Pre-workout breakfast = protein rich

Let me come clean on two counts. First, I'm a morning workout person and eating before a workout makes me feel bloated and blegh. Regardless of what I eat. But I also know that not eating in the morning makes me feel lethargic and grumpy by midday.

Secondly, I have never been a fan of powders or shakes but I took a challenge to try a whey protein powder that is low in sugar and given the tick by nutritionist, Zoe Bingley-Pullin. Whey isolate is the gold class of protein powders, however if you are lactose intolerant, you're best to stick to a soy or pea protein.

If you don't workout in the morning and/or you don't have any issues with working out an hour after eating, a breakfast rich in carbohydrates and protein is ideal! I will be having my scoop of strawberry isowhey, teaspoon of cinnamon and soy milk.

If your goal is weight loss, protein powders can be worked into your daily intake - but one a day (and two maximum) is your best bet.

Drink plenty of water - a diet rich in protein can stress your kidneys if you are not well hydrated.