Whey Protein Products
Uncover the Best Whey Protein
Powders and Products
Q: Hi Frank, can you explain to me the
difference between isolate and concentrate whey protein and which is the best to
use on the Bully Xtreme Fat Loss program (BXFL).
A: Proper nutrition is as or more important than training. The muscles
in order to grow must have at least these 3 key elements:
- Progressive Overload:
You must continually push yourself to increase your "power meter"
reading on the Bully Xtreme.
- Nutrition: Your
body must have the proper amount of protein. For practical muscle-building
and body-composition improving purposes, the important thing is to consume
between 25-50 grams of complete protein (depending on your needs) every
- Rest: The old
Bullworker program had you working out everyday, this unhealthy and
DANGEROUS. You want to give your body enough time to recuperate and rebuild
the muscle. The major benefit of training is that it breaks down muscle
tissue. The better your immune system and the higher your natural
testosterone levels the more muscle and you will be able to put on.
Unfortunately all of us men are fighting the clock on this one.
The Whey It Is
"The whey it is" is a very good report, and Will Brink is a very dependable
source of info on supplements. Further down you will be able to download it for
FREE. Here are my views on proteins and protein supplements to use!
Protein powders can be a very useful supplement. I use them myself - although I
do not depend on them. Your primary source of nutrition should come from whole
One thing you want to keep in mind when considering protein supplements is that
much of the information about supplements comes from the companies that sell
them, and they often make it sound like you NEED to use them or that they
are superior to food.
The next time you read an article about protein supplements, keep in mind who is
writing the article. Don't be surprised if you get a sales pitch at the end of
the article with an 800-number for easy ordering. This is why I recommend guys
like Will brink, who are independent researchers.
Then you have endorsements. If a bodybuilder ever recommends a particular brand
of protein, or makes outrageous claims like, "I gained 15 pounds of solid muscle
just by switching to brand X protein", check to see if they have an endorsement
I have to laugh when I read that a bodybuilding champion claims to have built
their physique by eating 50-80% of their calories in the form of protein powder,
while they have a contract with the company that makes it. If anybody is
extremely gung-ho about a particular type of protein, look for the bias – it's
That being said, it's true that whey is definitely a great source of protein.
Lately it has been downplayed and the "flavor of the day" now seems to be casein
or a multi-species blend that includes casein. These are also quality forms of
protein powder, and some suggest, better for meal replacements, while whey
should be reserved for the post workout period.
Whey is still an excellent protein, however. Whey has a high biological value
(BV). A high BV means that the amino acid ratio is excellent for building muscle
and that a large proportion of the protein consumed is absorbed and utilized by
the body. In addition, numerous studies from reputable researchers have shown
that whey has immune-system enhancing and other potential health benefits.
Whey is a dairy protein that is a by-product of the cheese making process. In
its raw state, whey contains substantial amounts of fat and lactose (milk
You wouldn't want to eat raw whey. That's why it is filtered and processed: to
remove most of the lactose and fat. If you've ever heard of microfiltration or
"ion exchange," those are simply methods of separating the fat and lactose from
the protein. The end result is a more concentrated protein – either concentrate
or isolate (which is what you want).
The primary difference between isolate and concentrate is that the isolate is
more pure. In other words, isolate contains more protein with less fat and
lactose per serving. Based on whose figures you go by, whey isolate usually
contains between 90-94% protein while whey concentrate has a protein ratio of
If you are lactose intolerant and you have problems with gas and bloating, then
the isolate might be a better choice for that reason. But being more "pure"
doesn't necessarily mean that whey isolate is better in terms of producing
greater muscle growth.
Whey protein concentrate is still an excellent source of protein. Besides,
isolate does have disadvantages: For one, it is more expensive than concentrate.
Isolate has also had some of the valuable immune-boosting protein subfractions
such as alpha lactoglobulins and lactoferrins removed in the filtering process.
In the long run, I don't think it makes much difference whether you use
concentrate or isolate. Some of the concentrates are pretty high in quality
these days, as will's report explains. Nutrition companies will surely bicker
back and forth forever over whose protein powder is the best, and the
marketplace will always demand new types of "souped-up" protein powders, but
choosing your protein isn't something you should lose sleep over.
Protein nutrition is very simple:
For practical muscle-building and body-composition improving purposes, the
important thing is to consume between 25-50 grams of complete protein (depending
on your needs) every three hours. Whether it comes from whey isolate, whey
concentrate, egg whites, chicken, fish, lean red meat or whatever – I just don't
think it matters that much.
I often throw a couple scoops of vanilla flavored whey protein powder in my
oatmeal in the morning instead of making egg whites. It's a great convenience
and timesaver as "protein oatmeal" is about as quick and easy a meal as you can
Drinking your protein is definitely easier than preparing, cooking and eating
it. Still, 80-90% of my protein comes from food sources such as egg whites,
chicken, lean red meat), and occasionally some tuna, salmon or other fish.
The primary benefit of protein powders and meal replacements is convenience, and
I can recommend their use for that reason. There may be other specific benefits
of the various types of protein powders (whey = fast, casein = slow, etc), and
some companies no doubt, put out a higher quality product than others, but to
this day, I am not convinced that any type of protein powder is superior to real
food when it comes to results - more muscle, less body fat.
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