An Introduction to Using Whey Protein for Weight Gain

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Whey protein powders, shakes and other supplements are quickly rising in popularity as a protein supplement, but many people want to know more about them before starting a whey protein diet. Whey protein is a natural protein supplement derived from milk and more specifically, a whey bi-product of making cheese. Because of this, any problems users have with milk (such as allergies) will be present with whey protein.

Choosing a Whey Protein

Most people want to know that they are choosing the best whey protein product for the money, but most whey protein supplements are similar in how they affect you. The only quality indicators are either labels such as ‘organic whey protein powder’ or purer forms of whey protein. Users will also have to decide whether they want to purchase whey protein shakes or whey protein powder and whether they want to purchase bulk whey protein, or a little at a time. In most cases, choosing between powder and shake whey protein is a personal choice. Usually factors between the two include that whey protein shakes are generally easier to portion control and are more convenient, but also more expensive. Whey protein powder that you mix yourself will normally contain the same ingredients, but come in a powder format that you can buy in bulk, such as a 5kg whey protein package. Whey protein powder is traditionally cheaper, but runs the risk of you using too much and therefore it can be harder to get the exact dosage. Powder supplements also give you the advantage of choosing what to mix it with, including water, milk, soy milk, or pretty much any liquid you have on hand, although results are not guaranteed to be tasty if you get too creative.

What to Watch Out For

If you’re trying to lose weight, it’s important that you read labels before making a whey protein purchase. For example, some whey protein supplements do contain a great deal of carbohydrates and sugars. The best whey protein products for weight loss usually have less sugar and less carbs, but the same amount of protein. Usually the taste won’t be as good, but the results will be much faster.

It is important to remember to stick to the recommended dosing. Whether you’re using pre-mixed shakes or whey protein powder, you should measure the dosage in order to avoid taking too much. Having more protein won’t necessarily increase your muscle gain, but it can cause nausea, cramps and bloating due to the fact that it is a milk product. However, whey protein powder, when taken as directed, is a clinically proven way to help increase muscle mass gain, especially over a period 6-10 weeks of intense training.

Chris Michaels is a frequent contributor for Supplement Warehouse and has written many articles pertaining to all things regarding bodybuilding, supplements and equipment especially on such subjects as making the best of your whey protein powders and shakes.

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Chris Michaels is a frequent contributor for Supplement Warehouse and has written many articles pertaining to all things regarding bodybuilding, supplements and equipment especially on such subjects as making the best of your whey protein powders and shakes.


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