Whey is the perfect superfood to include if you want to perform like a pro on the course. Whey is an antioxidant-rich, food-based protein supplement derived from dairy. Rich in a wide variety of amino acids, adding whey to your diet is one of the simplest and most effective ways to improve body composition by reducing body fat and increasing muscle mass. Full of health-promoting properties, athletes, seniors and anyone wanting to get lean can benefit from enjoying whey. Easy to add to your eating routine, whey also helps promote satiation, stabilize blood sugar levels, reduce inflammation, and strengthen immunity.
Whey can help you sustain energy throughout your round. High in protein, whey supports blood sugar levels by slowing the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream. Whey also stimulates the release of cholecystokinin (CCK) and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), two appetite-suppressing hormones that reduce hunger and prevent overeating.
Lean & Strong
In general, protein has a metabolism-boosting effect and is essential to build and maintain muscle. Whey is a superior form of protein because it’s quickly absorbed to prevent muscle breakdown and contains high amounts of leucine, an amino acid crucial for burning fat and building muscle.
Whey is potentially the single greatest food for boosting glutathione. Pronounced “gloota-thigh-own,” over 117,000 studies show this superior antioxidant helps reduce inflammation, support detoxification, strengthen immunity, speed healing, decrease signs of aging and prevent disease.
How To Include
Go low and get lean by supplementing at least 25 grams of whey protein before, during or after your round. Pack a protein shaker bottle and a serving of whey for a quick snack at the turn. Whey powder mixes well when added to water, yogurt, veggie juice or an electrolyte beverage.
Not all whey is created equal. Many whey products are processed in way that denatures the protein. They can also have lots of hazardous chemicals, preservatives, GMOS, refined sugars and artificial sweeteners. For maximum nutritional benefits, select a high quality brand of whey that’s minimally processed with few ingredients and preferably from hormone-free, antibiotic-free, grass-fed cows/goats.
Although whey protein is low in lactose, it may still affect individuals with lactose intolerance and should be avoided by those with allergies to dairy proteins. For similar benefits try Paleo Protein made from grass-fed beef.
Tasty Ways to Enjoy Whey
Pre-Round Yogurt Parfait: whey mixed with yogurt and layered with blueberries and slivered almonds.
9th Hole Shake: whey blended with water, shredded coconut, flax seeds, frozen cherries and cinnamon.
Victory Chocolate Mousse: whey blended with avocado, yogurt, frozen banana, cacao powder, cinnamon and stevia.
Cate Ritter runs THE LEAN 18 Nutrition program at MTT Performance, A Golf Channel Academy located in Pebble Beach, CA.