The one thing you’ll surely find in the arsenal of anyone who takes fitness seriously is a tub of whey protein. Admittedly I’ve met some who shy away from it refusing any sort of supplementation. I don’t believe in magic pills but let’s shed some light on what science had to say about protein supplementation
Whey is the fastest absorbable protein known to man to this date which explains why it’s a favorite for post workout. It’s of particular importance to distinguish whey concentrate from whey isolate specially for people who are lactose intolerant.
The Different Types Of Whey Protein
Whey concentrate is basically the liquid part resulting from fermenting milk, dried and converted into powder form. Meaning it retains the carbs, fats with actual whey concentration ranging between 25 to 89%. Whereas whey isolate is the newer technology of extraction with actual whey above 90%, containing less than 1% lactose.
A newer form of whey has been introduced for quite some time now; whey protein hydrolysates which is basically semi-digested whey protein allowing faster delivery of amino acids into the muscle tissues.
Should You Follow A High Protein Diet?
High protein diets have been advocated by many health professionals. For starters, protein breakdown in the digestive system require a considerable amount of energy meaning that the body spends more energy units for digesting protein than it does burning carbs and fats. By the same token, it takes longer to digest protein than carbs (at least most of them) and fats which translates into longer satiety i.e. you feel full for longer periods.
Before you get hyped up though about increasing your protein it’s important to understand that increasing your protein intake alone is more like a tunnel vision approach. Yes, it will better your health, spare your muscles from wasting, help you build more muscle if you workout, and improve your immune system.
However, it is paramount to understand that excessive or even proper protein intake without paying attention to the different other sound nutrition practices could possibly impose unfavorable effects on the body such as:
– Alterations of blood pH which leads in the long run to bone de-mineralization (i.e. the loss of calcium from bone); predisposing to weaker bones.
– It could also (in the lack of proper hydration) tax the kidneys which washes away the waste products from the blood stream.
– Abdominal disturbances from excessive protein intake especially in the case of whey protein.
This should never discourage you from increasing your protein intake and using protein powders for that matter, it just serves to revive the good old saying that moderation is always key.
In the coming article I will be going through some considerations that you need to checklist should you wish to incorporate whey or any protein for that matter into your daily eating habits.
Until then; work hard, eat right, sleep tight and don’t forget to have some fun while at it!