I think it is time that I level with the internet. The Slow Carb Diet (SCD) is really just another take on higher protein low carbohydrate diet. I know, I know let’s all try to keep our composure.
There are many reasons why protein is good for you. What about whey protein? What’s the deal there? Before this project all I knew was that people who go to the gym take protein. Of course I knew protein is needed to build muscles. That was about the extent of my knowledge. Since I’ve been doing this program I’ve used 2 types of protein powder. Whey Gourmet protein isolate and President’s Choice Natural Source whey protein isolate ( both vanilla flavored ). Don’t know what protein isolate means? Neither did I really. Check out this video by The Health Nerd. I found it to be an excellent primer on fat using whey protein for fat loss.
Mmmmmm cheese byproduct fat burning drinks. When you put it that way it doesn’t sound as appealing. Honestly, I did not know there were other options other than protein isolate. Allow me to share a little of what I’ve learned.
Whey concentrate is a cheaper type of protein than the other two discussed in the video. This is makes it a good option for folks looking to supplement their diet without spending a lot of money. Some people have difficulties digesting whey concentrate which can result in bloating and gas.
Whey isolates are quite common but more expensive as compared to the whey concentrates. They are absorbed by the body quickly. Isolates are lower in sugars making them a good fit for low carbohydrate diets.
Hydrolysate protein is very high quality and the most readily absorbed type. It is very easy on digestive tract. It can also be considerably more expensive ( this information is from Bodybuilding.com. The full article can be found here.)
If your main goal is adding muscle, a hydrolysate protein might be ideal. However, like the video says if it is fat loss you are after, the type you choose doesn’t really matter ( it is nice to know about potential side effects as well as potential savings).
As I mentioned I have used two types of protein during this project Whey Gourmet ( a mixture of both whey concentrate and whey isolate) and President’s Choice Natural Source Whey Protein Isolate. Whey Gourmet has 5mg of carbohydrate per a scoop whereas President’s choice has two grams of carbohydrate per scoop and is sweetened with stevia. I found Whey Gourmet blended better. However it was more expensive and I got less product (680g of Whey Gourmet compared to 900g of President’s Choice. I should mention that Whey Gourmet retails for $83.99 for 908g as compared to S35.99 for 900g of President’s Choice).
At that price I’ll take President’s Choice and do a few extra cranks with the old shaker bottle.
Speaking of shaker bottles, I bought this beauty at Winners for $6.00. I’m so glad the video mentioned this piece of essential kit. I have a carton of coconut milk in the staff fridge. A scoop or two of whey and I’m on my…whey? That was terrible. Also pictured is my other secret weapon cottage cheese. Although not technically allowed on the SCD I find it has been a great way for me to fit in 30g of protein (especially within 30 minutes of waking as prescribed by the SCD (which admittedly can be difficult).
Please allow me to summarize what I have learned about whey protein.
1. Whey is an excellent means of supplementing your diet with extra protein.
2. If your goal is fat loss, the type of protein you select doesn’t really matter. So pick one that is cost-effective and has little side effects.
3. A shaker bottle is portable and means you can have snack or meal pretty much anywhere. I usually mix mine with coconut milk.
Protein helps rev up your metabolism, fills you up and can help curb sugar cravings it also helps to build lean muscle . If your goal is reduction in body fat whey protein can help. What do you think? I would be very interested to hear your thoughts. As always thank you for your comments and taking the time to read!