The objectives of this meta-analysis are to (1) examine the physiological benefits of whey protein supplements, (2) analyze the advantages and disadvantages of using dietary protein supplementation, and (3) consolidate data from leading studies on whey protein supplements. This study employs ten quantitative studies regarding whey protein supplementation with resistance training protocols spanning at least 6 weeks and measuring dynamic muscle strength and/or hypertrophy as a primary outcome variable. Twenty-five initial findings were reduced to ten and major themes identified include: timing of ingestion of whey protein supplements; training intensity or type; and combination of supplement intake with diet and other macronutrients. The study shows that, while results vary, the best available evidence suggests that whey protein supplementation has little to no positive impact on fitness or health.

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Spring 2018


David Coleman

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Honors Program

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Bachelor Thesis

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Honors Scholars

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