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Is Whey Protein Good For You? – Find Out!

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I remember growing up and hearing that whey protein was like steroids and if you take that stuff it will mess you up. That is far from the truth and that is why I will be shinning some light on this subject.

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So, let’s take a look at one of the most misunderstood nutrition supplements that is widely used as a meal replacement.

Whey protein is commonly used among fitness enthusiasts and athletes that need to get a set amount of calories per day including protein, carbs, and fat into their diet through a combination of food and supplements.

That’s were whey protein comes into the picture.

Whey protein can help with achieving your dietary needs allowing you to succeed in your fitness goals.

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Separating The Curd and Whey

How Much Protein do I Need a Day?

The average sedentary person only needs about 1g of protein/kg of bodyweight per day. While a person that is far more active and plays sports will need about 1g of protein/lb of bodyweight to supply the energy needed for recovery.

Protein and carbohydrate are 4 calories per gram and fat is 9. Proteins, carbs, and fats are macro-nutrients, meaning that your body requires more of it than micro-nutrients like vitamins and minerals.

Protein is responsible for recovery by aiding in building and restoring muscle, bone, and other body tissues broken down through physical activity or injury.

You also use protein to regulate body chemicals like enzymes and hormones.

You can get a great deal of protein through many food sources including:

  1. Beef
  2. Chicken, Turkey
  3. Fish, Shrimp
  4. Eggs
  5. Pork
  6. Yogurt
  7. Cottage cheese
  8. Milk
  9. Vegetable Sources

There are many sources of protein, but these are the most common and complete proteins that will help you reach your fitness and nutrition goals.

Whey protein can be a major component in muscle growth, strength gains, and help with losing significant amounts of body fat in a well-balanced diet.

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What is Whey Protein?

Whey is basically a by-product of milk that is usually discarded or feed to live stock(pigs) before farmers realized its demand in the supplement industry.

Whey goes through a series of stages so that it can be processed into the commonly recognized powder that is used for shakes, bars, and many other food products that offer an increased protein level.

More than likely you have eaten something that had whey in it, and you might not of even known it.

Whey protein is a complete protein, meaning it provides all the essential and beneficial building blocks to be fully utilized by the body.

Whey protein is definitely a great choice to help meet your nutritional needs and promotes a healthy lifestyle.

If you can drink milk, eat cheese, ice cream or any dairy based product, more than likely you are not lactose intolerant and will be able to fully digest whey without stomach issues.

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Types of Whey Protein Powder?

With so many brands, understanding the different types of whey protein can get confusing.

I know when I first started buying whey, I just got what was cheapest without realizing what the different kinds of whey protein powder had to offer, without paying attention to what the ingredients were or what the whey protein nutrition facts were.

After many upset stomach aches I realized I had no idea what I was doing, so I finally did some research because I wanted to know what the best kind of whey protein for me was, and what the differences are.

The different types of whey protein:

Hydrolyzed

  • Is the fastest absorbing
  • Low carbs/ sugar, fat, and cholesterol
  • Low lactose
  • Easiest to digest
  • Good for pre/ post workout
  • $$
  • Protein: 80-90%

Isolate

  • Fast absorbing
  • Lowest carbs/ sugar, fat, and cholesterol
  • Lowest lactose
  • Easy to digest
  • Good for pre/ post workout
  • $$
  • Protein: 90-95%

Concentrate

  • Basic formula
  • Low carbs/ sugar, fat, and cholesterol
  • Good for pre/ post workout
  • $
  • Protein: 25-80%

Casein– Not whey, but in the same family.

  • Slow absorption
  • Low carbs/ sugar
  • Good for before bed
  • $$
  • Protein: 75-85%

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So, what is the best whey protein powder for you?

If you’re going to try one, buy whey protein isolate to start, because it is the purest and cleanest form of whey with little to no fat, lactose, carbs, or sugar for a reasonable price.

Whey Isolate provides a full spectrum of amino acids to maximize protein synthesis, assist in muscle repair, and support faster recovery from workouts. Isolate is a fast digesting protein that is proven to help you build muscle, get stronger, and recover faster.

Regardless of what protein powder you use, make sure that you read the label and it doesn’t contain a bunch of junk you don’t need. You want to get a high quality pure whey protein as close to 100% as possible without amino spiking, added carbs, creamers, proprietary blends, artificial colors, or any other fillers.

What is Whey Protein Good for?

Whey protein is a great option for active people that need to get a set amount of protein into their diet and sometimes that becomes difficult to accomplish through food alone.

Whey is also good for promoting fat-loss by providing protein with low carbs and sugar that make for an easy and nutritious meal replacement.

The benefits of whey protein powder:

  • A complete protein that provides what the body needs.
  • Convenient and easy.
  • Supports recovery and muscle repair.
  • Easily digested and readily available for faster gains.
  • Assists in fat-loss and helps maintain a lean machine.
  • Price efficient per serving.
  • Sustainable resource that would otherwise be tossed out.

Is Whey Protein Bad for You?

Some say that consuming too much protein is bad for you, but that is a myth!

In fact, there is no real scientific study done that has proven eating a high protein diet has a negative effect on healthy individuals.

The only possible negative reaction to whey protein is if you are lactose intolerant you may experience stomach issues, that is why I recommend whey protein isolate because it has little to no lactose in it.

If you’re still wondering, is whey protein good? The answer is yes; because it’s not bad for you!

Do you need it?

No!

Can you benefit from it?

Yes!

It really comes down to what your fitness and nutrition goals are. Give it a try and see if it meets your expectations and decide for yourself.

Just remember whey protein is NOT steroids and will not give you super-human strength or turn you into Mr. Olympia over-night.

Regardless of your protein choice it takes hard-work, dedication, and consistency to achieve any level of success.

Whey protein can and will help assist you in the pursuit of achieving your goals if used along with a well planned out nutrition plan.

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Where to BUY Whey Protein!

So, what do you think now… is whey protein a good choice for you?

Of course it is!

Your body needs protein for optimal performance and recovery. Without protein, you will not survive!

Protein helps build muscle and is needed in large amounts often throughout the day to support recovery from the stress of strength training, bodybuilding, and just about any physical activity that is demanding on the body.

I hope that this info was helpful. Please feel free to leave a comment about your thoughts and experience with whey protein supplements.

Check out this article if you are interested in learning about the benefits of vitamins, minerals, and other supplements.

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.-Robert Louis Stevenson

All the best,

Marcus

marcus@totalfitnut.com

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Marcus is a man of God, married to a wonderful women and has 4 children. He is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer and aspiring Powerlifter. He has a passion for helping others achieve personal growth through a healthy fitness and nutrition based lifestyle. With hard work and dedication anything is possible. God bless

4 Comments

  1. I love this stuff and thank you for the read. I have used whey protein before and find that there are a couple different flavors but I only like vanilla because I find it mixes better into my shakes after workout without taking to much of the flavor away from the fruit and nuts I put in there.

    • Hey Caleb, thanks for visiting! I agree that vanilla works well with smoothies, but there are a lot of great flavors that mix easily with water or milk. This allows for more options and the convenience to make a shake anywhere anytime needed. Whey is great for between meals, pre/ post workout, or as a snack to satisfy cravings. 

      Thanks,

      Marcus

  2. Hi Marcus. I have heard of a lot of people drinking Whey shakes to help with protein especially when working out or body building. I understand it can be great for your body. But I have a question, could this also be a helpful agent in weight loss? Thank you.

    • Hello Melissa, thanks for stopping by! Whey protein can be very helpful for people that are looking to get leaner by losing fat. Adding whey protein to a healthy diet plan allows you to get an adequate amount of protein while keeping your overall calories low. Also, whey protein can be a great substitute for sweet tooth cravings because of the variety in flavors that taste great.

      All the best,

      Marcus

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