The Whey Protein Scam In Natural Bodybuilding

Protein powder, and specifically whey protein, is the most popular bodybuilding supplement among fitness enthusiasts and natural bodybuilders. Millions of spoiled teenagers are begging their parents to buy them whey protein, hoping that higher intake of amino acids will somehow magically transform them into the muscular athletes on the covers of fitness and bodybuilding magazines. Since protein is a natural macro-nutrient the parents rarely see a problem in satisfying this particular wish of their children. However, whey protein is one of the oldest scams in the world of muscle and iron.

Since the very beginning protein powder was presented as miracle that is almost too good to be true. For example, in September 1951 the Iron Man Magazine of Peary Rader reported the following unbelievable claims regarding the protein developed by Irvin Johnson:

“The case of a young man who had trained a year with little progress and weighted 169 pounds. His blood pressure was only 100. His arm measured 14 1/2 inches. He stayed there just 24 hours under the special diet treatment of Mr. Johnson and left weighting 181, blood pressure normal and arm measuring 16 3/4 inches. Mr. Johnson says, ‘no one will believe this so there is no use writing it up.” {source}

As you can see the unreal, false and exaggerated claims around protein powder started way back in the day when the whole bodybuilding and fitness industry was still in the early stage of its development. The same principles – exaggerated claims backed by insufficient or no evidence – are still used to this day. The supplement sector is a multi-billion dollar industry and when there are billions, there are also scams, lies, deception and even murder. For centuries the world has been ruled by the so-called social Darwinism which promotes the idea that the weak should be left to die while the strong must continue to live and rule over the world. It’s a cruel and satanic way of thinking, but people with that mindset quite often occupy important positions and have the power to negatively affect the general population. You may not want to hear it, but this phenomenon is observed at the top of every sector generating money – from the music industry to the supplement companies. There is a reason why money is considered dirty – it is.

Some of the companies producing supplements are powerful enough to manipulate scientific research. Quite often there are parts of the research material that are either changed or removed completely. Who would want unwanted results to be published when the numbers in the bank account of the CEO and the shareholders are growing steadily? That new yacht is not going to buy itself – someone has to sign the transaction!

The doctors and the researchers also have families to feed and can be bought and/or forced into spreading false information and counterfeit results. Never forget that medical workers are human beings too, and while there are a lot of good and scrupulous people among them, there are also those who have evil souls and are willing to participate in all kinds of illegal schemes.

Whey protein is no exception to the rule. It’s a sugar free supplement based on whey, which is essentially a by-product of cheese manufactured from cow’s milk. Cheese-makers have found the fountain of money, thanks to it, because it’s cheap to produce – whey is the main food used in pig farms. If they are giving it to pigs, it’s probably not worth that much. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

So, the requirement for the product to be cheap to manufacture is complete. There is more to getting rich, however. One of the most important aspect of a successful business is advertisement. As Henry Ford has said:

“A man who stops advertising to save money is like a man who stops a clock to save time.”

This is where IFBB professionals, fake natural bodybuilders and fitness athletes come to join the carnival. If you take an apple from a public garden and try to sell it while presenting it as just an apple, not many people are going to be interested. However, if you take the same apple, clean it, place it in a fancy box and label it as: Kim Kardashian’s Secret To Big Butts, many of the mentally challenged supporters of the celebrity world will probably buy it just for fun. This is how powerful marketing is, and bodybuilding proves it once more since selling pig food to people is not exactly easy. Muscular IFBB bodybuilders have no problem with telling fairy tales about different protein products, because they have already signed their contracts and couldn’t care less that you are robbing your mother to buy yourself creatine, amino acids, protein powders, weight gainers or whatever else you’ve been forced to believe in.

Many of the famous bodybuilders do not even use supplements as their main source of protein despite what you see them doing in the videos on YouTube. They are showing you what they eat and what supplements they use just to sell you the wrong idea. Since there are many people who just don’t know any better, many end up following the fake advice. Later on, the fitness enthusiasts either realize the scam or move to another brand of protein only to learn that it’s the same thing. But this is not a surprise, since counting on bodybuilding supplements to make you big is like counting that your car will run on water instead of gas – someday, maybe, but we are not there yet. {or at least the oil companies do not want us to know}

Natural bodybuilders do not need as much proteins as advertised. According to the commonly accepted rule a bodybuilders needs about 3 grams of protein per kilogram of bodyweight or about 1.4 grams of protein per pound. This means that if your weight is 60kg or 132lbs you will be advised to take about 180 grams of protein per day in order to grow. This is not only unneeded, but also expensive for the consumer. Truth be told, most average trainees would never need more than 100 grams per day – if that. The powerlifting legend Kirk Karwoski has stated in an interview that all he needs a day is between 150-200grams of protein. In case you don’t know, he was a powerlifter who had the measurements of an IFBB professional bodybuilder. He weighted 280lbs/127kg. His upper arms were well over 20 inches. In other words, an individual this big and this strong only needs 150 to 200 grams of protein, while the recommendations for his weight are: 350 – 400 grams. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

Supplement companies count on the fact that whey protein is relatively cheap to produce, and once people have been brainwashed into feeling guilty that they are not growing because they are not taking enough protein, the magic starts working and bank managers get happier. The spread belief among teenagers and young adult that without frequent protein shakes through the day they will die is a dream come true for the rich people with the infamous beer bellies. People have been successfully converted into believing that due to their “busy lifestyles” they cannot get all the protein they need in order to increase their muscle size and strength. This is of course a huge lie and it does not take a lot of research to expose it. Just look at people from the early days when protein powders were unheard of. Regular people and bodybuilders from the 20s, 30s, 40s and the 50s of the last century looked the way we do today. Were their lifestyles any easier? No. Today people from developed countries live abundance and machines have replaced the need for a lot of the hard work otherwise done manually.

With all that being said, protein powder has its use in medicine – for example, an individual with some sort of a mouth related trauma may not be able to chew real food and therefore drinking liquid protein can help that person preserve some lean mass while the injury is healing. But if you can eat, there is not need to spend extra money on bogus bottles with naked men on the label. On top of everything, you have to know that since whey protein is usually fat free, the body has harder time digesting it because all protein in nature is accompanied by fat. The supplement companies, however, will never tell you that part of the research.

In the end of the day, the choice to buy or not to buy is up to you.

{you decide!}

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  1. Ogre

    Just as I suspected. Thank you for this eye-opener.
    I am now leaving all BB supplements behind as soon as I run out of them. Just lowered my protein intake in the last two weeks, and the last one was one of the best training sessions I’ve ever had. There is so many bullshit about nutrition everywhere, it is hard to discover the truth. You have to try everything and have to discover everything for yourself.

  2. Derp

    After reading around the internet, this article is icing on the cake concerning my skepticism about protein intake higher than 1g/lb of body weight.

    My only problem is that it uses Kirk Karwoski as a reference point for protein intake, when he falls far outside the natty proportions listed in another article (5’7″, 280 lbs). I’m not saying this article is bogus, but it would have more relevance to and impact on the average person if it referenced someone who wasn’t on the juice. Maybe that would compensate for his protein “deficiency”?

  3. Chris

    Gary Lewer the former multiple Mr Australia and Mr World champion bodybuilder only ate 4 meals per day with moderate protein intake but very high carbohydrates. He competed at around 240lbs but only consumed approximately 150 grams of protein.
    One of the few Bodybuilders who spoke with common sense.

  4. Rodney Jackson

    I enjoyed this article. It’s hard to find articles that aren’t bias toward supplements. Even if there are articles that are skeptical of the effects of supplements, they want to push whey protein powder and creatine as staples. After taking supplements for the last 22 years on and off, mostly on, I’ve finally decided to let them go. I have wasted way too much money.

  5. rottenapple

    Whey protein is just protein powder and nothing more
    It’s fascinating how many people are delussional about whey – they think of it as some kind of anabolic holy grail haha
    Story about fast whey absorption is also bs – any kind of animal protein is pretty much the same thing
    Save your money and eat some low fat cheese instead

    1. joesantus

      …or cheap canned tuna packed in water.
      The real meaning of the word “supplements” is more along the idea of, “supplements the marketeers’ profit margins and bank accounts”.

    1. rottenapple

      American College of Sport Medicine recommends 1.2-1.7g per kg range, stated that recreational lifters should aim at bottom part of the range, while 1.7g/kg is reserved for professional athletes
      Why the hell should someone eat amount of protein recommend for professionals lol? You will only waste your money on protein rich food or supplements
      1.2g per kg is about 100g for a 82kg person like me – just the same number that also your doctor recommends

  6. akk

    I have Gout because of the misleading info i got 4 yrs ago about the right amount of protein one should intake to build his body, and the “MUST TAKE” protein supps to achieve his goal.

      1. Chuck Basher

        IF you want to gain weight, you HAVE to have a caloric surplus – in that you consume more calories than you burn. Lifting weights itself – moderate to intensely – for 50 minutes to an hour, burns around 300-500 calories depending on your weight. Your metabolism also is boosted throughout the day, meaning you’ll keep burning more calories than if sedentary.

        The average person who workouts at least thrice a week, as stated above, will probably burn about 2500 calories a day (average person who is sedentary burns around 1800-200)).

        So technically, you do have to “overeat” if you want to make lean muscle gains.

        Now, all these people talking about eating ridiculous amounts of food like 5000-8000 calories a day, JUST for a natural person lifting weights 3-5X a week is insane. Unless you’re adding a lot of cardio. Generally, you just need to eat when your body tells you to.

  7. Chuck Basher

    Not 100% true about the absorption deal; there is plenty of sources of protein in nature that are fat-free: Lentils are a good source of protein that are fat free.

    I generally think that protein powders DO serve a very helpful purpose – they are convenient and easy to consume. I also believe that you can absorb whey protein more than from solid foods, or at least the same. Especially if you mix the powder in a veggy/fruit smoothie with lots of fiber.

    I don’t know – protein powders, and supplement powders (I prefer a powder with carbs, fat, and protein for the taste – Syntha6 is good) definitely helped me gain 30 pounds (MOSTLY lean mass) in about 8 months.

    Again – you’re 100% CORRECT in that you don’t NEED them, and they’re not going to do anything special.

    But they definitely have their place in the fitness industry for convenience purposes – it’s just easier to drink a glass of 20-30 grams of protein in the morning with oatmeal, or a bagel, than boiling or scrambling up 4-5 eggs.

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