Some extremely common questions we receive on a daily basis have to do with the supplementation for women.
“What’s the best Protein for women?”
“What is the best Pre-Workout for women?”
“As a woman, what type of diet should I follow?”
Believe it or not, there are actually very few differences between men and women when it comes to supplementation, diet, and workout routines. Of course, hormones and other instances along those lines do differ, but fitness for men and women are both very similar.
Think about it like this …
Asking what the best protein is for women is the same as asking what the best chicken breast is for women … see what I mean?
Usually, if you have a company marketing, for example a protein shake for women, you can be fairly certain it is just a marketing/sales gimmick to get more women to buy it. That does not make it a bad product by any means, just a bit of a marketing tool.
With the being said, a 200-pound man will need to take in more protein than a 120-pound woman to build muscle, but they can without a doubt use the same protein supplement to accomplish that.
At the end of the day, protein is protein, a fat is a fat, and a carb is a carb ... and our bodies need all 3 to function properly.
Another product we have questions about regularly in terms of best for men or women is Pre-Workout supplements. Again, this will not matter one bit.
Some women want the most intense pre-workout supplement possible, others want something less intense. There’s also men that want something very low key, and some who like to be a caffeine monster .... see what I mean here as well?
It does not matter male or female, but you may see a pre-workout marketed as such. It comes down to one thing … your preference.
With that being said, there are certain products that do have gender specific qualities.
For example, there are female multi-vitamins containing some dosages that are more female oriented.
There are also metabolism-based systems that may address the female body more efficiently.
While at the same time, there are MANY vitamins and metabolism-based systems that both men and women can take.
To wrap up, are there are certain products that could better serve a woman? Yes, but the list is incredibly short.
When it comes to diet, workouts, and supplementation, women and men both have very similar needs.
Both men and women can use the same exact same products, follow very similar routines and will both see amazing results.
The amounts needed may differ such as protein intake, but as a woman ... do not feel like you need a product that is female specific.
If you have any questions about certain supplements, your workout routine, or diet… PLEASE reach out to any of our Certified Sports Nutrition Specialists and Personal Trainers. It would be our pleasure to make sure you are following the program that works best for YOU.
**This article was written by Andrew Lynn. Andrew is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist and has a bachelor’s in science nutrition and Dietetics.
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