Protein Supplement Scam

Question:Buy Optimum Whey

Hello I'm 6'1" tall, weight 178 pounds and have a body fat percentage of 17%

My goal is to Gain toned muscle and lower BF to around 10%

I am taking Optimum Gold Standard 100% whey protein.

I take 2 scoops on training days before and after my workout.

I lift 4 times a week and do cardio 3 to 5 days a week.

What are your thoughts on this protein?

Will it help me get towards my goal to lose fat and get that more "ripped" look?

During my kinesiology class my teacher mentioned something about how proteins are a scam and really don't help.

Just wondering what your thoughts were.

Answered By:

Mike Behnken, MS, CSCS ANswers the Fitness Question


Protein is overrated because people don't know how to use it properly. Taking a protein supplement without any carbs is a waste of time often because your body will not produce the glycemic response which shuttles the amino acids to skeletal muscle for protein synthesis.

Unless you're on steroids or shoot insulin after you take the protein supplement, it will it is of little use to take a protein supplement. The fact that dietary carbohydrates spares muscle protein should be noted.

The best uses for protein supplements is to take them when your meal is protein deficient and especially after your workout.

Remember, in order for your post-workout protein to be utilized you should consume it with a 4:1 carb : protein ratio. Your professor is probably referring to the idea that the more whey protein you supplement the more muscle you will gain as a scam which it is.

Gaining muscle and reducing your body fat percentage requires a caloric surplus and a balance between healthy fats, complex carbohydrates and lean proteins, which can come in the form of a supplement and real foods.

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