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Does Whey Powder Help You to Lose Weight?

author image Eric Brown
Eric Brown began writing professionally in 1990 and has been a strength and conditioning coach and exercise physiologist for more than 20 years. His published work has appeared in "Powerlifting USA," "Ironsport" and various peer-reviewed journals. Brown has a Bachelor of Science in exercise physiology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in kinesiology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Does Whey Powder Help You to Lose Weight?
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Whey powder is protein, which means it provides essential nutrients and is an excellent source of many amino acids. It will not help you lose weight, but it will help you retain lean body mass while dieting, which keeps your metabolism from dropping. Consult your physician before beginning any diet or exercise program.

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What is Whey Protein?

Whey protein is a product of dairy manufacturing. It is an extremely bio-available protein, which means that the body is able to use a large percentage of whey for various bodily processes, most notably muscle repair and regrowth. Whey is a very diet-friendly protein in that it is not only high in protein, but low in carbohydrates and fat.

Use of Whey

The best time to consume whey protein is post-workout. It is quickly digestible and will help you recover from training. Assuming you are training with sufficient volume and intensity, you will be burning amino acids and breaking down muscle tissue, and you need to replace lost nutrients as quickly as possible. For maximal anabolic effect, combine some simple carbohydrates, such as dextrose, with your whey protein to refill muscle glycogen. Active people need more protein than their inactive counterparts, so supplementing with whey protein may help avoid the catabolic, or wasting effect of long-term dieting.

Getting the Most Out of Whey

There are really no disadvantages to whey except it is quickly digested. To get more out of whey you may wish to combine it with other foods so it digests slower, but this is not critical. If you chose to do so, mix whey with milk, pancake batter, ice cream, or sugar-free pudding.

Whey Too Much?

Do not think that you can just drink whey all day, even though it is a complete protein and very high in many essential nutrients. You still need a balanced diet, which means adequate carbohydrates for your energy demands and sufficient fats and essential fatty acids to regulate your hormonal levels. Your whey also needs to be counted into your caloric intake for the day, as each gram contains four calories. But whey can be a very useful dietary aid, so make the most out of it.

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