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Are Protein Shakes Bad for You?

Updated on August 18, 2016

Using supplements for muscle gain or weight loss is quite common. Artificial supplements are mostly used for instant muscular gains. Workout sessions without appropriate protein intake do not allow your muscles to grow. Therefore, protein has got great significance when it comes to muscular gains. Fitness trainers often suggest protein shakes as a substitute of natural foods but are protein shakes more beneficial than natural foods? Here's what you need to know before buying a supplement for your nutrition needs.

It would be quite unfair to say that supplements are too beneficial or too harmful for your health. But just like everything else, consuming artificial powders or any other supplement in excessive quantity can cause severe medical complications. Let's know for a fact that all supplements and protein shakes are artificial foods with artificial colors and a few chemicals. Natural foods cannot be replaced with artificial foods in any aspect.

Before you go on to buy a supplement, be sure about your current health and medical history. Moreover, protein shakes are basically meant to achieve extra ordinary muscular gains for your body. If you are just doing some cardio exercises or beginner level body building, you do not need to consume any sort of protein powder or artificial supplement. Secondly, if you have had a history of ailments and deficiencies, you must not consume any protein shake without consulting your family doctor.

Most importantly, you need to know that which protein shake is right for you. Protein shakes are of various categories according to different body types. Buying any type of protein shake that isn't suitable for your body can result in severe medical disorders. Therefore, before you go on to buy a supplement; be sure of which type of supplement would be suitable for you.

Here are few side effects of artificial supplements that may occur due to inappropriate usage.

Weight Gain:

Protein is basically used by your body to strengthen muscles engaged in regular workouts. But your body has a certain capacity to the amount of protein it can store. Trying to store extra protein in your body can result in excessive weight which can be quite harmful in various ways. Secondly, not using up the protein stored in your body can also result in weight gain.


Your body uses large amount of water to metabolize protein. Therefore, the more amount of protein you consume, the more likely you are to suffer from dehydration. People using supplements without having any knowledge of how to burn them are at higher risk of developing severe medical problems.

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