RESEARCH and EXPERIENCE thats why!!
Here are some of the NASTY SIDE EFFECTS of taking whey that you might have experienced.
Most of us just “accept them” as normal:
– bloated belly,
– feeling gassy,
– feeling nauseous,
– upset stomach,
– explosive toilet experiences that can empty public bathrooms…
…these are just a few of the “less-than-pleasant” consequences of taking whey protein.
There are many reasons…
- My Gut hated it, i just didnt know it!
Most of us blindly take whey protein because it’s standard in the fitness industry… But, if you really look at it, why do you choose whey? Is it because the marketing from ‘big’, no, scrap that HUGE (!), multi-million pound sports nutrition companies say you should… why? Because it’s freaking cheap to produce and you can make it taste nice! That’s an easy sell to most people. When did you last hear of someone in a health club, saying that they are going to use this or that protein because it tastes HORRIBLE… you didn’t! They take it because the marketing says you should and because it tastes of CHOCOLATE!
Anyway, back to the point. Whey is taxing on the gut, your farts shouldn’t smell of rotten matter!
- Quality control is epically poor!
When it boils down to it, companies want to reduce their costs and increase their profit, just like most people. What most of us don’t know is that most of the supplement companies, say they source whey from ‘quality sources’, however the truth is they all get the whey from the same supply companies. Ones that produce it as cheaply as possible in bulk, again these suppliers are trying to cut costs and increase profits!
I’ve got an intolerance to dairy, I cannot have it. I kidded myself for years that the whey was ok because of the quality etc. BULL**T. I just wanted a nice tasting drink, post workout, during workout, whenever because I thought it was helping me hit my goals of size, strength and aesthetics… ERROR!! In fact it was keeping me in and inflamed state, holding fat on my stomach and lower back, problem areas I could never get leaner!
So what do I suggest instead?
Well it all starts during your workout!
Enter the AMINO ACID ARMY! ( #theaminoacidarmy )
I learnt the power of these little bad boys from 2 very smart people, Charles Poliquin and John Meadows. Categorically two legends of the body composition world, one has a strength and performance background, one a strength and bodybuilding background. Now before you get all worried about the world bodybuilding, look at what they do… they get in phenomenal shape, now combine that with a healthy approach and BOOM you have health driven body composition changes that LAST!
Anyway back to the sciency bit.
BCAA’s (Branch Chain Amino Acids)
What are they? Well amino acids are what every protein is made up of, in a broken down form, think of them as a unique complex of building blocks used to make up a protein, essentially it gives each protein their own unique code and makeup.
BCAA’s are made up from the following:
They are essential to the human body as we cannot make them ourselves, the other amino acids we can make from other amino acids, thus we HAVE to ingest them in order to get them. These 3 in particular are essential to limiting muscle breakdown and driving protein synthesis. These 3 amigos make up around 35% of our muscle tissue. The more we have available to us the less likely we will have breakdown of tissue during training AND prevent muscle loss.
One of the wonderful things about BCAA supplementation is it can help with an host of different training effects:
Reduced Fatigue ( great for crossfit athletes, and fat loss trainees)
Accelerate Recovery ( the faster you recover the faster you can get to your next workout and push that little further and faster. If you can do that over an extended period of time you will make faster improvements!)
Reduced DOMS ( Hurray!!! No one likes delayed onset of muscle soreness, BCAA supplementation can reduce DOMS, again allowing you to train again more readily)
Can also improve the usage of FAT as energy ( for both athlete and fat loss trainees that’s a bonus, if you carry less fat, your strength to weight ratio goes up, fat is metabolically useless, it just makes you heavier!)
There are many other benefits to BCAA supplementation but thats enough for now, just know, whey gets broken down into BCAA’s anyway, so bypass the middle man! (digestion)
EAA’s ( Essential Amino Acids)
The 9 essential amino acids are: histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. These 9 are ecessary for the function of all cells, for tissue repair, and for the production of enzymes and neurotransmitters. The body uses 20 amino acids to construct proteins, but nine “essential amino acids” cannot be made by the human body and must be supplied by the diet in order to achieve proper protein synthesis and maintain overall health.
As hard training commences the need for these 9 amino acids increase for all the reasons stated above. We want to flood the muscles and body with enough building blocks to then rebuild stronger, faster fitter than before. For both sporting demands and fat loss training this is essential. Failure to recover is often the reason goals are not met.
So there you have it, our thoughts on whey, and currently what we recommend as an alternative, I can vouch for the results myself. In my 12 week photoshoot prep i switched from whey to amino acid supplementation and my inflammation dropped rapidly, my gut health has never been better, and the results were outstanding.
We recommend two brands of the BCAA’s
There is only one version of Greens that we recommend and thats Priority Greens, for ore information and to purchase these please visit: