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Frequently Asked Questions (Whey Protein & Mass Gainer)

Posted by in Supplementation on May 31, 2012 . 3 Comments.
  1. What is the difference between whey protein and mass gainer?

The only difference is that mass gainer contains more calories than regular whey protein (with larger amounts of carbs and fats to boost one’s calorie intake). Both serve to aid muscle recovery & promote muscle growth.

  1. What would suit me if I want to build muscles?

Depending on how fast & efficient you want to build muscles. If you are someone who doesn’t gain weight easily and want to build a significant amount of muscle mass, a mass gainer would be suitable for you. If you want slow gains with controlled body fat percentage, a whey protein would probably be enough (depends on individual). Alternately, you can use both mass gainer & whey protein to avoid gaining too much fat.

  1. What if I want to build muscle but don’t want to become fat easily from all the calories?

Truth is, it’s really difficult to build muscle and lose fat at the same time. Building muscle (bulk up) needs calorie surplus (eat more than you burn) while losing fat needs calorie deficit (burn more than you eat). Taking a mass gainer will help you gain mass along with some fat (which is sometimes inevitable) but you won’t be fat and flabby if your workouts and proper healthy eating habits are in place.

Provided that you eat enough to allow muscle growth, with no unnecessary calories from junk/unhealthy food, you wouldn’t easily become fat while bulking. If you really want great muscle definition, you have to bulk up to build sufficient muscle mass as your foundation before you cut (lose fat) anyway. Besides, you can always add some cardio to your routine.

Everyone’s body responds to supplements differently. You just need to know how to look into the mirror, know your own body and adjust what works best for you. Alternately, you can also use only whey protein to build muscle mass even though it might be slower for some people especially for hard-gainers.

  1. What if I want to lose fat? Do I still need protein?

If you are someone who has already built sufficient muscle mass and is ready to cut fat, whey protein would still be essential because your body still needs to hang on to the muscles you have already built. This prevents muscle catabolism from all the cardio you do to lose fat. This is important so that after you have lost the unwanted fat, there will still be muscle definition.

  1. Isn’t whey protein only for cutting purposes?

Whey protein is essential for both bulking phase and cutting phase. It’s just that some people prefer using mass gainer for bulking purposes (remember that mass gainer is a higher calorie protein shake with added carbs & fat), and some people (who gain weight easily) use only whey protein to build mass because of the fear of unwanted calories (especially for women).

  1. Should women take whey protein?

Women who want to build lean mass to reveal a “toned” and “firm” look should consider adding whey protein to their diet. Regardless of what type of exercise you’re doing (weight-lifting/aerobic/cardio), whey protein serves only as a supplement to your daily calorie intake so that your muscles can recover and grow back stronger. When you want lose fat, it is important to add protein supplement to your diet so that you will not lose your existing muscles. That is how you can look fitter, not just skinny.

  1. What if I don’t work out and just take protein/mass gainer? Will I grow?

The purpose of protein is to aid muscle recovery (repair muscle tissues) so that the muscles can grow stronger. If you do not workout (to tear your muscle fibers), there is no need for recovery. Since your body does not store protein, it will just be a waste of money.

If you take mass gainer without exercising, there is a chance that your daily caloric input is more than your output, and you might gain fat instead of muscle (and you are just wasting money buying supplements). If you regularly exercise, your body has an extra requirement for protein, so that the supplement is utilised.

  1. Could I take too much protein?

    This isn't really a risk PROVIDED you are in general good health. If you have any liver or kidney problems, or family history, please check with a medical practitioner first. The body will generally utilize the protein it needs and excrete remaining nitrogen in urine, after the protein has been broken down. This is why it is important to have healthy liver and kidney functions. If you are undertaking a high protein diet, (from supplements and diet), then you need to make sure you are drinking plenty of water.
Last update: Jun 03, 2012

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