Does soy protein powder make you gain weight?

Today I bought soy protein powder. I was wandering if will make me gain weight? I’ve been a vegetarian for almost three months, and I don’t think I’m getting quite enough protein. I was planning on drinking a protein drink every morning. I just dont want to gain weight. I usually walk or run for about thirty minutes everyday. I’m planning on bumping up to forty five minutes soon.

Is there a difference btw the different types of sports protein powders out there? Like, whats the diff btw whey or soy or any other kind? And is one kind better for a weightlifter than, say, a vegetarian looking for a simple supplement? I’m trying to gain some lean muscle and drop a few pounds, so which brand would help me gain lean muscle without making me gain weight?

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Comments

  1. Ener says:

    well protein is good. soy protein will aid in the growth of muscle expansion when you work out. not so much running though. but if you wanna gain weight. eat carbs and workout. or run, in your case. a balanced diet. protein from soy, carbs from pasta and fruits

  2. jj1212 says:

    Not really. I’ve been vegetarian for all my life. I’m 14 and weigh 89 lbs. I really need to gain weight, though I do get my daily supply of protein from soy milk. Powder doesn’t taste as good as milk. If you want protein, and if you’re not a vegan, you can go for eggs. But, if you’re like me, and you don’t eat eggs, I would try soy milk.

    Good Luck.

  3. answerer says:

    I wouldn’t overdo the protein powder. Make sure you pay attention to how much protein you’re getting overall. You might be surprised at how much you’re eating. Too much protein can also cause other problems. Unless you’re an athlete, you don’t need a whole lot of it. Your body can only use so much before it tries to burn it for fuel or store it as fat. I don’t know the other ingredients in your powder, but protein by itself has about 4 calories per gram. Teen girls need an estimated 50-55 grams per day. Adults need an estimated 0.4 grams per pound of ideal body weight per day, according to veganhealth.org. There’s no need to use powders for protein, and I believe protein from food is superior. But if you want to use that, pay attention to your total protein intake for the day or ask a registered dietitian who would know better than I would.

    Check the calories on the container.

  4. ClickMaster says:

    They’re all scams. Your body does not store protein. So, a protein supplement can only benefit you if your diet is deficient in protein. And, if it is deficient, fix the diet. Eat food.

    Protein is the most misunderstood nutrient in bodybuilding. I don’t have the space to tell you all you need to know so I’ll just hit the high spots and if you need more info, you can message my Yahoo account.

    Don’t listen to muscleheads, gym rats, bodybuilders, personal trainers, and even coaches about protein. Most of them believe what decades and $ $ $ $ millions in supplement advertising have been telling them…that they need a lot of protein to build muscle. Not true. Here’s how much you need according to the best minds in the world at the US CDC, the people our doctors (in the US) listen to. –> http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/basics/protein.html#How%20much%20protein You can easily get that amount of protein with a glass of milk and a chicken breast or piece of meat per day. If you consume more protein, you’ll only excrete it or burn it and both are a waste.

    Bodybuilders don’t work as hard as they would like to believe. Construction workers, migrant field hands, movers, UPS drivers, etc. all work much harder every week. And none of those people worry about protein or take supplements for their jobs. They just eat a good diet and their bodies adapt with no problem. A bodybuilder can only work out 10 hours a week at the most because of the recovery time required by the muscles. Marathon runners, boxers, Olympic athletes, Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, etc. all train much harder and they do it without supplements.

    Most protein supplements are scams. According to the US National Institute of Health, you should use supplements only when recommended by a doctor. —> http://ods.od.nih.gov/Health_Information/ODS_Frequently_Asked_Questions.aspx#Need That’s good advice because the government does not require testing so you won’t be protected by the FDA as you are with food and drugs. Also, many supplements have been found to be contaminated and dangerous.

    Check out this list of over 60 dangerous supplement products sold with bogus advertising claims which scam-site bodybuilding.com was forced to recall and take off the market –> http://www.usrecallnews.com/2009/11/bodybuilding-com-supplements-recalled-may-contain-steroids.html .

    Check this link to see how Muscle Milk was busted for false advertising –> http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/ucm261684.htm

    All you need to make the gains you can is food. There is an abundance of information to prove this point. So, I will give you examples and cite references in the space I have left. Just be sure to ask yourself if you ever saw any good scientific evidence suggesting you need 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight or more. The answer will be no. That’s a huge myth. And, all the naysayers who disagree with me will not have any good science for you. All they’ll have are ads, phony reviews, bogus testimonials, false scientific sounding white papers, bad blogs, scam sites, etc. all paid for by scammers like this one. —> http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5196740n&tag=related;photovideo

    Here’s a white paper which debunks the myth of the protein supplement. Note the following excerpt…“At present there is no evidence to suggest that supplements are required for optimal muscle growth or strength gain.”
    Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15212752

    Here’s one more study to read. Note the excerpt…”Consumption of a recovery drink (whey protein, amino acids, creatine, and carbohydrate) after strength training workouts did not promote greater gains in FFM (Fat free muscle) compared with consumption of a carbohydrate-only drink.”
    Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15105028

    Here’s another from Live Science. Note the excerpt…“Medical researchers have advised against protein supplements for years for the average person. But many sports trainers continue to push them on amateur athletes simply because they don’t know any better.”
    Ref: http://www.livescience.com/health/protein-supplements-100202.html#

    Here’s what Consumer Reports had to say —> Ref: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine-archive/2010/july/food/protein-drinks/overview/index.htm

    If you have any doubts about the citations and references above, talk to the person who understands best how your body works….your doctor.

    Watch this video –> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4_UY_kIPFU

    It’s good to be strong but it’s better to be smart and strong.

    Good luck and good health!!

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