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Can your protein powder hinder your muscle growth?
Well, not directly…
But choosing slow digesting protein powders can actually hinder you from eating enough to meet your caloric surplus needs. When you consume slow digesting protein (i.e. casein) it stays in your stomach for several hours and provides a slow steady release of amino acids. Now this is good in most cases, but if you are really skinny and struggle to gain weight this will only suppress your appetite and make you feel full longer. Thus preventing your from eating enough to actually get in a caloric surplus.
A lot of people don’t realize it, but skinny people struggle just as much (if not more) to consume a caloric surplus to gain weight, as overweight people do to consume a caloric deficit to lose weight. In fact, if I had the choice I would rather feel a little hunger than feeling over stuffed.
So to help keep your appetite stimulated for gaining weight, choose a faster digesting protein powder such as Whey Isolate. Whey protein is one of the fastest digesting proteins and it doesn’t sit in your for hours like casein does. Whey will not leave you feeling nearly as full, and thus you’ll be hungry sooner and be able to eat more calories.
Note: this opposite is true as well, so if your goal is to lose weight, slower digesting protein supplements will provide more appetite suppression.