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Protein supplements

Postby Haakon_Myrseth » Jan 02, 2004 14:21

To Mr Kurz and other forum members.
What are your thoughts about protein supplements such as whey protein? Do protein supplements make a big difference for someone who do strength training?
I am considering buying whey protein. But I would like to know your opinions on it.
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Postby UKfightfreak » Jan 04, 2004 07:51

I am sure Tom Kurz has covered this in a book or article, but it is possible to get all your protien from food, just sometimes it is very inconveinient.

From what I have read whey protien is spoken of highly and I am sure a couple of shakes per day will have benefit.

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Postby Haakon_Myrseth » Jan 20, 2004 19:15

I have began taking protein supplements. I take three shakes a day. Many of my friends in the dojang has been commenting that I look better and muscular just because of the protein powder and call me a cheater! Am I? What can I say to them to convince them they're wrong?
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Postby Guest » Jan 22, 2004 04:02

Protein doesn't create muscle. It is rationale strength training that got u results. Tell them if protein shakes got u results, then everybody who take supplements will guranteed get results. Of course there are still many obeise people in the world, so this is certainly untrue. However, I think if this is possible, u don't really need to spend money on these shakes. Eating proper would do the same.

Re: Protein supplements

Postby Thomas Kurz » Jan 23, 2004 19:06

Haakon_Myrseth wrote:Do protein supplements make a big difference for someone who do strength training?

Yes, because increased protein intake combined with strength training helps to rebuild and even gain muscle mass.

Haakon_Myrseth wrote:I am considering buying whey protein. But I would like to know your opinions on it.

A food or a combination of foods that is good for you has to be good for all systems of your body. So, if you feel good, digest well, have no changes for the worse in any aspect of your health or any area of your body, then the food or the supplement is good for you. If, on the contrary, your breath smells worse, or your get more acne, or hemorrhoids, or your tolerance for caffeine worsens (you can't sleep well after the same amount of tea or coffee you tolerated well before), or anything gets worse, then perhaps the new food is not good for you. It may be not good no matter what else you eat and drink or it may be not good because of something else you eat or drink or not eat or not drink. For example, if you increase your protein intake you better make sure you are well-hydrated so drink more water and less dehydrating drinks like tea and coffee.
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Postby mmeloon » Feb 27, 2004 17:05


Kurz is right on the money (as usual). Protein can definitely help with muscle building. I had difficulting making gains until I upped my protein. Same workout but with more protein changed a non-gaining cycle into something great. I've heard numbers such as 1.25-1.5g of protein per pound of lean (not fat) bodyweight tossed around.

He's also right about the 'correct' protein suppliment being the one that is correct for your body, not what some magazine or guy at the gym told you. If you can't digest it well, then it's not right for you even if everyone else is raving about it. Don't waste time trying to convince yourself otherwise.

You didn't mention why you were interested in whey protein over milk or egg protein based protein powders. Do you have something against those forms? If not you may want to consider using simple powdered non-fat milk. It's much cheaper than protein powder and 1/3 cup will give you 9g of protein. If you're lactose intolerant, then this is obviously not the way to go.

Best thing to do is to buy a small amount of whatever suppliment you are considering and give it a try. Keep written records of your strength, bodyweight, bodyfat %, etc. before you try the suppliment and what those values are afterwards. Write down any unusual feelings you get (did you feel bloated at all?). Be honest with yourself. Did it work?

Good luck,
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Re: Protein supplements

Postby allan101 » Nov 11, 2009 22:45

Hi,I am taking protein bars and protein shakes like everyday. But I do not run or jog or do any cardio excersize, I only lift weights. Is that bad for me?
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