Level 1 Review: Protein In Fat Loss And Muscle Building

Protein Is King

People aren’t getting enough protein and are not having protein frequently enough throughout the day to support their fat loss and muscle building goals.  It’s all about protein, the macro-nutrient KING.  I help a lot of people with their nutrition.  The most common flaw right off the bat with under eaters and even over eaters is inadequate protein intake.  This is a very common problem people don’t realize and don’t know.  Moreover, they aren’t considering and/or are just misinformed on.  One quick, easy, and cost effective solution to this is to add a meal replacement PROTEIN SHAKE. I want to talk to you about my protein of choice, 1st Phorm’s Level 1.

Level 1 Review

If you have ventured into learning about fitness, nutrition, weight loss or building lean muscle, you have heard or read that Protein is King! Well, it is.  You need to be consuming the right amount of protein throughout your day.  The best-case scenario would be in equal portions every 3 to 4 hours.  Of course, whole food is the 100% best choice, however, have you tried to get in a whole food meal every 3 to 4 hours?  Look, I am a fit pro, as they say, but I’m real.  I’m not getting in 5 whole food meals per day.  With my schedule, if I get in 4 whole food meals per day, I’m doing damn good.  I typically pack 4 whole food meals and 2 meal replacement protein shakes; Level 1 by 1st Phorm. 

Just to give you an example, my current protein intake foal is 225 grams per day.  Break that down into 5 meals per day which comes to 45 grams of PROTEIN per meal.  That’s a lot.  Of course, I am in an “off season” or building phase so mine is set fairly high.  Even the everyday person will definitely find their protein need is higher than they might think which can become a chore to meet.  (See last week’s blog post “Protein Is King” for my basic recommendations on protein intake).

I will typically use Level 1 first thing as a breakfast because at 2 am, I need fast, convenient, and quiet (ssh).  I pack an extra shake in my Six Pack Bag in case I don’t have time to heat up and eat a whole food meal at some point during the day.

I’ve been using 1st Phorm supplements (exclusively) for just over 1 year now and have been nothing but impressed and amazed.  There are a few things most people are thinking about right off the bat when choosing a new protein shake, right?  We’re looking for awesome flavor, a consistency of the shake we like, of course some assurance of great results, a high protein content, low carbs, low sugar and low fat.  Plus, it’s at a cost we can live with.  Level 1 by 1st Phorm delivers on all these considerations.  In fact, Level 1 crushes it with it’s amazing flavors, high quality and unmatched customer service. 

7 Flavors, Treating Yourself & My Favorites

Level 1 tastes amazing, boasting 7 amazing flavors.  Leading the way as my 2 favorites are Strawberry Milk Shake and Caramel Latte.  It can also serve as a treat to keep you from blowing your diet on ice cream or milk shakes but as with anything, the calories do count.  I personally use 1 1/2 scoops per shake in the prescribed 8 oz. of water alone and it mixes very well with no clumps or gritty texture.  I really like the consistency of Level 1 because it’s not watery but not overly thick, keeping it light on my stomach.

 Level 1 has 23 grams of protein per serving (1 scoop) with only 7 grams of carbs and 2 grams of sugar coming in at a low 150 calories.  Perfectly designed as a “meal replacement” with a blend of proteins, it provides a slower digestion rate to mimic whole food proteins, keeping you in an anabolic state (muscle building / fat and carb burning) longer in between meals. 

Level 1 Quality vs. Stank Gas, The Runs & Cheap Protein

Next, let’s talk about QUALITY.  No doubt, you have either experienced or heard stories about protein shakes.  Specifically, people being bloated, getting crazy stank gas or worse, the runs!  NO MORE!  Level 1 is made with the highest quality raw good protein source and low temperature processed making it by far the easiest protein for your body to digest, hands down.  I can personally attest to this.  I’ve made the mistake of running out of my LEVEL 1 forcing me to go to the local super market, purchase that $20 protein, consequently causing the immediate effects on my stomach every time. 

Level 1 is cGMP certified, made in an FDA inspected facility in St Louis, MO and comes backed with a 110% money back guarantee.  When you choose to go with 1st Phorm, you become part of the Phamily.  1st Phorm has a full staff of NASM certified trainers, nutrition and weight loss specialists resulting in a staff that truly cares and is always ready to help you with any questions you may have any time.  An example of their commitment and care for their customers is proved by a hand written note in each box shipped to you.  Test their service out for yourself!  Call them with any question you have about training, nutrition or supplements.  The staff of NASM certified trainers are there until 9:00 p.m. Central Time each day, ready to HELP ANYONE.

Breaking Down The Cost

1st Phorm Level 1 is definitely NOT the cheapest protein, coming in at $49.99 per 2.45 lb. tub but they are the BEST!  Let’s break that down and compare the alternative.  For me, each shake is 1.5 scoops, coming to $2.55 for 34.5 g protein, 10.5 g carbs and 4.5 g of fat at only 225 calories.  Okay, $2.55 for a healthy high protein, low calorie meal as opposed to FAST FOOD which costs more and is terrible for me?  I’ll stick with my LEVEL 1!  I hope you see the wisdom in this logic.

Hopefully, you will give Level 1 a try for yourself.  If you would like to support our movement, please use any of the links in this blog or go to our products page to order.  By doing so and supporting us, you will be HELPING OTHERS for free too!  Please leave us a comment, give your feedback and feel free to contact me for a sample.  Let me share mine with you and let’s talk about it.  We are always here with FREE counseling on which supplements would be right for you and your goals. 

Why Protein Is Important & How Much You Need

Protein Is King

People aren’t getting enough protein and are not having protein frequently enough throughout the day to support their fat loss and muscle building goals.  It’s all about protein, the macro-nutrient KING.  I help a lot of people with their nutrition.  The most common flaw right off the bat with under eaters and even over eaters is inadequate protein intake.  This is a very common problem people don’t realize and don’t know.  Moreover, they aren’t considering and/or are just misinformed on.  Let’s talk about why protein is so important and some basic recommendations on how much you need.

Protein Is The Building Block Of All Cells

Most people think of protein only in the context of muscle building and more specifically in the context of bodybuilding.  Protein is actually the building block for all cells in your body and necessary for countless processes and functions.  Proteins are structurally vital to form not only muscle tissue but also bone, skin, hair and of course, MUSCLE.  It acts as enzymes speeding up chemical reactions, others act as hormones like a chemical messenger and some form antibodies which protect us from foreign substances.  Proteins maintain our fluid levels by pumping molecules across cell membranes and attracting water.  They help to maintain our acid and base balance of bodily fluids and transport key substances such as vitamins, minerals and oxygen within the body to our billions of cells.  PROTEIN does all of that and yes, of course, BUILDS MUSCLE.


Now that we’ve gotten through all the highly scientific stuff let’s get down to business here and talk about all the really COOL SHIT that protein does!  Did I say that PROTEIN is KING?  Oh yea, I did!  Now, you do know that protein builds muscle, right?  That’s right!  Protein builds MUSCLE.

Carbs and fats can’t build muscle!  Fats do play a role in the use of fat soluble vitamins and hormone production.  So, yea, those are fairly important, however, their main role, like carbs, are as an energy source.   Protein does all of the really boring shit above, can be broken down into glucose for use as energy by the body and builds MUSCLE!  Having the proper portion of protein every 3 to 4 hours can speed metabolism, helping the body burn more calories 24 hours per day.  The digestion of protein itself is very costly for the body in calories to break down.  There again, helping to burn more calories.  Having protein with each meal slows the digestion rate of carbs; slowing the rate at which glucose enters the blood stream.  Slowing the rate of carbohydrate digestion helps to level out blood sugar and insulin helping the body to more efficiently store glucose in muscle, rather than fat stores.

Did I Mention Protein Builds Muscle?

Did I mention that PROTEIN builds muscle?  Protein is the building block of muscle tissue.  Both muscle repair and new tissue growth require protein.  Muscle itself requires a lot of calories to repair and build but also to maintain.  Muscle tissue itself, at rest, is responsible for up to 70% of your total daily calorie burn on a 24-hr. basis.  If you want to lose fat, get into the best shape of your life, be healthy and live longer, you’re going to need to use resistance training, make the muscle you have, active and build more muscle.  All of these things REQUIRE protein.  Only protein builds muscle! PROTEIN IS KING!

Now that you know that protein is so critical, think about your own protein intake.  Are getting enough? What is the ratio of protein to carbs and fats in your daily nutrition? Protein recommendations vary across a whole spectrum from the RDA’s 0.8 grams per pound of body weight to some crazy high assertions of 2.5 grams per pound.  As with everything in fitness and nutrition, the truth is always in the middle and also relative.  Each individuals’ own protein needs depend upon their body weight in lean, fat free mass, their own fat mass and their activity level.  Of course, nobody can tell you exactly how much YOU need but I can give you a starting point.  Then you must learn your body and adjust from there.

My Recommendations:

By far the easiest way to get started TODAY is to figure out what you are eating right now and simply get the RATIOS of your total daily calorie intake in check.  All you need is a starting point. Then you can adjust as you move forward.  The most basic and best ball park starting point anyone in nearly any situation is to use a ratio of 40% PROTEIN, 40% carbs and 20% fats.


IF you calculate you are eating 2500 calories per day using the 40, 40, 20 method, it would break down like this..   1000 calories from PROTEIN, 1000 calories from CARBS and 500 calories from FAT.

PROTEIN is 4 calories per gram, Carbs are 4 calories per gram and Fat is 9 calories per gram. The above example works out to 250g of PROTEIN, 250g of Carbs and 55.5g of Fats for the DAY.

5 meals per day @ 50g protein, 50g carbs and 11g fat per meal.

More advanced:

If you are 50 to 100 lbs. over weight or more, I would recommend you have 1 gram per pound of lean fat free mass; if you are looking to lose fat.  Remember, protein can be broken down into glucose.  Also, if you get too much, it can lead to fat storage.  So, play it safe here with 1 gram per lb. of lean mass or figure it in as 40% of your daily calorie intake.

If you are 20% body fat or less looking to lose fat and/or build muscle, I would recommend 1.25 to 1.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight or 40% to as high as 60% of your daily calorie intake.

However, these are not hard numbers of course.  These are ball park numbers to give you a starting point to adjust from as you progress.  Of course, it goes without saying, you SHOULD be weight training or some sort of resistance training at least 3 days per week and getting in moderate intensity cardio work another 3 days per week.

I hope this has been helpful to you, please leave us a comment, give us your feedback and as always, send your questions to or for more advanced 1 on 1 counseling to Anchored In Muscle.

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