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HEALTHYJILL124 SparkPoints: (581)
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12/1/13 4:55 P

Thanks all! My goal is to get more protein since I am vegetarian, and so that I am not just filling up on carbs since I love pasta, bread, etc.

I have found Quest Bars (found at GNC) and they are good. Trying to have in place of a meal so I can get more protein in. Most are approx 20g and high in fiber, low in sugar. They really help me feel full so I am not snacking all night (especially working overnight or working on homework).

BLUEHORSE17 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/1/13 1:47 A

I can tell you from personal experience that you will only bulk-up if you try to. I eat a lot of protein in general but I didn't start bulking up until I concentrated on certain muscles with exercise - like lifting weights with dumb bells.

MARYLIZ54120 Posts: 370
11/29/13 2:40 P

No, you won't bulk up.

ANARIE Posts: 13,192
11/27/13 9:09 P

A bigger concern would be that you're adding calories to get something your body doesn't need. Even people who are *trying* to "bulk up" only need about half a gram of protein for every pound of body weight. If you're going beyond that, you're taking calories out of your allotment that could be going to other healthy foods. If you get too much protein, either you go over your calorie recommendation or you short yourself on fat or carbohydrate. And excessive protein isn't good for your kidneys. If there are any issues with kidney disease or high blood pressure in your family history, you'll want to keep your protein intake within the limits that SparkPeople recommends.

IMO, using protein powder to increase your protein intake is like using table sugar to meet your carb recommendation. What matters for health isn't so much the pure protein, but the high-protein foods that contain it. If you need protein, try a glass of milk so you get calcium, vitamin D, B vitamins, phosphorus, etc. Or maybe some tuna so you get healthy fats and a little iron, and so on. Real food is always better than powder.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,229)
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11/27/13 11:59 A


11/27/13 10:14 A

This is a classic worry for many women who are afraid they'll accidently become muscularly massive, lol.

The two replies are correct, in short; you HAVE to want to build muscle mass to get it and it's freakin HARD AS HELL to do.


JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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11/26/13 7:48 A

Your average woman isn't going to "bulk up" even with strength training with heavy weights and a higher protein intake. Women lack testosterone and have less of the muscle type that men possess that leads to "bulky muscles". Any woman you do see who is "bulky" didn't get that way... naturally, unless she has abnormally high levels of testosterone. I do powerlifting and I doubt anyone would ever refer to me as bulky. Don't be afraid to lift heavy when strength training and don't be afraid of protein. You don't need an excessive amount but just aim to get adequate protein within your Spark recommendations.

Women have a hard time building muscle compared to men. It takes A LOT of work. The muscle we do build is not bulky, it's lean. Muscle takes up less room than fat per pound, it's more dense. Fat is bulky, muscle is not. Muscle makes you thinner and your body tighter (toned). You *want* muscle.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
11/26/13 1:33 A

no, absolutely not.

for anyone to "bulk up" would require strength training with heavy weights. and for women especially, it's really hard work. Simply eating protein won't do a darn thing to add bulk - UNLESS you over-eat on your overall calories for the day. In which case - fat storage, not muscle-mass "bulk".

HEALTHYJILL124 SparkPoints: (581)
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11/25/13 9:06 P

If I have too much protein (bars, eggs, protein powder, etc.), am I going to bulk up if I stay within my range? I am vegetarian, so I am trying to get more in....


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