The Great Whey Protein Hoax

Why protein powders are virtually useless for building lean body mass… and what you should take instead to stay fit, trim, and healthy

By Frank Shallenberger, MD

If you take whey protein powder to increase your muscle (lean body) mass, I have some news that may surprise you. Research shows that when it comes to lean body mass, most of the protein in whey powder is unusable by the body.

Whenever you consume any kind of protein, some of that protein is used by your body to build muscle, and some is turned into glucose to burn for energy. How much of it is used for muscle and how much is turned into glucose? Well, that depends on what kind of protein you’re taking.

Scientists have studied all the types of dietary protein and measured how much of the protein is utilized by the body to build muscle. And what they’ve found is that whey is one of the worst sources of protein.

I’ll tell you more about what the scientists found in a moment. I’ll also tell you why the only people who should take whey protein are bodybuilders with less than 5% body fat. But first, let me tell you about a friend of mine who found out the hard way that whey protein just doesn’t work.

My friend Robert is a “health nut.” He watches what he eats. And he used to eat lots of whey protein. He also exercised like a fiend.

But despite all the whey protein shakes and all the exercise, Robert found that he was losing muscle mass as he got older. Even worse, he started getting more injuries when he exercised.

One time, he pulled a hamstring muscle and could not get it to heal. He tried chiropractors, acupuncture, body work, and more. But nothing worked.

Then Robert came across an amazing breakthrough that changed his life forever. Within 4 weeks of using this breakthrough, he healed his hamstring injury completely. Even more amazing, he put on 12 pounds of lean body mass! And he did it without exercising more or changing anything else about his lifestyle!

Today, Robert is 70]] years old and he’s in better shape than people 30 years younger. His muscles are strong. And his abs are flat and hard.

Robert's Secret

So what was this breakthrough that caused Robert to not only stop his muscle loss but actually reverse it? Well, it does have to do with protein.

But Robert didn’t get his amazing results by consuming more protein. In fact, he actually stopped drinking whey protein shakes. Instead, he got his incredible results by getting his body to make more protein!

Yes, Robert got his body to make more protein. And in a moment, I’m going to show you exactly how he did it. But first, let me tell you why protein is so important… and why you won’t get the protein you need from whey powder.

Proteins form your muscles, bones, skin, and hair. They form the connective tissue that holds you together. They even make up the “messengers” in your body… including your hormones, your immune cells, your enzymes, and your brain chemicals.

Think about what that means. If you don’t have enough proteins, you lose muscle mass. Your hair gets brittle and your skin sags. Your bones become weaker. Your immune system becomes sluggish.

But that’s not all. Your sex drive suffers. You become anxious or depressed. You become more likely to fall and suffer a hip fracture… and less likely to recover from one.

I’m sure you can see why proteins are so important ... and why not having enough can be bad for your health.

So where do all these important proteins come from? Most people think they come from the diet. But that’s not entirely accurate. The truth is that proteins are made by your body. But your diet is important, because it supplies amino acids, which are the building blocks that create proteins.

How It Works

Let’s say you’re eating a protein source like meat or fish. This meat or fish goes into your stomach and begins to get digested. Your digestive system then breaks down the protein into amino acids.

Those amino acids then go through your small intestine and into your bloodstream. And from there, they are distributed throughout the body. The body then takes those amino acids and uses them to make whatever proteins it needs. Some of the amino acids are made into muscle. Some of them are made into organ cells. Some of them are made into hormones. And so on.

The Dietary Protein Trap

However, not all the amino acids get turned into proteins. Some of them are turned into glucose and are burned for energy.

This is a remnant of our caveman days. When we were cavemen, food was scarce. So we needed to be able to get energy regardless of what food we ate.

Berries? No problem. They contain carbs that are burned for energy. Nuts? They contain fats that are burned for energy. Freshly killed squirrel? Some of the protein in the meat is turned into lean body mass… and the rest of it is turned into glucose for energy.

How to Tell

So how can you tell if your body is using the protein for muscle or if it’s turning it into excess glucose? Scientists have answered this question.

You see, amino acids contain nitrogen. And when amino acids are turned into proteins, the nitrogen remains in your body as part of the protein. But when amino acids are converted into sugar, the nitrogen is released and passes through to your urine.

So if you want to know if your food is being turned into protein or sugar, all you have to do is measure the amount of nitrogen in your urine!

This measurement is called Protein Utilization. Here’s how it works:

If a dietary protein has a Protein Utilization of 100%, it means that there is no nitrogen in your urine and that the body is using 100% of the amino acids in that food to build body protein. That’s great!

On the other hand, if a protein source has a Protein Utilization of 10% that means your body is only using 10% of the amino acids to make body protein. That means your body is turning 90% of those amino acids into sugar. Not good!

So what’s the best source of dietary protein, with the highest Protein Utilization? Scientists found that it’s breast milk, with a Protein Utilization of 49%. That makes sense, because babies need an efficient source of dietary protein. But we’re not babies, so what’s the next best source of protein?

The next best source of protein is whole eggs. Whole eggs have a Protein Utilization of 47%. But it has to be the whole egg. If you eat egg whites like many so-called health experts tell you to do, you will only get a Protein Utilization of 17%. Why? Because egg yolks contain the essential amino acid methionine. Take out the yolk, and you seriously limit the egg’s protein-building value.

After whole eggs come meat, poultry, and fish. They’re all equal, with a Protein Utilization of 32%. But it really goes downhill from there.

The Truth About Protein Shakes

So let’s talk about whey protein, which is where we started. Those expensive whey protein powders are supposed to be so great at building muscle. But if they’re your go-to source of protein, you’re in trouble.

That’s because whey protein powder has a Protein Utilization of just 17%. And a Protein Utilization of 17% means that 83% of the protein is wasted, along with your hard-earned money. To make matters worse, all that wasted protein turns into sugar!

But what about protein powders made from other sources, like soy or egg? Well, they’re just as bad as whey protein, with a Protein Utilization of only 17%.

And finally, how about spirulina, a popular protein supplement made from algae? Depending on the brand, spirulina has a Protein Utilization from 0% to 6%. It’s practically worthless as a protein source.

Now, when I tell my patients about this research, many of them bring up a great question. If protein shakes aren’t a good source of protein, then why do bodybuilders swear by them?

And the answer is insulin. Let me explain.

You probably know that sugar increases your blood glucose. And to “clear out” the extra glucose, your pancreas releases insulin.

But what may surprise you is this: you can use insulin like a switch to either burn fat or build muscle.

If you want to burn fat, you need to keep your insulin levels low. With low insulin levels, your body will use fat as its primary fuel source.

But if you’re a bodybuilder, then you don’t need to burn fat. Bodybuilders already have as little as 5% body fat. Instead, a bodybuilder wants to flip the insulin switch to build muscle. To do that, they need higher insulin levels. That’s because the extra insulin stimulates muscle glycogen. And muscle glycogen helps build bigger muscles.

So when a bodybuilder drinks a protein shake, the extra sugar will stimulate muscle growth. But for the rest of us, the extra sugar will just make it harder to lose weight.

So let’s go back to the problem we talked about earlier: why people lose so much lean body mass as they get older. One reason is they’re not eating enough protein. Another reason is they’re eating the wrong sources of protein.

But there’s a third reason why people lose lean body mass as they age: They are not digesting their protein. You see, it’s not enough to eat the right proteins; you also have to digest those proteins and break them down into amino acids.

Unfortunately, the older we get, the weaker our digestive systems tend to be. We make less stomach acid and digestive enzymes. And this can cause a downward spiral.

Remember earlier when I mentioned that enzymes are actually proteins? Well, if you’re protein-deficient, it stands to reason that you would not make enough digestive enzymes. That means that you would not digest your food properly. This would make you even more protein-deficient …which would lead to even lower enzyme production. And so on.

But what if you didn’t have to rely on your digestive system to build protein? What if you could skip that part of the process entirely and just take amino acids? The amino acids would go directly into your bloodstream. They would then be used to build muscle, bone, connective tissue, hormones, enzymes, and more.

Well that is exactly what my friend Robert did. He took amino acids orally.

The Right Combination

But he didn’t just go to the health food store and buy an off-the-shelf amino acid product. Why? Because he found that you can’t just take amino acids willy-nilly. You have to take the right amino acids in the right combinations.

Let me explain how this works. You already know that proteins are made up of amino acids. Some of these amino acids are made up by your body all on its own. But there are 8 amino acids you have to get from your diet. These 8 are called the essential amino acids.

You’d think that if you take all 8 essential amino acids, your body would turn all of them to protein, right? That’s what I always thought, because that’s what I learned in medical school. But like many things I learned in school, there’s more to the story.

It turns out that we can’t just take those 8 amino acids; we also need to get them in the right balance. Because otherwise, we may end up with too much of one amino acid and not enough of another.

To illustrate this concept, imagine you owned a bicycle factory. And imagine you had plenty of handlebars and seats and frames, but you only had one pair of tires. Well, it doesn’t matter how many of the other parts you have; if you only have one pair of tires, you can only make one bicycle! The rest of the parts go to waste.

That’s the same thing that happens when you take amino acids in the wrong balance. Remember earlier when I mentioned that when you eat meat your body only gets 32% of the protein? The reason is that the amino acids in meat are not in total balance. So the extra aminos get turned into sugar.

Fortunately, there is a solution to the problem: taking the 8 amino acids in the exact right balance. How do we know it’s the perfect balance? Because when we tested the product, it had a Protein Utilization of 99%!

That’s right; 99%! That means that 99% of the amino acids in the product are used by your body to make proteins, and only 1% are wasted. The results were so great that we decided to create a product called Advanced Amino Formula.

I already told you about what happened when Robert took these aminos. In just a few weeks, he healed his hamstring injury… boosted his strength and overall health… and put on 12 pounds of lean body mass!

He was so excited by the results that he started giving it to all his patients. And they got great results, too. They got more muscle and less body fat. They got stronger nails and shinier hair. They reported an overall sense of greater well-being.

What About You?

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Imagine how great it will feel to have a strong body for life. Imagine how great it will feel to enjoy life without the fear of being dependent on others. And without the fear that you will fall and suffer a hip fracture.

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But you know what? Advanced Amino Formula isn’t just for boosting muscle and bone mass. It also helps you:

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The people in the above study also reported younger-looking skin and shinier, stronger hair. That's because youthful skin and hair have more collagen, and collagen is made from – you guessed it – protein!

Improve your endurance.
In one case study, a 51-year-old female athlete hiked for 341 miles while carrying a 48-pound backpack. But this was no ordinary hike. It was through the Taklimakan Desert, where the terrain is treacherous and the daily temperatures range from scorching heat to below-freezing. During the hike, she took the amino tablets as her only source of dietary protein. The doctors monitoring her expected her to waste away. Instead, she increased her lean body mass… improved her cardio-respiratory function… increased her red blood cells and hemoglobin… and lowered her resting heart rate!

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A friend works with professional cyclists. He found that no matter what kind of treatments he gave them, they developed injuries after long-distance races. But when Robert gave his friend the aminos and his friend gave it to the cyclists, they remained injury-free!

Strengthen your bones.
Collagen is very important for strong bones. In fact, bones consist almost entirely of minerals (like calcium) plus collagen. It’s the collagen that holds the minerals together. So when you don’t have enough collagen, the minerals leak out of your bones. From there, they can form kidney stones, plaques, and other things you don’t want! But when you do have enough collagen, the minerals stay in your bones and keep them strong.

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Your mood and concentration are governed by brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are proteins. And to make them, your body needs to have the right balance of aminos.

Boost your immunity to fight infections.
Antibodies help you fight off infections. And antibodies are made of protein. So when your body has the right protein building blocks, it can make plenty of antibodies.

Help alleviate food sensitivity symptoms.
If you suffer from food sensitivities, you may have leaky gut. Those leaky membranes allow undigested food particles to go into your bloodstream, which causes your immune system to attack. But here’s good news: your gut membranes are made of proteins.

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