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I just bought a cheap Protein Whey from Walmart.com. It had over 300 good reviews leading to an almost perfect 5 stars. I was reading up on whey and I think it could help me out. I usually run about 5-8 miles 3-5 times a week. I am also trying to gain strength in my upper body because it is always sore. I eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. I eat plenty of meat and stuff with protein in it as well. But from what I am reading everywhere now, it seems that I might not be getting enough protein.

I think that drinking half a scoop of this stuff after a hard workout could do me some good. I am always tired through my runs. This might be because of overtraining, but I honestly think it is my diet not getting enough of the right stuff. Weather is always cloudy too so that could limit me. Motivation is a big factor as well. I just wanted to know if it is safe to use this stuff.

What kind of digestion issues could I experience? I already have a weak intensine system. I've read that one guy could not have a bowel movement in 4 days after taking this stuff. I don't want that to happen. I should be OK if I just take a little bit after a hard workout right?

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2013-11-05 12:00 AM
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Originally posted by jschristian44 I just bought a cheap Protein Whey from Walmart.com. It had over 300 good reviews leading to an almost perfect 5 stars. I was reading up on whey and I think it could help me out. I usually run about 5-8 miles 3-5 times a week. I am also trying to gain strength in my upper body because it is always sore. I eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. I eat plenty of meat and stuff with protein in it as well. But from what I am reading everywhere now, it seems that I might not be getting enough protein. I think that drinking half a scoop of this stuff after a hard workout could do me some good. I am always tired through my runs. This might be because of overtraining, but I honestly think it is my diet not getting enough of the right stuff. Weather is always cloudy too so that could limit me. Motivation is a big factor as well. I just wanted to know if it is safe to use this stuff. What kind of digestion issues could I experience? I already have a weak intensine system. I've read that one guy could not have a bowel movement in 4 days after taking this stuff. I don't want that to happen. I should be OK if I just take a little bit after a hard workout right? Thank you.

No amount of eating and running is going to make you stronger in your upper body.  (or your lower body, for that matter)

If you want to get stronger, lift heavy things.  

It really is that simple.

"Always tired" and "Always sore" does sound like overtraining.  make sure you're getting at least one good rest day per week, and if you've been keeping the same schedule (or an increasing schedule) for more than a month, consider backing off 15% for a week or so.   Recovery is important.

If you're really eating plenty of fruits, vegetables and meat, then there's no reason to be  buying supplements. 

2013-11-06 8:13 PM
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True that a healthy diet = a healthy person who does not need supplements …but there are reason still to take in protein immediately after an endurance workout. Numerous studies have shown that taking in protein and simple carbohydrates within 20 minutes after a workout takes advantage of a 'metabolic window of opportunity'.

After exercising your body is more receptive to digesting each and placing it to immediately applying the protein to repairing the muscles stressed. The simple sugars go directly to replenishing your energy stores.

Remember that exercise is the act of breaking down your muscles and that you get stronger as you heal in recovery. The protein helps you recovery bester, faster, stronger.

For reference here is one link to a study: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/research-encourages-combining-proteins... … Google "protein after workout" and you will find many other references as well.

Hope this helps.
2013-11-07 11:25 AM
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I have a fairly weak stomach.  I've been taking whey protein for years.

I've never had a problem with bowel movements or any tummy upset from whey.  Unless you think you may be lactose intolerant I would not worry.

2013-11-12 11:56 PM
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Just because a protien is cheap and has good ratings at Walmart doesn't mean its effective. Nutrition is the easiest way to improve your performance, not sure what you expected with cheap protien? If your not going to spend money on a quality whey protien such as Isoflex, Hydrowhey,Iso-100, then get some decent food in such as egg whites,chicken breast,Turkey breast. Having a good nutritional foundation can make a huge difference in your overall performance.
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Given the option, a healthy well balanced diet of whole foods, and lean protein is best but I view protein supps as a convenient thing for when I just don't feel like prepping food beforehand. It's not a replacement for what our diets are missing, but a supplement that can be used when you're just looking for the ease of quick protein intake before your lifting session for that day. I prefer Gaspari's products...Myofusion, for the price, taste, mixability and quality...to me, can't be beat. There are other decent products out there, but that's one I value.


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