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What causes abdominal bloating after taking whey protein supplements post workout?

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Dr. Saumya Mittal


Practicing since :2004

Answered : 2881 Questions

Posted on Mon, 6 Jun 2016 in General Health
Question: Dear sir/Ma'am
I am repeating the question again on this panel.
I have started to hit the Gym 4 month ago and i have been doing weight training under strict supervision of the trainer.One thing i have been noticing that whenever i took whey protein supplement on post workout my stomach started bloating and fill with gas i failed to understand that why it is happening?

My muscles are not growing significantly and my body is not responding anything despite i have been following with a strict diet.Only my body weight got increased that only fat not muscle my belly fat got increased when i started gym my weight was 64 KG now my body weight is 74 KG.And my height is 5 feet 7.5 inch.

To asses me correctly i am giving my complete diet which my gym instructor and my dietitian gave which are as follows:-

At 7 Am -Flavored green tea with dry fruits and nuts

On 8.30 Am- 1 Cup Oats, 2 slice toasted brown bread with peanut butter ,2 brown eggs whites and onle glass skimmed milk with honey.

At 11 Am-Fruit salad with one scope whey protein

Lunch 1.30 PM- 1 bowl brown rice with Daal ,mix veg(home preparation),1 cup Greek yogurt,and panner and chicken breast alternate days.

At 3.30 PM-One cup flavored green tea with 10 almonds.

At 5.30 PM-(Pre workout)-one banana one apple one brown bread with peanut butter.

At 7.30 PM-(post workout)-One boiled sweat potato/One sliced brown bread with peanut butter 2 scoop whey protein i have been using Dramatize ISO 100 whey.

Dinner At 9 PM-2 chappati, dal,green salad,any sabji

At 11 PM-one glass skimmed milk.Those are my diet plan.

Very sadly sir/Ma'am my body is not responding at all only i am gaining fat that only in my belly which is why my body weigh get increasing day-by-day.I am totally disappointed. I hate my body completely.

I cant keep my patience intact .My patience is breaking day-by-day.

Now i am targeting to 4000 calories in a day.I am targeting 16 inch biceps and 46 inch chest.

Kindly suggest me what to to do i am completely disappointed and and planning to quit my body is completely got failed .Please,please help me out please.

Answered by Dr. Saumya Mittal 6 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Need more information

Detailed Answer:
I am Dr Mittal.
I hav read your message.
I think I can help.
First, I will need more details on your exercise regime.
So please add those details as well.
I will try to help you as best as possible.
Dr Mittal
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Follow up: Dr. Saumya Mittal 2 minutes later
Dear sir,
I have been doing heavy weight training.Which are as follows-
Monday: Chest

Flat Bench Press 5 sets x 5 reps
Incline Bench Press 3 sets x 10-12 reps
Dips 3 sets x 10-12 reps
Incline Fly 3 sets x 12-15 reps
Cable Crossover 3 sets x 12-15 reps.

Tuesday: Back

Deadlift 5 sets x 5 reps
Pull ups 5 sets x 5 reps
T-bar row 3 sets x 10-12 reps
Lat Pulldown 3 sets x 10-12 reps
Wide grip pushdown 3 sets x 12-15 reps.
Cable curls 3 X 15
Barbell curls 4 X 10
Spider curls 4 X 10
Hammer curls 3 X 10
Reverse curls 4 X 10
Cable extension 3 X 10
Overhead rope 4 X 10
Head smackers 4 X 10
One arm cable kick back 4 X 10 XXXXXXX push up 4 X 10.

Chin up 2 X 10
Barbell curl 6 X 10
Preacher curl with EZ bar 6 X 10
Hammer curl 6 X 10
Pully push down 6 X 10
Lying triceps 5 X 15

Friday-Triceps and shoulders
Dumbell shoulder press 6 X 10
Front dumbell raise 4 X 10
Dumbell side raise 4 X 10
Dumbell bent lateral raise 4 X 10
Upright row .
Sat Day Legs

Leg extension 4 X 10
Deep squats 4 X 10
Leg press 4 X 10
Leg press(single) 5 X 10
Alternate lunges 5 X 10
Leg curls 4 X 10
Stiff dead lift 4 X 10
Free weight squats 3 X failure.

After that i do every day 10 treadmill and 10 min bicycle.
Answered by Dr. Saumya Mittal 8 minutes later
Brief Answer:
My suggestion

Detailed Answer:
I have read your response.
Here are a few things that you need to understand.
1. the diet that you are taking is a high protein diet.
2. this is needed because you are taxing your muscles and the healing muscles need protein.
3. any protein that is extra in the body is converted to glucose or fat.
4. muscles need protien for their normal levels too.
5. till there is a match in what you take in and what you need/use, there is a chance that your belly fat would grow.
6. Almost always belly fat grows first. As the muscle mass increases slowly, the added muscle mass consumes calories and thereafter you start loosing weight again.

Having explained that to you, I would suggest reducing the extra protien in your diet. And add running to your regime. A half an hour of jogging/running in addition to what you do in the gym will help cut off that extra fat that is getting converted from the extra protein.

I have tried to make it as simple as possible.
Please feel free to ask a follow up query if you need clarification on any aspect of my response.

Best of luck,
Dr Mittal
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Follow up: Dr. Saumya Mittal 10 minutes later
Dear sir,

This is again the same set of answers which i did expect.I do think you have not read my question properly or i would say you are in a hurry to reply it as quick as possible.

So let me ask you some toughs question how muscle grow? What time it would take to grow ? What sets of genes responsible for muscle to grow what are the main hormones which tends to make muscle to grow?
Did you calculate the calorie intake of diet did you calculate the protein intake of diet or you just saw the previous answer of that nutritional expert.

My question was my body is not responding my muscle are not growing my question was not extra protein or belly fat. I fail to understand the half hearted approach of panelist over here.

Why it does take so much time for biceps muscle to grow and also chest muscle my question as simple as that???

Answered by Dr. Saumya Mittal 18 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Specific answesr as requested

Detailed Answer:
I empathize with your problem.
I would however ask you to be patient.
Body building is not a 4 month job. Else everyone would be KHALI.

As for the amount of time that needs to be put in regarding the muscle building- it depends from person to person. A few things have to be left to genetics.
Also, Thanks for directing me to the dieticians responses. Had not really considered them till now. And considering everything, she has said everything I did, in fact in more details, considering that she can give you better food options, her being a dietician
As for the genes involved, its not a completed science. However, so far the following genes gave been found to be involved-
FOX 01
FOX 16
IGF 1 genes
MYOSIN gene.
And thats just to name a handful.

Hormones dealing with muscle bulk include
Growth factor
Insulin like growth factor
Thyroid hormones
and a part of Pituitary based hormones.

I hope that satisfies your tough questions.

As for calculating the protein and calory in diet, I would say I had very well understood your question the first time around when I told you that the body gains fat first, then as the muscles build slowly overtime, the muscles start consuming the calories.
But I guess you read over it too quickly, without trying to understand what I am trying to tell you.
I would also suggest that you talk to your trainer to check your technique of gyming and possibly change the regime to your satisfaction.

I will NOT COMMENT upon your last comment about "half hearted approach". I understand you are frustrated and confused.
Best of luck
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Follow up: Dr. Saumya Mittal 55 minutes later
Lets the discussion going on
What do you mean by that Body building is not a 4 month job. Else everyone would be KHALI. This is absolutely reprehensible.Did i mention if i did then show me that in which i mention that bodybuilding is a 4 month job in fact my question was my body is not responding.

Talking about effects of genes on muscle growth-
Insulinlike growth factor 1 (IGF-1),(IGF-2)
myostatin (MSTN)
gene called PPAR-Delta
erythropoietin (EPO)
i do think homeobox (Hox a and d) and the AR genes located on the X chromosome at Xq11-12
and the rest you have mentioned
Talking about Hormones testosterone and dihydro testosterone may be roe to play i think.

Ho much extra protein in my diet how much extra crab and how much extra fats if mentioned that it was high protein then requested to mention.

Requested to share that body will gain fats then muscle i have not came across such thing if you share the source of information in which you found i will go deep into that otherwise i will debunk that one.
Muscle build over time slowly why ? How much time if we talk in average?
why few things left to be gentics not much things.

For your kind information i am not confused i am well prepared through secondary research.

Answered by Dr. Saumya Mittal 6 minutes later
Brief Answer:

Detailed Answer:
As for the added genes and hormones you added, yes they may have a role. as i said its a long list.
as for the protein and diet, our dietician has already given you the information, but as I understand from that conversation, and the current forum, diet is not really your concern.
For my source, you are welcome to read the medical books.
And the time needed to build up depends on muscle morphology.
As for your secondary research, I guess you know the answer to your primary question already
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Follow up: Dr. Saumya Mittal 14 minutes later
Dear sir,

Again you are misinterpreting the whole things you said Body building is not a 4 month job. Else everyone would be KHALI from you own side.

You said that the body gains fat first, then as the muscles build slowly overtime, the muscles mention that book name and paragraph from where you found.

Diet is not my concern let me tell you i know what diet require and what not i have complete knowledge on that.
I know all my questions but i want to get it answer from expert because i am not the expert but i am science post graduate so i know things.

Again i am repeating my question that my body is not responding you could have answered it as to be to check the blood to see that all the hormones mentioned above were normal or not.
Again i will seek more information from your side.
Answered by Dr. Saumya Mittal 3 hours later
Brief Answer:
clarifying further

Detailed Answer:
I am assuming you are thinking that the inability to gain muscles is some kind of medical problem.
But that is not the scenario.
Its most often a genetic reason where the person is inherently light built and is unable to gain muscle bulk.
Also, I have said that muscle building takes time. 4 months is not long enough a time.
I am assuming you know who Khali is. If 4 months was enough, everyone who went to gym would have been muscular like XXXXXXX
Best of luck.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Yogesh D
Follow up: Dr. Saumya Mittal 44 hours later
Dear sir,

You are a doctor and more knowledgeable than me and in terms of experience too.
I don't want to disrespect you it seemed that you are very much inclined toward Khali Did my question was about khali?
Did i ever ask to you within 4 month one could be a body builder i do think from you Khali concept that you haven't understood what i did ask to you.

My question was in that 4 month no improvement has been occurred yet not a single cm gain that what i had asked. But very sadly you exaggerated and escalated the topic to such an extent that it went dubious.
I do know that muscle building does take time so need to repeat it again and again.

Answered by Dr. Saumya Mittal 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Thank you

Detailed Answer:
thanks for the feedback

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar

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