Hi guys I'm 52 years old and have been taking whey only after workouts. I realize my age has A lot to do with trouble losing belly fat. Just curious if whey can make it tougher to lose weight. Thanks for your time.
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on March 04, 2013
at 02:34 AM
Whey just after workouts? I assume strenuous workouts and not light stuff? Unlikely to be related then. Unless you're gulping down a container of whey a sitting. Main thing as you get older is hormonal I think. Especially if it's in the gut. Lot of estrogen receptors there. Lower testosterone, higher estrogen, and boom, big belly.
on February 03, 2013
at 11:11 PM
The short answer is yes, potentially.
You may find this article particularly useful http://www.ergo-log.com/wheycas.html
Foods high in whey = ricotta cheese and whey protein powder
Foods high in casein = cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, cheese, and casein protein powder
on July 16, 2013
at 02:16 PM
Of course, whey raises insulin quicker than most sources of protein, with the exception of BCAA (which whey contains, is probably the reason for the insulin rise.) Next, if your whey is sweetened in any way, and some even contain artificial sweeteners or fructose, it will have a further effect.
This isn't to say that it's a bad thing if your goal is just to gain muscle, but if you also have fat to lean out, then perhaps some sort of cycling where you do mass gains for a week or two, then lean out for a week or two while doing something like a 16/8 IF (16 hour fast, 8 hour eating window - i.e. skip breakfast OR skip dinner) and using those same BCAAs when fasting and avoiding all carbs and other protein during the fast hours, and go low (but not zero carb) as your first meal after the fast, is very useful.
You'd probably want to switch away from the whey shakes and do something like a grassfed steak, or wild caught salmon instead, post workout.
on July 15, 2013
at 09:39 PM
First off, you do realize that you are paying a ton of money for something less nourishing than seafood or organ meats, right. You could have oysters after every workout for less money and likely more payoff.
If it was just whey, it might be fine, but I checked out the ingredient list and there are all sorts of things that could be problematic for you. http://gnc.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pGNC1-14788137_gnclabel_pdf.pdf Nonfat milk powder, soy lecithin, titanium dioxide, sucralose (artificial sweetener), acesulfame potassium (artificial sweetener), artificial flavors, and chili extracts (how do you do with nightshades?).
I know shakes are convenient, but I get persnickety when I see supplements trying to disguise themselves as food. And full disclosure I am extremely biased because every thing I have ever tried with whey protein isolate or extract has made me extremely nauseated and on occasion vomit uncontrollably for about an hour afterwards. Hydrolyzed whey extract is not whey, and if you have issues with MSG it could be problematic. Since weight loss/body composition is largely driven by hormonal status, I am extremely wary of making a staple out of something with so many artificial ingredients that could impact hormonal signaling. If you like to drink whey after your workout strain some yogurt overnight, and simply pour it into the same travel cup you'd be mixing your supplement in, and invest what you'll be saving on workout supplements in a retirement account so you can spend your golden years in a nice beachfront palapa.