What I learned from all of you about Whey
So, like I said I started this diet about 3 weeks ago. I was doing fabulously! I was so stoked and excited about how easy it was. I even recommended this book to some friends and all of them are now starting. Anyway, back to my story. After realizing that eating so much food in the morning was rather difficult for me, I decided to do the protein shake. I purchased a HUGE bag of Whey protein from Costco. I live on Maui and we dont always have the best selection of things. I was drinking this protein shake like it was nobodies business! For the last two weeks, I didnt lose a single pound. I was so discouraged but coincidentally I started a new birth control regime and it was affecting my hormones tremendously. I had my cycle for the the entire time. So I wasnt about to make the mistake of mistiming my weight loss with that. I kept on going and still no results. Finally I came across this forum and found something on whey. Needless to say I decided to STOP drinking the shake. I am happy to inform everyone that I am now losing weight again! It started the very next day after I stopped. I am so pumped now and ready to keep going. I want to say thank you to everyone and throw in my 2 cents about Whey. With my own person experience, I would try and stay away from it.
I think the most important thing about the arguement over the use of Whey Protein is to remember that everyones body reacts differently and one of the major points of the Slow Carb Diet is "Body Hacking", figuring out what works in your body and what doesn't. It seems like you have discovered that your body reacts negatively to Whey.
I myself have not experienced negative effects from Whey. I have used it through out my Slow Carb experience. I went from 222lbs to my current 168lbs with a Whey shake every day in the morning with the exception of a two week period where I experimented to see if my weight loss would be faster without it (For both weeks I lost 2.5lbs, my typical average is normally between 2.5-4.5).
I do add fiber to my Whey shakes which has been shown to slow down the digestion of Whey (as well as almost any other food out there), and I do not eat or drink anything else for a few hours. So even if there is an insulin spike there is a minimal amount of calories present, meaning more than likely my body will use it as fuel rather than store it.
There are good reasons to add Whey to your diet. First and foremost is getting the amount of protein the body needs is not always easy or inexpensive. Often Whey is cheaper than buying Steak or Chicken, and one scoop for most types is 25-30g of Protein. The second most important reason would be all of the current research linking Whey Protein with cancer fighting properties. There are other values including the Biological Value of Whey, but I won't get into that since the debate is still wide open on whether Whey ranks so high because it is absorbed so quickly or because all of the nitrogen in the food gets incorporated into the body.
Either way, I am glad you were able to figure out what it was that was hindering you, but for those of you stuck on the debate of whether to add a Whey shake to your diet for whatever reason, try it, experiment, determine if it helps or hinders, and act accordingly.
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