anyone drink protein shakes after workouts?

iOrlando

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what results have you seen?

my main interest is does it add fat to your abs? (assuming you dont change your normal cardio routine/diet). Or is the goal...to do more cardio/weights due to the drink...and therefore you are burning more fat.
 

Zombie Acorn

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Ive never worked out without protein supplement so I can't really answer on that side of the debate. Most of the "good" (not necessarily great tasting though) protein doesn't contain many things that would add to your fat content, so I think that would be instantly debunked unless you are taking some really crappy (and they are out there) protein which is basically like hershey's chocolate milk (read the labels).

The point of the supplement is to improve muscle growth, this in turn needs calories. I believe the current recommendation for daily intake is 2 g of protein for each pound you weigh for the best muscle growth, this is pretty overkill though.
 

iOrlando

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Ive never worked out without protein supplement so I can't really answer on that side of the debate. Most of the "good" (not necessarily great tasting though) protein doesn't contain many things that would add to your fat content, so I think that would be instantly debunked unless you are taking some really crappy (and they are out there) protein which is basically like hershey's chocolate milk (read the labels).

The point of the supplement is to improve muscle growth, this in turn needs calories. I believe the current recommendation for daily intake is 2 g of protein for each pound you weigh for the best muscle growth, this is pretty overkill though.
i see. well I have seen definite muscle growth within the past 3-4 months but I dont take any supplements, protein things, etc. I feel though that I am hitting a wall. I really cant increase weights a whole lot more without just giving out. My goal though isnt for a whole lot more muscle..maybe just 10-20% more. I am more interested in triathlons, so obviously overall low body fat and endurance is a bigger concern than just pure muscle, hence my concern with adding on weight due to the shakes.
 

leekohler

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No- it won't add fat to your abs. Just keep in mind that protein does need a certain amount of fat in order to be used and absorbed properly by your body.
 

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i see. well I have seen definite muscle growth within the past 3-4 months but I dont take any supplements, protein things, etc. I feel though that I am hitting a wall. I really cant increase weights a whole lot more without just giving out. My goal though isnt for a whole lot more muscle..maybe just 10-20% more. I am more interested in triathlons, so obviously overall low body fat and endurance is a bigger concern than just pure muscle, hence my concern with adding on weight due to the shakes.
You may look into creatine instead. If you do supplement on it drink a LOT of water.
 

Zombie Acorn

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Don't you lose most of your gains once you stop taking it?
Not really, you lose the water that builds up in your muscles though which will make you less "bulgy".

I use both and never had problems, I have to reiterate to drink a lot of water though because dumb people who dehydrate themselves to hit a certain weight can kill themselves.
 

mondesi43

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Don't you lose most of your gains once you stop taking it?
You don't lose your gains. I'd suggest NO-Xplod by Xyience or BSN. Cycle for 4 weeks on, 2 weeks off.

Protein won't make you fat. Just take the whey protein. It helps your muscles recover and fills you up so you don't get hungry for crap sugars after working out.

But like other people have said: Drink plenty of water. Too much protein without hydration will eff up your kidneys. That's why people gain water weight when cycling supplements.
 

rk1228

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For me, a multi-species protein works better than just whey protein. I use "Ultimate Muscle Protein" made by Beverly International. It mixes easily with water or low fat milk (depending on what you want to achieve) and it actually tastes pretty good. I get the vanilla and if I want to change the flavor, I just add a little Crystal Lite flavor. It will not cover up your abs!

The other supplement that I totally think is worth the money is BCAA's. Branch Chain Amino Acids (Muscularity or Muscle Mass) work fast and are essential in promoting protein synthesis. They also increase the amount of fat you burn during a workout. I take these before and during my workouts. The result is a more intense and efficient workout, plus the pump is phenomenal.

If you're looking for an NO (Nitros Oxide) compound, you might look at Muscle Synergy. It's designed to increase muscle size and strength and suppress muscle breakdown. It also contains creatine and HMB.

When you get to a plateau (or sticking point) in your progress, its usually a good idea to switch things up a bit. You might want to check out BodyBuildingWorld.com for some more information. (Thats the Beverly International website.)

There is also a great forum at BodyBuilding.com where you can join and communicate with a lot of great guys doing exactly the same thing you are! It's also a great way to keep up with your progress to a goal.

Good Luck Man!
 

Iscariot

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There are no peer-reviewed studies that I am aware of that demonstrate that protein taken immediately after your workout has any extra benefit over a general increase in protein intake; and many studies indicate that nutrition absorption tends to continue for around 24 hours after a workout. An increased protein intake (especially coingestion with carbohydrates) in supplement form has been demonstrated to increase protein synthesis by up to 48%.

In other words, it's not the timing of the protein that's crucial so much as the amount.
 

Zombie Acorn

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I didn't really consider the fact that he specified after workouts. I usually drink one in the morning and then one after, not for any real reason, im usually thirsty after a workout though so it makes the taste a bit more bearable.
 

Wotan31

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No- it won't add fat to your abs. Just keep in mind that protein does need a certain amount of fat in order to be used and absorbed properly by your body.
Good point, a ZERO fat diet is just as harmful as a high-fat diet.

I do the powdered shake thing immediately after leaving the gym.
 

Wotan31

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I didn't really consider the fact that he specified after workouts. I usually drink one in the morning and then one after, not for any real reason, im usually thirsty after a workout though so it makes the taste a bit more bearable.
I think I read somewhere that your body absorbs the protein better if its consumed within ~15 minutes after completing your workout.
 

red42

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take it with some simple carbs to release some insulin. This replenishes lost glycogen reserves and shuttles aminos into ur muscle where they are needed. dextrose and/or maltodextrin should do the trick.

Dont bother with protein shakes at any other time its just a waste as you only really need simple proteins post work out. Eat normally. Your body is a prehistoric machine, it isnt made to ingest protein shakes all the time. Au Natural...etc.
 

richard.mac

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you wont gain fat unless the calories and carbs in the shake arent being used. after the gym you have burned a lot of energy and the calories and carbs will be replenished.

after a weights workout where the muscle fibres will have been damaged drinking a protein shake right afterwards will repair these muscle fibres promoting larger muscle growth.
 

red42

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you wont gain fat unless the calories and carbs in the shake arent being used. after the gym you have burned a lot of energy and the calories and carbs will be replenished.

after a weights workout where the muscle fibres will have been damaged drinking a protein shake right afterwards will repair these muscle fibres promoting larger muscle growth.
is there a parrot in the house?
 

richard.mac

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is there a parrot in the house?
sorry, only really read the first few posts and then hit reply at the top of the page. but you didnt exactly talk about protein promoting growth of damaged muscle fibres and not using carbs during sleep, as did i. and care not to have replied in such a blunt, succinct manner?
 

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