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Monday, February 3, 2014

Why I Don't Trust Protein Powder.

I have an issue with the supplement industry in general. For the most part I think they try to sell quick fixes to a lot of desperate people looking to improve their lives and fall victim to a bunch of bull shit and bro-science.

For the longest time I didn't exactly like protein powder, but it made it easy to get lots of protein in my diet, so I made myself drink it. (This was before I was eating like I do now, when I thought 200 grams was hard to get. What a fool!) But recently I watched this conversation between Kyle Leon from the Somanabolic Muscle Maximizer and Adam Cloet from Blue Star Nuetraceuticals about their thoughts on the supplement industry and decided that I was done playing the supplement game.

You can watch the interview Here.

The most telling example they bring up is the fitness models not using the product they are advertising before the photo shoot because of their uncertainty of how the product will effect their body composition. 

I think not, Mr. Muscles. Nice delts though, brah.

The truth about supplements is this: you don't need any of that shit.

Protein comes in the form of animal, vegetable, mineral. You can eat this stuff!

Need Recovery? Eat enough calories and get more sleep. Take naps. Drink less.

Need a pre workout energy boost? Eat a banana and drink some coffee.

Need something to get your placebo effect from? I dunno...mikes secret stuff?

If you don't get this reference, then shame on you and your sad childhood.

I love food. I trust food (for the most part) and I've been eating food long enough (all my life) to know that certain things don't agree with me (milk) and some foods turn me into superman (pizza).

You: What do you do to get enough protein without protein shakes?????

I eat it. Meat of all kinds, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt and egg whites.

I currently drink 368 grams of egg whites a day. That's right, I drink them. It tastes like skim milk and it takes me less than 10 seconds to chug the whole thing. It's 200 calories, 40 grams of protein, 0 grams of fat and 4 grams of carbs. That's better than the majority of the protein powders out there, and I know exactly what's in it: Eggs minus the yolks. It doesn't make me sick, it allows me hit my numbers and can be purchased at pretty much any super market.

Who do I recommend protein to:

People who have fast metabolisms but no appetite, with some extra cash laying around who don't have an allergy to dairy. (So specific!)

Or, if you're a vegetarian. 

I have been recommend a plant based protein powder that is gluten free, dairy free. I have three friends who drink it regularly and swear by it, including claims of losing body fat. I tasted it, tastes like dirt. Dehydrated vegetables tend to do that. I can't fully recommend it since I haven't tried it out extensively, but that's what Amazon reviews are for! Raw Meal.

And as you can probably tell, I'm not sponsored by anybody, so I don't care what you buy. If you like supplements or think I'm full of shit, go ahead and buy them! If you feel like you're getting a much better workout with them, don't let me stop you from enjoying your workout. I want you to enjoy working out, I just don't like the idea that some people can't get themselves to workout or are afraid to get started because they feel like they need products to get them to their goals.

I'll talk more extensively about specific supplements in later posts, but as always, I need to do more research and understand what I'm talking about a little more before I start spewing out junk on the internet. Until then, save your cash and eat some real food.


  1. Interesting. I became vegetarian 3 months ago and have been using protein shakes intermittently (3-4 times per week) to make sure I get enough. I also eat a lot of eggs, soybeans, nuts, cheese, greek yogurt, etc. I do wonder about its effectiveness though, especially considering that I mix it with milk normally.

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