Optimum Nutrition Protein Energy
Do you often find that you struggle to get yourself out of bed in the morning? For most people, there are two primary issues they deal with in the morning.
First, having enough energy to get out of bed and get their day going.
Second, getting in some lean protein to help fuel their day.
Fortunately, Optimum Nutrition has just made achieving both of these objectives easy with their new Protein Energy product.
Let’s take a closer look at what this product is all about and why you might want to consider trying it yourself.
So What Is This “Protein Energy”?
Protein energy is the synergy of two primary ingredients that help you get your day off to the right start. While most straight protein powders are just that – straight protein, protein energy helps give you an even bigger boost thanks to the addition of natural sources of caffeine integrated into the mix.
This product is going to provide the same 100 calories per serving that most protein powders do, but also provides 120 mg of caffeine, which is about the same as you’d get in your average 10oz. cup of coffee.
This way, you fuel your body right, all while getting the energizing benefits of your favorite cup of coffee. For those who typically just wake up to coffee and run – often supplemented by a donut or some other carb-laden breakfast item, this will be a dramatic improvement in how you start your day.
Extra Nutritional Goodies
Optimum didn’t stop there though. In addition to the two primary ingredients of protein and caffeine, you’re also going to take in a good dose of vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant in the body, keeping your immune system strong and you feeling your best.
Along with this, you’ll also get a blend of the important energy-boosting B vitamins to top things off with.
The sugar content of this protein is also exceptionally low, coming in at just 1 gram per serving. Compare this to the typical ‘gourmet’ coffee that you might pick up at your local coffee shop, which can easily contain 300+ calories (depending on the size) along with 20+ grams of sugar and more than 10 grams of fat depending on how you order it.
Clearly, as far as your nutrition is concerned, Optimum Nutrition’s Protein Energy is the far better bet.
Battling Body Fat
Another great benefit? This product will go a long way towards helping you fight body fat as well. If you’re looking to lose weight, this helps in two ways.
First, it provides the protein that you need to maintain your lean muscle mass tissue, which will in turn ensure that you maintain an optimal metabolic rate. The faster your metabolic rate is running, the faster you burn fat – period.
Protein helps accomplish that. Most people who are on fat loss diets need to eat more protein than normal, so this powder can help you achieve your daily target.
Second, caffeine has been shown to be one of the best fat burning ingredients you can use as it’ll help boost the rate of fat oxidation taking place, improving your body’s ability to release fatty acids from the fat cells.
Given the fact that the carbohydrate intake in this powder is very low (which is also unlike that gourmet cup of coffee you usually have!), this will help ensure your insulin level stay slow, promoting ongoing fat burning.
If you were to provide a large dose of carbs with the caffeine, you’d blunt many of the fat burning benefits because fat oxidation will not take place when insulin levels are high.
For those dieting, serving up two scoops of this protein with some water or almond milk and pairing that with a small serving of almonds for healthy fat for instance, would make for the perfect breakfast on the go.
But How Does it Taste?
Now, if you typically go and order a Caramel Latte with whip cream and chocolate shavings, you may be still thinking you’ll be hard pressed to give that up for some ‘coffee flavored’ protein powder.
But you may want to reconsider. This powder has actually been flavored to taste very much the same as your favorite gourmet coffee choice.
You can purchase it in chocolate, mocha cappuccino, vanilla latte, and for those who don’t like coffee but still want to reap the benefits, cinnamon bun flavor.
This ensures that no matter what your taste preference is, you’ll find a powder to match it.
Before You Use
Finally, one word of caution before you use this product. If you are going to purchase it, aim to keep your intake strictly to the morning or early afternoon period. Remember, just like coffee, if you take this too close to bedtime, it may interfere with your ability to fall asleep. Likewise, some people respond differently to caffeine than others, so if you know you are sensitive, you may want to start with just a half serving and see how you feel first before taking the full dose.
Likewise, also be mindful about how many other caffeine containing beverages you are taking in throughout the day (such as pre-workout products, energy drinks, or other forms of chocolate) to keep your total caffeine intake to a safe level.
Don’t overlook the benefits of Optimum Nutrition’s new Protein Energy. For anyone who loves their morning cup of coffee, it’s the perfect healthier solution.