The Protein shake fear

Ever since fitness and body building has been around, protein shakes have been a subject undergoing intense study and mass speculation. And when it comes to women and protein shakes, the fear is even greater.

Let’s not go off-road from our topic and quickly check out some facts about whey protein-

Whey – A drug?

First of all, there is a huge ambiguity on whey protein being a drug or a steroid.
Whey protein is just a byproduct of milk. Similarly, there are soy or egg albumin proteins. It’s the entire process of extraction and quality of amino (proteins) that make it costly. Its just as safe as having milk,soy or eggs, only a little better.

When should we add whey?
It is added when one is not able to complete his/her protein requirement from the solid food items .You cannot ask a vegetarian guy with a protein requirement of 200 gms to practically eat 1 kg of paneer , daily, if the diet says so. Whey protein comes handy as a healthy source of protein.

Workout Vs. Whey

I don’t work out, so do I really need to have whey protein? – Another common and a frequently asked query.
Having a whey protein is irrespective of your workout regime. If your budget allows one can surely have it to meet his protein needs.

Whey protein – Within 5 minutes of your workout?
Another myth. If you are on a structured and quantified diet, you don’t really need to worry about having a whey protein immediately after your workout, although it’s a good practice to have it post workout. You can have it any other time, make sure you complete your daily calorie requirement, you won’t lose a pack of muscles! (check out the below research for reference)

Women and Whey protein

I am a woman, I don’t want to look giant with muscles, can I avoid whey?
Well , having whey is an individual’s choice, however, it won’t make you muscular either! The protein requirement for a female is a bit low, whether untrained or trained as compared to men. But one can definitely have whey protein, irrespective of his/her gender, without worrying about any side effects of it. (Unless one has bought some non-genuine product ).

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3879660/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3577439/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16767436

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Shanu Shashank

Shanu Shashank

Hi All! I’m Shanu. I have been working as a Nutrition Expert with SQUATS for past more than a year and have been able to guide more than 300 people in this short span of time. As a person, I have always been enthusiastic about fitness and sports, with cricket being my first passion. I also have a transformation story. I transformed myself from a 47 kg skinny guy to what I am today, with a much better and muscular physique. During my journey, it was reading that always stood by me and opened my eyes to a deeper awareness of the human body. As a Fitmag Author, it has been my aim to help others through my writings, and with Fitmag serving as the best online platform that makes fitness accessible to EVERY man and woman out there, it becomes easier to reach out to those that need help and support! I love writing as much as I love lifting. And I encourage you to read Fitmag and open your eyes to a better world and a better you!