Going all the whey
Why are fitness enthusiasts so divided on whey protein supplements? We investigate. Some people completely abhor them whereas others cannot imagine their work out routine to be the same without it. However, like it or not, whey protein does make a strong and compelling case for itself. Ask any person who has just started working out, and we guarantee that at some point, their trainers and nutritionists have asked them to start taking protein supplements. Ankit Tomar*, a trainer at an outlet of one of India’s leading gym chains says, “Protein supplements have become necessary now. They help people to achieve the results faster. Without the right supplements and nutraceuticals, getting a toned body may take a lot of effort, and it might not even bring about the effect that you are looking for.” In practice, it is very common for trainers to cajole their trainees to get on a diet supplement, he added.
Our cover star and fellow fitness enthusiast, Karan Tacker, however believes otherwise. For him supplements, as necessary as they may seem, cannot become the norm. “They are just that, supplements. They cannot be replaced with natural and wholesome food. But yes, there have been times when I have had to rely on them because of my schedule. But I try to eat proper, cooked food as much as I can.” No matter on which side of the fence you may sit on, at some point of time, you may need to consider using a protein supplement. For such a scenario, it is better to keep a few things in mind. First, make sure that you read the label carefully for any potential allergens. In case you are lactose intolerant and cannot tolerate bovine milk products, consult your physician and nutritionist. Second, there are a number of options to choose from, not just whey. There’s casein, hemp, brown rice and of course, egg based protein supplements. Third and most importantly, don’t make a habit out of it. As quick as it is for the body to absorb the nutrients from your pre or post work out shakes, there is only so much that it can actually absorb. High levels of protein in your diet can result in nausea, fatigue and even a loss of appetite, meaning that you will be less prone to eat normally.