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This is the first time I have ever puchased a powdered protein shake. It was recommended by a friend who is a personal trianer. I wanted to gain weight and get healthy after being ill with gastric flu. I also wanted to create more muscle definition with my newworkout plan.
On the whole, I found this product to be very difficult to mix, no matter how long you 'shake' this for there are always chunks left at the end, which is off putting to drink.
Once I had gained the weight I wanted to, I mixed this with water rather than milk, to keep the calories down and it didn't really affect the taste too much. The taste is actually quite pleasant and the price is brilliant. I bought this from amzon for £30 an have been told that you can get it even chaper from some health shops.
I use this on average 3 times a day when I am training (which is about 6 scoops a day) and it has lasted me for well over 6 weeks.
I will be trying the chocolote and vanilla ones when this runs out.
Anyone who has never tried protein shakes before, it does take some getting used to. It sets on your stomach almost like concrete and makes you feel so full you are a little nauseos.
However, my energy levels have never been as good and even my skin and hair have improved.
I would definitely recommend this.
My trainer and nutritionist recommended this product to me for faster muscle growth after not being satisfied with my gradual progression. After taking 1.5 scoops before, during, and after working out, I started to see faster results that were physically ideal. Although it increased my physiological hormones which gave me more aggression, it was definitely worth it as an overall product.
After getting physically adjusted to this supplement, I would seem to have more energy during my workouts. In addition to this product, I would add peanut butter for protein, and bananas for potassium. This would fuel my workouts even more .This way I would not have to take energy drinks and crash almost right after. In addition to these additions, I would substitute water for milk to add even more protein.
I would recommend getting a bottle containing a metal circular ball inside of it to make mixing it on the go that much easier.
This is one of the best supplements that i have tried whilst going through various supplements. This one can be found at most shops which sell supplements such as Asda and Holland and Barrett. The price ranges aint to bad for this either.
The taste of this strawberry one is rather nice when mixed with milk. it has a rather tangy taste to it but for me personally it has a very similar taste to milkshakes however if you mix it with water (which is obviously the cheaper option) then it has a much more stronger taste to it and doesn't go down as easy, for me leaving a nasty after taste there thus making you not want to have another mix.
Its a very easy drink to make, literally just add the powder to the milk/water and then screw the cap on and shake away for about a minute then drink it down. it can last about 30 minutes after wards which is the recommended time limit to drink this in but that's easy enough for the amount that you need to drink as it only turns out to be a small amount of fluid to keep the amount of protein high in what you drink so the body takes it in easier.
Pricing for this item aint to bad. i think i found mine on offer for 19.99 for a 908g tub ... i think however its normally 24.99 without the offer on. then its around 3 pounds for when you want the mixing cup. not bad really if you want to bulk up and get yourself to a larger state faster!
Ive seen some improvements with using this item. you cant expect miracles however this gives your muscles more energy to continue for longer thus in favour working your muscles harder and getting them bigger and stronger. this also allows your muscles to stay bigger as it holds water in the muscle making you look larger and leaving you with that bulky effect.
You`ll hear this allot......'Ive been taking protein for years' but it isnt always the sign of good advice. So although that statement is true about me, i`ll try to be as humble as possible.
I first shelled out £25 a tub for this protein (madness looking back) when Holland and Barrett first started selling it. But it simple stuff for starters, and it does the job. No creatine, no amino`s, no BCAA`s no added PUMP !! just pure nice protein. What can I say it does the job, first time I started using it, and I was only taking an extra 30-35g`s a day, woefully short of the 60-80g I should have been taking, I went up from 11st 2 to 11st 11. A 9 pound increase where id previously hit the wall.
As time went on I started experimenting with other better brands, but the fact remains:
1) you can now buy this protein at £12.50 a tub, or two for £25 in H&B on sale
2) Ok its only 908g a tub, so there are cheaper by the gram equivalents, but you do get 18-19g per every 25g serving...not bad for ratio
3) The Banana flavour is still the best banana I have ever tasted, Choc tastes like choco nesquick and the strawberry isnt half bad either. So taste wise it ranks up there still. (not sure about vanilla)
Mixability is Ok, but its abit stoge so you have to really work the shaker !! still more exercise there !
Protein is vital in day to day activities whether or not you exercise or not. A protein supplement will help refresh your musces from any strain they have put upon which is why bodybuilders will take this. You can get loads of different variations of protein from quick release to slow digestion just depending on what you need it for.
The price of this particular product is £24.99 from Holland and Barrett but if you watch out they always have adverts showing that it is in the sale. For a protein supplement this is a good price as you will get a lot of big name bands at around the £40 mark maybe more.
The Body Fortress brand is not a well known one therefore this is probably why the price is that cheap. All the big name brands started off like this ( Muscletech, Bsn, Gaspari ). Once they start selling more and more it would be stupid for them not to raise the price. With this product not being as popular as the big dogs however you should be fine.
Supplement Facts and Opinion on Contents
In one scoop of this you will get 17grams of protein, 1.5carbs, 2g of Fat and 0.7 Saturated Fat. This is probably were this brand takes a blow because 17grams of protein for one scoop is not the best let me tell you. The products I stated above put around 24grams of protein in there's for £40. What that means is for an extra £15 a tub you will effectively be getting 7grams more a scoop which would work out to be something like 210 extra grams of protein if there is 30servings in the tub. When you put it like that you will think to yourself it is not that cheap afterall.
With a lot of the big brand names now they add extra things into their protein products whether thats amino acids or creatine. If your thinking ' what if creatine ' that means do not use it. Amino Acids however are very good for the body and I do recommend you look out for them as they are essential for your body.
Flavours and Mixability
You can get a lot of different flavours for the product which are Strawberry, Chocolate, Vanilla, Banana and Natural. I have only tried the strawberry and it does not taste bad at all and it also doesn't have any lumps so you should not have a problem drinking it. If you mix it with aruond 200ml or milk or water and give it a good shale you will be fine. If you have more than one scoop I would possibly go upto around the 300ml mark so it goes down well.
You will see people say just get this it is only 24.99 and does all you need. I am not disputing that but what I am trying to get across is that if you pay the extra £15 for a much more reputable brand who has been in the game for a long time you know the product works or it wouldn't be still selling in masses.
I am not saying that this product is useless but what I am saying is do not be suckered in just because of the price. You will find that products are a certain price for certain reasons even if a few quid is added on for the brand name.
Thanks and I hope this helps
Body Fortress Whey Protein.
The Nutritional Info per Scoop -
of which sugars/ 1.2g
of which saturates/ 0.7g
Now the actual product. Anyone interested in weight training will testify that you need to suppliment your diet with good quality protein, supplements are great when taken in the right way but should only be seen as a boost to an already protein high diet which includes plenty of white meat, as a rule I try to eat 1 gram of protein for every pound of my weight each day. Protein powders are also a convenient way of getting extra protein when at work etc....
In a nutshell heavy weight training damages muscle fibres which then need to heal, they heal slightly stronger than before, this is how muscle size increases over time, protein feeds the muscles so the more you eat the more you grow and the less sore you feel.
There are many protein powders out there Body fortress being one of the cheapest, many have higher protein content and added supplements which are claimed to give massive gains but protein is the essential nutrient to build muscle therefore why spend £50 buying some big name products which, in my experience really don't make much difference.
Body fortress protein comes from Holland and Barrett in 908 gram tubs at £24.99 but is often on sale at £12.49, the product is easily mixed in 24 gram scoops using a shaker, the chocolate and strawberry flavours are delicious and just like drinking a milkshake. One tub usually lasts me around 10 days so I usually buy 3 a month, this is where the savings come in as I can get more good whey protein for less money.
If you are interested in weight training buy this stuff because it does the job as well as any other brand and you will save yourself a fortune over time. It doesn't lie heavy on the stomach and causes me no problems, infact I think it's delicious.
I've lifted weights for about 20 years, during this time I have tried lots of different supplements. Whey protein is recommended because it has a high biological value, meaning the body uses a lot of it, and excretes little of it.
According to wikipedia.org, there are 3 main types of whey protein, concentrates, isolates and hydrolysates. The concentrates are the cheapest to buy because they go through less processing than the other types. Less processing means it will contain less protein and a higher amount of other things such as lactose. The Body Fortress product comes into this category of whey concentrate, which is why it can be sold as one of the cheaper whey products.
I have bought this product about 4 times, because Holland and Barrett often reduce the price of it. The normal price is about 25 pounds, but I don't think I ever paid that much for it.
There are 3 flavours, strawberry, chocolate and banana. Of these I have only tried strawberry.
The powder has a very nice smell to it. The first time I bought it, I mixed it with milk, but this actually made me feel quite bloated. Then I tried it with tropical fruit juice, and this tasted a bit better, but only in a small quantity. In my view, it mixes best with tasty yogurt.
I think I wanted to be able to consume a lot of the powder, each day, but this becomes impossible. I was taking 75 grams a day initially, but it made me feel sick and left a horrible after taste. In fact, my main problem has been that I can only take about 5 grams of this product, 4 times a day. So if I take 20 grams during the whole day, this gives me about 15 grams of whey. I could get this from half a tin of tuna. In fact, I'd prefer the tuna.
I believe the problem with this product is that being a whey concentrate, it contains too much lactose, and the side effects of lactose are well documented. This is why I no longer buy this product. It should be a quick, easy and trouble free way to help athletes meet their protein requirements. I found this wasn't the case, after buying the a tub for the 4th time, I found it was taking me half an hour to eat my yogurt with whey, I hated the yucky taste of this powder, I'd got really bored with it.
This is a cheap whey protein concentrate product, but it is nowhere near as good as some whey isolate powders I have tried. It doesn't digest as well as decent proper food such as tuna and lean chicken. There is an unpleasant after taste, and side effects such as bloating and vomiting.
I think perhaps I am lactose intolerant, so other people may not have such bad problems. However, I think if you want to buy a protein powder, you are much better off buying a more expensive whey isolate product, which contains a higher protein percentage, and virtually no lactose. Or you could just stick to eating quality food, I have found this approach works best for me now.
Overall, this is a low quality whey protein, but the price reflects this. Therefore, you get what you pay for.
Whey protein is a must have for any serious bodybuilders, protein is the building blocks of muscle which your body desperately needs after a workout. Whey protein is great to use either just as a workout or as a meal like slim fast if you cant get enough protein in your diet due to lack of food consumption. Body fortress whey protein is great value for money and as it is always sold at holland and barrett you can believe that it is a quality product. Whey protein is used by bodybuilders all over the world from people like ronnie coleman to just the average body builders like myself. I personally have always used whey protein ever since i started bodybuilding when i was advised to take it by a personal trainer. Protein helps muscles recover after a hard workout and helps build muscle as protein is full of amino acids which help you have massive gains.
Body Fortress Whey Protein is a great protein source as it is made up of Whey protein which has one of the best uptakes of any protein source ensuring your body doesn'y just get rid of it as waste. It comes in a variety of great flavours including Strawberry, banana and choclate and can be purchased from Holland and Barrett stores. This protein usually reatils at around £25 but is also on special offer at half price very often so is outstanding when at £12.99.
I have been using this protein quite often over the last 3 years for both bodybuiling and running and have found it too be some of the best on the market for price and quality. For every 30g scoop you get about 17g of protein from whey and tastes great when blended with fruit such as a banana. Taken after a sports session is great or even as a supplement during the day, a must try product.
Body Fortress whey protein is one of the best valued protein products out. I first brought a tub of these (908g) for £12.50 which is well cheap considering there are protein powders costing £30-£40.
You can get this protein powder in different flavours i.e. strawberry, chocolate, banana and vanilla. I like the strawberry flavour because its nice and sweet. I simply add a serving (30g) of protein powder in a blender and add milk (200-250g) and just wait for it to blend for 20 seconds.
You can of course have this with water but the taste may not be to your liking.
17.3g of protein
1.4g Total Fat
For each scoop (30g) you get 17.3g of protien which is really decent. The low content of fat and carbohydrates ensures you to build muscle whilst not getting fat.
You can recover quickly for your training sessions much faster, its high in amino acids which is vital for recovering and building muscles. Creatine is another ingredient it has many of you probably dont know what it is. Simply Creatine is energy so if you were to have this protein powder before working out you may notice you wont feel tired as much and might benefit by doing longer sessions.
Overall I would recommend this protein powder to begginer's who have started working out. It's cheap, it tastes great and you get good results from it.
I have been using Body Fortress Whey protein for close to 4 years primarily as a protein supplement to aid recovery and build muscle after workouts. I am keen athlete but have no intentions of becoming a bodybuilder and look to have muscles which work well as oppose to look good.
Body Fortress Whey protein is sold through networks of Holland and Barrett at rrp of £24.99 for a 908g tub. This will provide the user approximately 32 servings at cost of 78p per serving. However the great thing with BF is that it seems to be on special offer at least 8-10 times throughout the year usually with savings of minimum of 33%. This makes BF one of the cheapest whey's on the market and if you time it right you need never pay full price for this product.
It is currently sold in 5 varieties chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, banana and natural(no flavor). I have sampled all but the banana flavor and no of them are at all unpleasant to consume with skimmed milk having first been blended.
In terms of serving suggestions i almost exclusively use skimmed milk to make a shake but the product can be served with water, juice, yogurt or added to porridge to make a complete breakfast!
Occasionally i add fruit to my shakes to make a shake/smoothie hybrid and would recommend vanilla whey, porridge oats, strawberries, a banana, a touch of honey and skimmed milk, blended and served chilled.
I really reccomend blending this product before consumption as it tends to come out very lumpy if mixed with a spoon or a fork and the sensation of swallowing a chunk of whey powder is not the most pleasant.
In terms of nutritional content this product packs 17.6grams of protein per serving but only 98 calories and less than 2grams of carbohydrate. So this is a real winner for anyone looking to top up their protein intake without pileing on the pounds. Also it is suitable for vegetarians which again is only a winner.
With the price of fresh meat seeming to on a constant upward spiral, BF offers a cheap solution to supplement one's protein intake.
From reading many fitness articles i aware that BF may not pack the same punch as its competitors but for at times less than quarter of the price it is a great alternative for the more casual body builder or anyone who has a interest in fitness.
This is the first whey protein powder i ever tried, and it did'nt disappoint. If your looking to put on lean muscle, then this will help you do the job, but remember, there are better products on the market, So spend your money wisely. The Chocolate,strawberry, and vanilla, all taste great, but stay away from the banana! Evil stuff!. Best to wait so you can purchase this product during one of the many 2 for 1, or half price deals that Holland and Barrett seem to regularly offer. This way its worth its money. Otherwise in honesty, at full price it is worth shopping about. It is a good quality product, but for a few pounds more you can get double the amount of a similar powder.
For the more serious trainer, I would recommend they try one of the higher end products on the market, such as USN whey protein( I 've always found it very good).
I'm probably not the typical person to be having body fortress whey protein. I'm female, skinny and a vegetarian. The reason I drink this is for extra protein from what I'm missing from not eating meat, gain muscle and weight ( due to the fact I go to the gym and I'm training to fight, I need to eat a lot to maintain weight or gain it) and mainly to stay healthy.
I cannot rate this protein enough! I've tasted a lot of bad protein ( I mean one was so bad I literally throw up! It was worse than taking disolvable tablets!) and some good, Body fortress is the best by miles! I used to buy chocolate which is nice but recently converted to vanilla because its less sickly and more like a dessert/milkshake. Not only is this product high in protein and tastes nice, its low in calories, which people who drink protein will know thats quite hard to find.
You'll find this product in holland and barratt, your best buying it when they have half price days where its only £12.49! an absolute bargain!
Nutrition information below;
per serving 24g (1 scoop)
Energy 96 kcal
of sat 0.70g
This is the very first protein supplement I bought and whilst I was on it, it worked very well for me. It was at the time very well priced and it's got a lot of things going for it, the main one being that it really does taste very good. It tastes almost like a maccies strawberry milkshake, it mixes really well too.
It is normally priced at £25 for 908 grams, which I don't think is worth it because if you shop around you will find better. (see my other review on my protein) However saying that there is one exception, every now and then Holland and Barrett will put this product on half price offer, it's only worth buying if you can get it at this price £12.50.
One scoop with 250 ml of water, milk or juice does the trick, pop it into your mixer and shake away. If you haven't got a mixer (like the one's people take to the gym) then it'll need to be mixed in either a normal bottle or a blender for best results.
Per serving I think it has approx 17 grams of protein, which is ok for those who are simply looking to top off their daily protein intake, but if you re looking to really increase your protein intake then you'll need to increase dosage or think about an alternative brand.
I recommend this brand for the beginner in the gym or those who are new to or unsure of protein supplements in general.
Holland & Barrett Body Fortress Whey Protein is similar in taste, texture, and protein content as the standard G&C products...which is no surprise since they are owned by some parent company.
The protein content itself is not the highest on the market, but it is a reasonable 76 grams of protein per 100 grams of powder (approximately 75%), which is more than enough for most people.
Powders with protein levels of 90% and above often cause mild reactions (stomach aches, hot flushes, etc) in people who are mildly lactose intolerant, but generally don't experience problems with dairy products. This product avoids that.
One area where the product shines is in its mixibility. Too often protein powders turn into a lump of sludge as soon as any form of liquid is added. Not so with the H&B powders.
The taste isn't bad, though the majority of the powders contain sweetener. Personally I find anything other than the Vanilla or Natural (a bit of a misnomer as it still includes sweetener) flavours sickly sweet. But hey, that's just personal preference.
If you can get this product on sale (sometimes up to half price for approximately £12-£13) then I would suggest you pick it up. Paying full price (approx. £24) means this is not the best value powder on the market.
Drink it any time during the day to add extra high quality protein to your daily kilocalorie intake.