protein powder and weight gaining?
Topic: protein powder and weight gaining?
April 25, 2019 / By Boaz Question:
i am around 5'8 and i only way 122, that is really bad and i want to gain more weight. I have started upping my calorie intake and working out but i stopped gaining weight once i reached 122. I just ordered the whey protein powder and i am wondering does it really work? what would happen if i used the powder and worked out more.... would my arms and chest (muscles overall) look bigger ? what if i took the powder and didn't work out.... would it turn into fat? also when should i drink it? and how often? can it be twice a day or is that too much?
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Acklea | 1 day ago
Whey protein can help a bit.
To gain weight you need to combine protein foods with starchy carbohydrates as indicated below.
Good weight gaining combinations are bread, cereals, pasta, rice, corn, potatoes or sweet potatoes combined with meat, poultry, eggs, cheese, nuts or sea food.
Peanut butter sandwiches and cheese sandwiches are good weight gaining combinations.
The protein in the above combinations will help to gain extra muscles.
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Originally Answered: Can you mix whey protein powder and psyllium husk powder?
Yes, no problem. I have done it before. If you use more than 1 tsp of the psyllium powder it might get too thick to drink. Also, start slowly with the psyllium powder as it can cause cramping in some people. Because of the absorption associated with psyllium, increase your drinking water requirements daily.
*NOW makes an orange-flavored psyllium husk powder that is pretty good:
Chocolate Whey Powder is my favorite for a change:
Protein doesn't make you gain weight, calories do and protein is only 100 calories per 25g of protein. The reason you stopped gaining weight is because you're probably not eating enough calories. Increasing calories doesn't do anything. You need to find out how much calories you need with a calorie calculator that includes activity level. Also as you gain weight you'll need even more calories so you'll have to recalculate once a week at least. You don't need optimum nutrition whey. Theyr popular because of flavours not protein quality. All whey is basically the same except optimum is priced way higher. If you took the protein and didn't work out nothing bad will happen because like I said above calories make you gain weight. Protein actually has fat loss benefits so increasing protein will increase fat burning. You can take it twice a day and it's probably best if you do to make sure you get enough protein. I'd drink one in the morning and one pre workout. You can also do pre workout and post workout.
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I'm familiar with that product, it's crap. If you can, cancel the order.
The most popular whey protein out there is Gold Optimum Whey.
This is the good stuff. As for what you want, I have to explain some things on how it works and how to use it.
Whey is a the liquid remaining after milk has been strained. It has a high protein content. Your muscles need protein to grow. Some say you need between 80-120 grams of protein daily when in a lifting regimen. The supplement just helps you get to that number so you aren't stuffing chicken breasts in your mouth all day. It is an easier way. It is not designed to be your only source of protein or source of nutrition. It is a supplement, I.E., it supplements your already proper diet plan.
For when to take it. Studies have shown that taking it within 30 minutes of working out helps with muscle recovery.
As for doubling up, you can. However, make sure you space them out at least 4 hours. Your body can only metabolize so much at once and if you take them too close, your body will just excrete the excess, essentially wasting your product. Again, you only should consider doing this if you aren't getting enough protein in your diet. I have on occasion doubled up, especially if I do more than one workout a day, but it isn't necessary.
On the instructions, it might tell you to, but that is marketing. They want you to go through your product faster so you order more. You just don't need it.
As for doing it without working out, protein powder alone won't have any bad effects. Some people take the protein powder for dietary issues, but they usually use a more pure form called "whey protein isolate." The stuff I told you to get is a concentrate/isolate mix. For lifting purposes, you don't need the isolate. If you don't plan on working out, don't waste your money. It is not a magical pill. It only helps you recover and promotes muscle growth from exercise.
As for fat, it does have sugar in it. But at the end of the day, it's like drinking a cup of chocolate milk.
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Hey buddy, protein powder is a great way into upping the grams of protein you consume on a daily basis. Although they are not essential in gaining muscle. If you're only 122lbs but you eat a good amount of protein as it is from the foods you are eating then you probably won't need the powder. With your weight you would probably want to aim for about 1g of protein per pound of body weight if your goal is to build some muscle, so that's 122g of protein a day. Now, if your working out at an intense enough level for yourself and you are seeing results then whatever your doing is working. It's all about experimenting unfortunately, there are a ton of different ways to go about building muscle. Also, drinking it after your workout would probably be the best in my opinion. As long as you make sure you are doing slowish reps and really burning the muscles you are working then you should see some really good results :) and remember! fats and carbs are just as important to your working out journey!
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Maybe you could try drinking protein shakes or high calories bars and shakes to help you to gain weight. Maybe see a dietician, they can give you a good diet plan. It's good that you want to gain weight healthily; foods such as nuts, butter, red meat, peanut butter, eggs, granola, fruit juice and pasta are great for weight gain.
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Originally Answered: Protein Powder and weight loss
I've never used a non-flavored one, but they already have strawberry flavored protein powders.
The one I use I buy from www.dpsnutrition.com is strawberry whey by Optimum Nutrition. I mix it with orange juice after my workouts, and it actually tastes pretty good.
If you're looking to add protein to fruit smoothies, this will probably work out good for you.
Side note: Fruit smoothies have a lot of sugar (even though it is natural sugar). For weight loss, you might want to go easy on sugar. The only time you really should have a lot is right after lifting weights.
EDIT: Whey in general can be good for weight loss (make sure to count it as calories though). See my source.
Most whey protein powders are really low in fat and carbs.