Whey Protein Benefits and Side Effects- A teenager’s personal Experience
Whey protein is derived from cow’s milk. It is commonly used as a dietary supplement by athletes and bodybuilders in order to increase muscle mass and overall performance. The main ingredient being ‘protein’ which is the building block of life and pivotal for muscle growth, since muscle cells are also made up of protein. Whey is one of the best-absorbed forms of protein in the body, so supplementing with it can be a healthy option. But a few side effects of using whey protein have been reported, so here we shall discuss whether it is worth consuming it or not.
As I told earlier, Whey protein is the best form of protein that exists on earth, as it has all the essential amino acids like leucine, isoleucine, and valine (BCAA’s), which the body uses to build, repair and maintain muscle mass. Whey is also popular among athletes because of its fast acting and easy digesting property.
Benefits of Whey Protein:
- Easy and convenient, as it can be an on-the-go meal without having to put the time and effort to cook.
- Helps in losing fat
- Maintains and builds new muscle mass
- Increases muscle size and strength
- Reduces food craving and hunger
- Promotes healthy cardiovascular function
- Boosts immunity
- Very easily and quickly absorbed by the body.
Whey Protein Side Effects:
- Whey Protein if consumed in excess can cause many serious side effects including kidney stones, liver damage, and osteoporosis.
- Many allergic reactions can occur if you consume whey, especially in those who are lactose intolerant.
- Less serious side effects of consuming whey protein include stomach cramps, abdominal pain, severe headaches, diarrhea, bloating, lots of gas, dizziness, increased thirst, vomiting, and loose stools.
- Tiredness and chronic fatigue.
- Increased bowel movements and constipation
- People allergic to milk should avoid using whey protein.
So these were the benefits and side effects of using whey protein. These have been reported ubiquitously from all around the globe and have also been verified via many kinds of research and studies. Meanwhile, we must acknowledge that everything in excess can be dangerous, whether it is water or consuming a high-quality protein such as whey. If you exercise on a regular basis then it is obvious that your body needs an extra amount of protein to build and repair the muscle damaged during workouts. This can be achieved through a well-balanced diet and supplements. Taking whey protein in the recommended amount can be a very healthy option to take your workout regimen and body nutrition to the next level.
My personal Experience of Using Whey Protein (A Case Study)
How many of us out there think and then rethink when the term protein supplements or protein shakes come to your mind. This one is for all of you out there who end up thinking about it. This article is purely based on my experiences with a particular brand of protein and how I have benefited from it.
Before I get started let me describe myself to you. I am an average 20-year-old weighing 170 pounds and measuring 6 feet and would one could say that I have an athletic build. I started taking protein (not selling a product so would not be naming what I took if someone wants to know they can send us an email and we shall be glad to share with them the information) about three months ago.
Prior to this, I had been going to the gym for about two months. Over these two months I didn’t gain much strength nor did I bulk up much. Despite the skepticism, I ended up taking down some protein in my diet. I took a scoop in the morning and one after I had worked out in the gym. The results were as stated below:
• I could see a considerable amount of difference in terms of strength within the first week itself. Literally speaking I was able to pick up heavier weights and work out longer. This resulted in working out my muscles to their optimum levels thus generating maximum growth and results.
• Moving into my second week I was more confident working out at the gym *Hello who doesn’t like picking heavier weights. Visually still I wasn’t seeing much difference but as they say for results to show up you have to give it some time.
• At the end of a month, I was gradually seeing a visible change in my appearance. I had buffed up a bit but there still was a lot more to head in.
• At the end of the second month, I had gained two inches around my biceps and a couple of inches around my chest. I had lost a bit of tummy fat too.
At the end of the two months, I gave up protein shakes and went all natural. This again was a personal choice. Like they say everything in excess is harmful. Well, I personally am a strong believer of the fact. Over the course of the months that followed, I kept faith with my time at the gym and the diet I took. I made it a point to eat healthily and maintain an optimum diet.
I did not incur any side effects or any digestive problems over the course I did take protein supplements. Again the point to emphasize here is to take the right stuff and have it in the right proportions. One should make it a point that if they are taking supplements and eating a certain diet then they are also burning it out in the gym. Protein supplements do help, they helped me but you should know when to stop. Once you reach a certain level of strength and endurance up at the gym you should be strong enough to give it up and go all natural.
Hope this helps. Stay fit, stay healthy.