You do not need whey protein or any other garbage protein supplement to sculpt a classical, symmetrical proportional body.
All you need is nutrient dense real food, sunlight, deep restorative sleep and the proper training done consistently. If you want to sculpt an old school physique, you need to eat old school physique sculpting power foods. Healthy sugars, power proteins, and fabulous saturated fats.
Milk, eggs, broth, liver and other organs, oysters and other shellfish, red meat, tropical fruits, root vegetables, tubers, squashes, honey, maple syrup, homemade desserts free of additives, gums, and other fake crap, coconut oil, butter, and ghee.
Inflammation aka Poor Lifestyle and Nutrition Habits
A classic, proportionate, symmetrical physique will never be sustainable if you are living and eating in a way that promotes inflammation. If you are eating foods that promote inflammation and living a lifestyle that continuously hinders you, then your body will continually breakdown and you will not be able to train effectively. You will either always have nagging injuries, aches and pains that will limit you from being able to use relatively heavy weight or stop you from being able to perform certain movements that are vital to really sculpting the physique, especially as you get older.
All of the above foods mentioned are thyroid supportive, which in turn means classic physique promoting (when coupled with correct training). When we are not eating in a way that supports the thyroid, long term this is going to mess with our ability to maintain a developed classic physique because the thyroid is the master of our metabolism and if our metabolism is damaged it becomes harder with age to maintain such a physique. A classical, symmetrical, proportionate physiques requires a very specific blueprint of training and eating and if you haven’t been taking care of your health with the proper nutrition, lifestyle habits and training then we cannot train and eat in such a way.
Whey Protein Powders
Protein powders, especially whey protein is a very poor source of protein food. The way most people use them, pretty excessively to the point that they are a staple in their diet, causes too much inflammation and is disruptive to the thyroid. Whey protein, especially in adults and in excess without balance of other amino acids is inflammatory, does not facilitate health or wellbeing and therefore anything that does not facilitate health is not great for building a sustainable classic physique.
“Whey, which is sold as a protein supplement, and egg whites contain too much tryptophan and can be antithyroid if used excessively.” Raymond Peat, PhD
“For example, whey protein contains much more tryptophan than whole milk or cheese does, and would tend to suppress the thyroid and activate the whole serotonin-stress system. Whey might be good for fattening pigs, but its acceptance in the health food industry as a powdered protein supplement is just another example of the harmful effects of serotonin mythology.” Raymond Peat, PhD
On top of the pro-inflammatory whey, 99.99 percent of protein powders and supplements are often low quality, contain irritating additives, multiple fillers, and lack purity. Whey protein usually comes from sick cows. Not only does this cause inflammation but is very hard on the gut and causes a host of issues long term.
Profit: Follow the money trail
Since pigs have no more use for whey as a fertilizer, companies use whey to sell to humans for “PROTEIN POWER”. Profit, profit, profit.
“The disposal of whey protein was previously done via use as a fertilizer and as pig feed. Because pig feed is now largely corn, soy, and grain and whey as a fertilizer isn’t of much value compared to other methods, the new disposers of this waste product of cheese production are the sport performance crowd, casual gym goer, and bodybuilding enthusiasts.” Rob Turner, Functional Performance Systems
If you take care of the body, the body will take care of you and you will see sustainable results well into the golden years.
John Grimek and Steve Reeves Opted for Whole Foods!
John Grimek advocated whole milk, peanut butter, honey, raisins, as well as meat, fish, eggs, cheese, butter, and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Steve Reeves sample eating plan:
Breakfast: The Steve Reeves Power Drink
14 Ounces of Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
1 Tablespoon of Knox Gelatin
1 Tablespoon of Honey
2-4 Raw Eggs (Steve recommends that pasteurized eggs might be safer today)
2 tablespoons of High-Protein Powder (which he made himself)
Cottage Cheese (with a handful of nuts, raisins)
2 Pieces of Fresh Fruit (in season)
1 Huge Salad
1 Swordfish Steak (or turkey, tuna, or lean ground beef)