dekiruman saidIm surprised that no one has mentioned one source......
Hah! So true
But it's understandable, different protein sources are better for different diets.
I'm gonna continue with my approach of simplicity and just throw out what I prefer to eat for certain diets and rank them from best to least best. If you want details, I think you should wait for shredcutback to post in this thread, he's much better at explaining the specifics and science of all aspects of working out and nutrition.
I think by far my favorite source of protein is lean, skinless, chicken breast. It's cheap, low in fat. A staple in many diets. However it gets old, if you don't spice it up and change up how you cook it, you'll grow to hate it.
It's also not the best choice for low/no carb diets if you're aiming for that, simply because of that low fat content. You need a little extra fat to utilize as an energy source when you're in ketosis, not just your body fat, otherwise you're gonna burn out. So I grab fattiers meats, particular ground turkey/beef. Eggs are great here too, but watch the carbs! They can slowly add up.
Honestly, if you're bulking, you're most likely going to be eating carbs. Aim for lean protein sources. My pick is chicken breasts, certain fishes and shrimp can be nice too to spice things up occasionally.
Do I consume whey powders? Yes I do. But here's how I look at protein powders.... most of them are full of junk, and many people forget that they are a "supplement", not a staple. Take it if you need to. If you didn't have time to cook, missed a meal, or you burnt your newly cut chicken breast, down a shake and some eat some veggies. It's cool. Just pay attention to what's in it, particularly carbs and flavorings/sugar.
Whey powders are my last resort and sweet treat stand-ins, and if you're gonna get some, get ON 100%.