When you are in a bodybuilding regime it is important that you concentrate on the nutrition which you are providing to your body with the help of diet. A proper workout would provide you with the required results but a proper workout coupled with proper nutrition would provide you with enhanced results.
If you look into the various supplements which can help you in bodybuilding, one name which you would often come across would be whey protein. Whey protein has become synonymous with the bodybuilding workouts. Whey protein can actually help you in increasing the speed at which you gain muscles. Whey protein has been tested by thousands of gym trainers as well as athletes and brings great results when used properly.
There have been some rumors that whey protein is having side-effects as well. One of the most common rumor which people hear about is whey protein can make you gain weight if you’re not working out. What is the truth behind this rumor?
We went into the chemical composition of whey protein and how our body would react to whey protein if we are not working out and found out the answer to this question.
Does whey protein make you gain weight?
Whey protein can only help you out when you’re working out regularly. If you’re not working out then whey protein is not for you and it would not be providing any benefit to you. If you look into results of people who consume whey protein you would realize that each and every person from a normal body builder all the way to athletes, consume whey protein to give them an extra edge to build their body quickly. If you look into the consumption instructions of whey protein, you would realize that it is instructed to be used after the workout and not before.
The reason that whey protein is to be used after the workout is so that it makes up for any damage to the muscles during the workout.
If you’re not working out and if you’re not having any heavy physical activity either then due to the calories which is present in whey protein, you would actually gain weight. The reason is that when you’re taking whey protein, the protein is used up in making the muscles in the body but if you’re not working out, these muscles would not be created and therefore the protein which is consumed by taking whey protein would not be used by the body and therefore this protein would then be stored in the body in the form of fats. That is why, if you’re not working out whey protein can actually make you gain weight.
That is why, it is important that when ever you are taking whey protein you abide by the regular workout schedule as far as possible because any disturbance to the regular workout schedule for a longer period of time then a single day would cause the whey protein to be stored in the body in the form of fats which would increase your weight.
Calories in whey protein:
When you’re taking whey protein, you need to understand that protein contains a lot of calories and if you’re speaking about a single scoop of whey protein then it can easily contain up to 110 cal and also when you’re regularly consuming whey protein shakes, you would realize that whey protein shakes are even more heavier because you are combining them with milk.
When you stop the exercise, these extra calories which are being consumed by your body, are stored in the form of fats as we have mentioned above. Even with moderate physical activity other than the workout, these calories would not be used up by the body and therefore you would go on piling weight and you would become obese if you’re consuming whey protein and if at the same point of time if you’re not working out.
You might be thinking that under normal circumstances, whey protein can actually help you in losing weight then how can you gain weight by the consumption of a protein. This is because whey protein can only help you in losing weight when you’re working out because then it leads to fat burning but if you’re not working out it would add to the fat content in your body. When your muscles are being built, the fat is being burned by your body due to the workout which is leading to the buildup of the muscles. On the other hand, if you’re not working out than the existing fat content in your body would not be used up and in addition to that more fats would be deposited in your body in the form of a protein.
There have been many people who have commented that a break in the working out regime but continuation in the consumption of whey protein has caused them to gain a significant amount of fat in a very short period of time. Similarly, suddenly stopping the consumption of whey protein after weeks of consuming whey protein is not a good advise either and therefore the best option which you have got is to continue working out so that your body is able to use off the fat which is present in the body and also the protein which you are getting from whey protein is also used by your body to build the muscles. This would ensure that the fat content in your body actually goes down and therefore the whey protein would actually help you in losing weight as well.
So, yes whey protein can make you gain weight if you’re not working out and if you’re still consuming whey protein on a regular basis because the protein in the whey protein would then be deposited in the form of fats in your body since you are not using a that protein to build the muscles because you are taking a break from working out and that is why, it is important that you think about this aspect and then start the consumption of whey protein while working out.