - Whey Protein 360
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Bavinder Patel

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