If whey powder smoothies are so bad, then why was I doing well with them?
I've been having a whey powder smoothie* for breakfast for years and never ran into any problems with them. When I was on medium carb SAD in 2009, I had gained 10 pounds because of job loss (cortisol), and the smoothies helped me lose those 10 pounds back to normal. When I started primal on Halloween 2011, I lost five pounds right away, still with the smoothie breakfast and only walking for exercise. In the past few weeks, I've been on BAB leptin reset. The LR is showing signs of working, but I've gained a couple pounds and I miss the smoothies. Post reset, I'd like to go back to the smoothie and drop a teeny bit more weight.
But now I read on MDA in several threads that whey powder must be avoided: folks say that it causes inflammation, stalls weight loss, spikes insulin. Then they throw in the obligatory lecture to "eat real food."
I don't get it. Jack Kruse grudgingly allows some whey powder, and Mark Sisson sells the stuff, and they seem to be in good health. It seems that the only time I should avoid wp is on LR or Whole30; otherwise I'd like it to be my 20%. Does anyone else actually LIKE their whey powder smoothies, or am I the only one?
(EDIT: and I think it's pretty funny that there's an ad for Primal Fuel right next to my post. )
*Original smoothie: 1/3 plain lowfat yogurt, 2/3 cup berries, 1 tsp honey, 1 scoop wp (20 g protein + sucralose), water, green tea bag.
*Primal smoothie: 1/6 cup full-fat greek yogurt, 1/6 cup coconut milk, 2/3 cup berries, 1 scoop wp (20 g protien + stevia), water.
5'0" female, 44 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained back to 115(!) on SAD chocolate, potato chips, and stress. Currently keeping food tracker.
I (try to) follow by-the-book primal as advocated by Mark Sisson, except for whey powder and a bit of cream. I advocate a two-month strict adjustment for newbies. But everybody is different and should tweak Primal to their own needs.