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What's your take on Supplements (especially Whey protein)?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

For most part of my life I have been one of those people who believe that all these Supplements, meal replacement powders and even Whey protein are "Artificial" means of weight loss and that they do more harm than good! emoticon
Well, I am starting to question that now! And the more I read or talk about it, the more confusing it gets because I keep receiving conflicting views. emoticon So, let me list out the pros and cons I see and it would be great if you could provide your opinion and also share your own experience if you have used any of these food supplements to aid your weight loss efforts -
Pros -
1. Our diet does not provide all the essential nutrients we need to stay healthy. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
2. Also unless we are on a 100% organic diet, we really don't know how much benefit (nutrients) are our freshly cooked meals actually providing us.
3. Coming to Whey protein or other protein supplements - Although there are enough protein sources even in a vegetarian diet, I'm not sure that we include enough of them in our daily diet to meet our protein requirement.
4. The supplements provide you the nutrients in a concentrated and "PURE?" form. Meaning that you don't have to eat as much to meet your nutrient requirement and hence save on Calories. emoticon

Cons -
1. Its processed. We don't get to see what goes into making them and how healthy they really are. emoticon
2. I don't know if its true, but have heard that your body gets kinda addicted to it. So, if you stop using them after taking them for a while then you would put on all the lost weight back and More!!! emoticon
3. That they may have harmful effects on the kidney and liver etc etc.

Well, these are just a few... you might have heard of some more! So, what do you think? emoticon Ever used them or learnt some interesting facts? Would you recommend them as part of your daily diet? and if yes, How much and for how long? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    I use whey protein and love it. I add whey protein into my green smoothies to help me get my protein in. I'm not a big protein eater so whey protein supplement helps me out.

    FYI - I stick with whey protein that doesn't have added sugar (or very little).
    1822 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/28/2013 9:09:10 PM
    I'm not one of those people that takes 30 supplements a day, but I do think that I need a good daily multivitamin and a little extra calcium as insurance. And, on the whey, after tracking nutrition for a long time I've come to realize that I rarely hit even the bottom of my protein requirements. And I feel that it is essential for me to work on building more muscle mass - so, most mornings I have a green smoothie with a full serving of organic whey protein (whey only, no flavoring or sugar) in it.
    1822 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/28/2013 12:01:52 PM
    It just depends on how your body reacts. Mine put on weight with whey powder (organic, sweetened with Stevia, organic coco). Just watch how it effects your body.
    1822 days ago
    I take vitamin/mineral supplements per doctor's orders because, living with my husband's food allergies, it's hard for us to get all the vitamins etc. that we need and the vitamins help bridge that gap. I struggle to get enough protein but I don't supplement my protein; I just try to be careful that every meal/snack has a good source of protein.

    I've never thought of them as weight loss aids. Eating protein in any form helps you lose weight because protein makes you feel full and stay full longer, but you get the same benefit from eating chicken or hummus or a handful of nuts as you do whey protein.
    1822 days ago
  • ELAYNE39
    You should be able to get all the nutrients you need eating a healthy diet. That said, I think taking supplements can be a way to help meet one's needs. We don't eat perfectly everyday, at least I don't. So for supplements, it depends on what you think you need. I drink a protein shake every day (30 gr protein), but I have a higher protein need as I lift weights. And I mean I lift heavy weights. So I use a protein shake to help boost the protein intake for a smaller amount of calories plus it is easier for me to take along. Stonecot is correct, I could get more protein through dairy and as a natural source would be better, but I'm one of those that can't ingest a lot of dairy. Supplements are not the key to weight loss. Supplements are just what they say they supplement. They are not meant to be a replacement or the only source of nutrition. Generally, the supplements are not the best source for what nutrients you need, but they can help fill a short gap.
    1822 days ago
    I really do not see why a healthy diet would not contain all the nutrients needed. Mine does, including the protein. I've never seen any scientific evidence that any of them aid weight loss. If people stopped cutting out diary, when they are not lactose intolerant, they would get most of the protein and other nutrients they needed. Scientific research has shown, that the fats contained in full cream milk, prevent the body from absorbing saturated fats, eliminating them from the system. Milk is a more natural product than any supplement. emoticon
    1822 days ago
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