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Kodiak 3Whey™ Triple Complex Protein

Kodiak 3Whey™ Triple Complex Protein – Product Review

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Kodiak 3Whey™ Triple Complex Protein – Product Review

I tend to be really upfront with supplementation that I use. And unlike paid product reviews, this is a 100% unpaid unsolicited product review. But I personally feel that this by far is a superior product in comparison to other Whey Protein Blends. Being a strength based athlete for more than 20 years. I have consumed a lot of protein shakes over the years!

So lets just dive into what matters most – The protein blend

3 grams Hydrolyzed Whey Peptides – This form of whey is predigested, which results in faster absorption and release of amino acids into the blood stream. This rapidly stimulates muscle protein synthesis when consumed after exercise. Absorption begins about 15 minutes after ingestion and is studied to continue for over an hour.

12.5 grams Whey Isolate – WPI is the isolated protein fraction from whey protein concentrate that is 90% pure protein—making it the purest protein source currently available. Absorption begins about 1 hour after ingestion and is studied to continue for up to 1.5 hours

10.5 grams Whey Concentrate – Concentrate contains 80 percent pure protein in addition to a small amount of fat, minerals, and lactose. Because it’s more complete, whey protein concentrate usually has more bioactive components and that add to concentrate’s benefit. Absorption begins about 1 hour after ingestion and is studied to continue for up to 3 hours.

(Above Information is taken from Kodiak Sports Nutrition and Couz- Nutri.com)

I appreciate the fact that Kodiak is 100% upfront of how much whey protein in each serving. The simple fact that it breaks down for you and gives you a breakdown of HWP, WPI and WPC is a stark difference in comparison other supplement companies with their “proprietary blends”.

Why are Protein Blends a better choice?

When you just consume a blend it gives your body a variety of proteins to ingest. I used to believe that WPI was the best form of protein because of it’s fast acting ingestion and if I feed my body protein after a training session, I will get most gains and recovery will be faster.

But lets face it, some of us don’t access to food after training because well we train in between work and supplements just work as an in between meals. I like the idea of meal prep but I don’t like eating reheated frozen food, that is just my preference.

So a Protein blend like Kodiak 3Whey™ Triple Complex Protein really works for because it keeps me satiated for at least 1 to 2 hours until I get back to my office or back home for a proper feed.

So Why is Kodiak 3Whey™ Triple Complex Protein a better protein?

There is a simple explanation for that. I consume about 4500 to 5300 calories a day, that includes supplements, food and a lot more food. On top of all that food I also supplement with psyllium husk powder and probiotics to aid in digestion of my macro/micro nutrients. You want all that food and supplements to be absorbed by your body and used to repair your muscles. Kodiak 3Whey™ Triple Complex Protein has Fibersol®-2 and Protease/Lactase to help with digestion and nutrient absorption.

Below is a brief description on Fibersol®-2 and Protease/Lactase

Fibersol®-2:
Fibersol-2 is a digestion-resistant maltodextrin soluble corn fiber that acts as a low-calorie bulking agent containing 90 percent dietary fiber. This patented form of fiber does not effect taste or viscosity and is completely digestion resistant. Fibersol-2 will also help aid in the digestion of the protein.

Protease/Lactase:
Protease and lactase help aid in food digestion and absorption. These ingredients (enzymes) may help those individuals who experience nausea, cramping, or bloating when consuming protein.

So why do you need Kodiak 3Whey™ Triple Complex Protein?

Because the good people from Kodiak Sport Nutrition  really SCORED big and a home run on the flavours! From Chocolate Brownie, Snicker Doodle and even Coconut FREAKING DELICIOUS Caramel! Ok I admit, I am not fussy about how my protein tastes because everything in Vanilla is good! Vanilla is a pretty safe flavour for most. And let’s be honest we only buy a certain protein because of the flavour.

But let me try my best to describe how my favourite flavour Coconut Caramel tastes like and this is just in cold water.

First you get a whiff and scent of sweet burnt caramel, none of that chemical taste or smoky scent. It’s just straight up caramel. When you drink it down, it’s then followed by a luxurious creamy texture of fluid, not too thick and not too thin (this is depending on how much water you use). Then you get this sweet lingering after taste of toasted coconut followed by a rather interesting texture. I started to wonder what is this texture in my mouth only to discover that its actually toasted desiccated coconut shavings.

Who would have thought of that, having proper toasted desiccated coconut shavings in a protein shake this was bloody brilliant idea and whoever that thought of this deserves a medal! So do you need this Kodiak 3Whey™ Triple Complex Protein. The answer is DEFINITELY a YES!!!

And you can get your Kodiak  Kodiak 3Whey™ Triple Complex Protein at Couz-Nutri. You are welcome!

 

Strongman Nutrition

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I’ve been asked many times in terms of nutrition, what do I eat when I’m preparing for a competition? How many calories do I consume a day? How many times do I eat a day? Do I enjoy eating donuts? There is no hard and fast rule for nutrition especially in strongman. Of course we have heard that the Pro athletes are eating 10000 to 12000 calories a day.  So I’m going to take some time to answer these questions and share with you my daily nutrition when I’m preparing for a competition.

What do I eat when I’m preparing for a competition?
Mostly animal protein and vegetables with some carbs. I used to be on a “seefood diet” where whatever I see I will eat it. This was fun while it lasted but this wasn’t very beneficial for performance especially if you are eating junk. I knew I needed to fix this, so I worked with a nutritionist, because I know NOTHING about nutrition. I’ll share my nutrition plan later on during this article.

How many calories do I consume a day and how many time a day?
Some professional strongman do eat 8000 to 12000 calories a day, but nutrition is not a one standard plan that fits everyone. Like in my earlier article that even hydration for performance is different for every athlete. Because each strongman athlete are different in size, weight and type. I consume 4800 to 5000 calories a day over 8 to 10 meals during the whole day

Do I enjoy eating donuts?
No, I do not like donuts at all. I think they are excessively sweet and too rich but I have a soft spot for ice cream and waffles. To be exact… Salted Caramel ice cream from my favourite ice cream parlour.

Best thing I’ve done for myself
One of the best things I’ve done for myself is to work with a nutritionist. If i wanted to be serious about my performance and own personal development, I need to take care of the little things. But nutrition is not little, it’s actually quite a big portion of being an athlete and shouldn’t be taken for granted. Initially I was skeptical because I love my food full flavoured and I’m pretty sure I don’t like dry and tasteless chicken breast. So let’s just dive into the diet then, the first two weeks was just an observation of what I ate on a usual day, this was done in a journal and was constantly reviewed daily, with 5-6 meals a day.

And the one take away was that my diet was lacking in greens and leafy vegetables.  So from 3rd week onwards is just tweaking of my diet with more vegetables. Only restrictions I had were no processed food(anything out of a packet, can or tin) and no carbonated drinks. So after a while this was how my daily nutrition looked like

7.30am
Pro Complex Protein Shake 3 scoops + Glutamine + Physillum Husk

9.00am
5 eggs omelette with mushroom, capsicum and cup of spinach
2 toast with no butter

10.00am to 12.30pm (This was my training time)
Pre training –  2 Bananas, Handful Almonds and Raisins
Intra training – ON Pro BCAA, Glutamine
Post training – Pro Complex Protein Shake 3 scoops + Glutamine + Physillum Husk

1.00pm 
3 roast chicken breast, 2 hard boiled eggs, 1 cup basmati rice and 1 cup of stir fry Chinese Kale

3.00pm
1/2 roast chicken, 1 cup of arugula and baby spinach with shredded sour mango

5.00pm
1/2 roast chicken, 1 cup of arugula and baby spinach with shredded sour mango

7.30pm
1/2 roast chicken, 1 cup of arugula and baby spinach with shredded sour mango

9.30pm
250g of lean beef topside with mushrooms, capsicum and 1 cup arugula

11.00pm
1 scoop of ON Pro Complex Whey Ice cream

After a few months or so, I discovered that my body responded better when my carbs intake are after training, protein high and fat intake lower. This was actually a trail and error and it’s never a one solution fits all. You just have to be patient,  trust the person you work with, keep an open mind and make adjustments or tweaks as you go along. I struggled with the new plan because it’s really a lot of food and by 5pm I was so full that I didn’t even want to be in the kitchen or have food in front of me.

But then some things started to happen

  • I started feeling less sore even after heavy or double training sessions days
  • I woke up feeling rested
  • Had more energy during training, I was able to push myself harder and longer
  • I looked different and my body was going through a recompositioning
  • My shirts got tighter while my pants got looser

After 3-5 months, I started to see more muscular growth in my shoulders, thighs and I had an outline of abs! “What scocery is this???” I thought to myself. Then it hit me…. I’ve been consistent with my training and been taking care of my nutrition. My weight has been the same but I feel stronger, sleep better and just feel way better! Who would have thought that stuffing my face with vegetables would make magic happen! If you look at my nutrition intake, my main source of food is FOOD! Supplementation is about 20-30% of my nutritional intake. Operative word… Supplement

Now before you get adventurous and tell yourself “If Taufiq can do this and eat this much… I can do this too!”. Before I got into this whole nutrition process. I had a full comprehensive blood work done just to make sure my body could take the load of so much eating. This was by order of my nutritionist, so that we could eliminate some food that would not work for me. Always get yourself checked out first and always consult a credible sports nutritionist to work with.

In the meantime, train hard and stay injury free.