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I'm an average guy. completed a 30 days challenge recently. The results are quite 'better'. I want to gain weight and mass muscle. I bought platinum Iso whey. My cousin highly discouragedd me to not use a whey protein. I told him I'll join gym after Ramadan In Sha Allah. But he forbade me. What should I do? I'm 7-8 kg under-weight.

  • Just increase your food intake normally. Eat bigger portions, and eat more often. There should be no need to take protein supplements unless as a last resort. – Alec Jun 9 '18 at 0:15
  • How can your cousin forbid you to do something? – JohnP Jun 10 '18 at 19:34
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    What are his arguments against it and why do you think it would help you? Perhaps someone could sort out some misunderstandings – Raditz_35 Jun 10 '18 at 23:36
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With building muscle (especially if you are underweight), you want to be in a slight caloric surplus and consume between 1.5 and 2x your kg bodyweight in grams of protein. More is fine, not necessarily beneficial, but not bad unless you go crazy with it (like getting close to or over 300 grams).

So let's say you decide to do 150 grams of protein a day, you would then want to plan and break that up over multiple meals/snacks throughout the day. Why? Because you want to consume a reasonable amount of protein at a time, your body won't absorb 150 grams in one sitting the same way it would absorb 150 grams across 5 sittings. So try to do 3-6 meals a day getting 20-40 grams per meal as your protein goal dictates.

Should you use whey protein? That's up to you. It's not necessary, but it is a great option as a post-workout protein source because it is absorbed quickly. Your main goal should be to get enough protein in throughout the day, and going a step further, reaching that goal by consuming reasonable amounts per meal through the day. Ultimately, whey is just one of many sources of protein.

  • It should be noted that whey is created from milk. People who are lactose intolerant, have a milk allergy, or have a religious/moral obligation should refrain from taking whey specifically. There are other options. – DeeV Jun 9 '18 at 1:25
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    Lactose is the sugar component of milk. Whey protein isolate (WPI) contains almost no lactose and is unlikely to be a problem for any except for the most highly sensitive of lactose intolerant people. – David Scarlett Jun 9 '18 at 1:56

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