Dr. Ruth Yeilding, MD

The Protein Powder Diet

If you’ve been in the fitness world long enough, you’ve probably heard about protein powders. They are becoming more popular as the days go by because it’s said that they can really help make sure your muscles grow. The protein we ingest, whether it’s powdered or solid foods can have many good benefits for our bodies. According to Healthline, some of them is that is helps to build and repair muscle, organs, and even our bones. It’s no secret that it’s important for our diet. The question is if it can actually have adverse effects and make you gain more fat then muscle.


This can be confusing to some because there is many times where protein is used to help people lose weight. This is because it helps fulfill their appetite and keep them full for longer periods of time. Not only that but it’s low in calories. Now, there are times where you may even notice yourself gaining some weight when going through the protein diet. That is what we’re here to discuss.


Weight gain isn’t a bad thing and we want to preface with that! There are times where it can help someone rather then hurt them if they are going about it the right way. When protein becomes a bad thing is when there is misuse of it. By misuse we mean when you take it overboard. When taking protein, the amount that you need to take depends on your goals and even your current body type.


First lets talk about how much protein you body really needs. This is hard to answer because everyone is so different but we can try to get as detailed as possible. When it comes to protein it should normally be about 0.36-0.6 grams per pound of body weight. This means that at the end you’ll usually end up with around 46-75 grams per day. For men this can be even more.


What does this have to do with weight gain? The actual protein powder that you are using probably isn’t what’s causing your weight gain. The cause probably has to do with how you’re using the powder. When you take protein you have o accommodate the rest of your meals so that it can fit with the added calories. If you aren’t that’s probably when you’ll start to notice the weight gain. Not only that but if you’re only drinking protein shakes as meals for too long, your body won’t be fully satisfied. This will cause you to snack more often and gain that weight you don’t want.


Protein is a macronutrient. This means that if you’re going to be taking bigger portions of it you have to watch out with you diet so that you won’t be consuming too many macronutrients that can be bad for you. This is when you have to take a step back and look at your lifestyle. Putting into consideration your diet, age weight, and your goals will help you understand just ho much protein you would need to consume to get where you want to be.


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Works Cited

Cronkleton, Emily. Are There Risks Associated With Eating Too Much Protein? 13 April 2020. <www.healthline.com/health/too-much-protein>.


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