Protein shakes....How many do you drink a day...and your rationale?

  • mybud

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    Jun 23, 2010 2:23 AM GMT
    I find myself drinking 2 protein shakes day....and I was thinking about bumping it up to three.....Presently my caloric intake is about 3000 .....I lift heavy 4 days a week and run 30 miles a week....I find myself real hungry lately...could others share how many shakes my drink a day and they're rationale for doing so....Thanks.....BUD
  • UFJocknerd

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    Jun 23, 2010 3:32 PM GMT
    None. Rationale? I prefer to get protein from real food.
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    Jun 23, 2010 3:43 PM GMT
    They're very convenient as a supplement to regular food, quick to prepare and clean up afterward. It's quality protein that is quickly absorbed into the body and refreshes the body's energy. Come to think of it, whey protein might even be less expensive protein-wise than chicken breasts which need the time, effort and utilities to cook and clean up after.
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    Jun 23, 2010 3:49 PM GMT
    I stopped drinking milk, and protein shakes taste crappy with water. Hence I stopped drinking protein shakes altogether.
  • mybud

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    Jun 23, 2010 5:21 PM GMT
    I know it's always better to eat from food sources...it's just I don't have the time to prepare food all the time...ya I cook up some turkey jerky like 2 times a month...mix up some protein bars...homemade to supplement my diet......I weighted myself and I'm down to 170 from 175......I'm concerned..... More comments Thanks guys.....BUD
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    Jun 23, 2010 5:26 PM GMT
    2 right now, im still fat and getting back to gym...

    my trainer says real food is better tho, but protein shake is better than none.

    no thread jack but has anyone every sprinkled protein powder on real food (like chicken or steak)??

    i ask because i hear liquid protein goes straight to your belly and real food proteins are best because it takes time to digest.

    i prefer eating a smaller steak and sprinkle some protein on it, than a LARGE steak every 3 hours which is so time consuming, but will the 2 equate to same digestion times?
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    Jun 23, 2010 5:31 PM GMT
    I would encourage getting real dense meals as well. I would limit to 2 .. Shakes have other things like sodium to preserve it and other hidden ingredients. Although they help with your overall goal especially for our busy lifestyle but nothing beats the natural ingredients of real food.

    just a thought
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    Jun 23, 2010 5:32 PM GMT
    I drink about 3 per day. I ramped up my food intake a few weeks ago bc I'm trying to gain weight. I'm right there with you though on the food prep. And it seems like my body is already used to the extra food. I've already had 3 meals today and I'm starving again :/
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    Jun 23, 2010 5:32 PM GMT
    I drink 3 / day. I'd rather drink 1 or 2, and get the rest from a real meal. But I don't have that kind of time. A smoothie for breakfast w/ 3 servings of fruit and a scoop of protein, and some fat free yogurt w/ active cultures. Run out the door and drive to work while drinking it. Saves me a good 10-15 minutes in the AM.

    At work, I'll drop another scoop of protein in some water and drink that mid-afternoon (2-3 hours after lunch). Dinner when I get home, and another smoothie before bed with some other combo of ingredients so I don't get bored to death with smoothies / protein drinks. If not for this, my caloric intake would not be enough to support new muscle growth. Hell, it still might not be.

    Make sure you rest, bro. One of my recent epiphanies was that I was not taking enough days off between workouts, not sleeping enough. Just because you split your muscle groups doesn't mean you're getting enough rest. Even if Monday is chest / tris, Tuesday back / bis, Wednesday legs, and so on --- remember, every day is liver day, kidney day, pancreas day. Your internal organs have to repair all the damage you're doing by breaking down your muscles. Make sure they get enough rest, too.

    Results of resting more and eating more: I have gained about 10lbs in the past 3 weeks. I *hope* it's all going muscle. Pretty sure it is. Waist size hasn't changed. But shirts are tighter on shoulders / arms and shorts tighter on thighs. I can't wait to update my pics. They're all 10-15lbs ago. icon_sad.gif
  • mybud

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    Jun 23, 2010 5:43 PM GMT
    After I got off the scale this morning......I did a mental check on my diet.....I thought maybe since I have been running 6 miles ...5 days a week and it's like in the 90's maybe the weight I lost is water weight but 5 pounds?......That's not possible, right?....I drink 10 to 12.....16 oz glasses a water daily......I take creatine too......more input?....your awesome brahs......BUD
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    Jun 23, 2010 6:55 PM GMT
    mybud saidAfter I got off the scale this morning......I did a mental check on my diet.....I thought maybe since I have been running 6 miles ...5 days a week and it's like in the 90's maybe the weight I lost is water weight but 5 pounds?......That's not possible, right?....I drink 10 to 12.....16 oz glasses a water daily......I take creatine too......more input?....your awesome brahs......BUD


    I dont know why I sense some over training.. You know what works for me... taking a week off and starting again when I feelthat overwhelming feeling. and I usually get great results.... I wouldnt take creatine on cutting phases, i usually cycle all my supplements.
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    Jun 23, 2010 6:59 PM GMT
    3 in total

    1/2 serving weight gainer, pint of milk, 1 egg and a teaspoon of wheatgerm twice a day (morning and post workout)

    2 scoops whey in water at night just before bed

    also a protein bar mid afternoon

    Rational... I need the calories and protein in my diet if i'm going to gain anything
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    Jun 23, 2010 7:08 PM GMT
    One. (post-gym)
    Are we talking about powders only?
    If not two. The second one consist of cottage cheese and some (night.)

    If you don't like the flavor you can just chug it down in a matter of seconds- That's what I do.
  • mybud

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    Jun 23, 2010 7:30 PM GMT
    Powders...ya...I also try to eat casein rich foods before bedtime.....like cottage cheese ...yogurt.....or a homemade casein protein bar......Over training ?....I lift 4 days a week.....with a break between.....run Mon...Tues...Wed.....off Thur...run Fri...Sat...off Sun....
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    Jun 23, 2010 10:02 PM GMT
    jduckj said2 right now, im still fat and getting back to gym...

    my trainer says real food is better tho, but protein shake is better than none.

    no thread jack but has anyone every sprinkled protein powder on real food (like chicken or steak)??

    i ask because i hear liquid protein goes straight to your belly and real food proteins are best because it takes time to digest.

    i prefer eating a smaller steak and sprinkle some protein on it, than a LARGE steak every 3 hours which is so time consuming, but will the 2 equate to same digestion times?


    If you are concerned about being fat and serious about loosing weight you would completely stop eating steak. No matter how lean you think they may be they still have a hell of a lot of fat that you do not need nor want. I mention this since you consider "a LARGE steak every 3 hours [...] so time consuming". Sounds like you're taking a diet long-cut. I question what you are hearing from your "trainer" or how you are interpreting it.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jun 26, 2010 11:22 AM GMT
    UFJocknerd saidNone. Rationale? I prefer to get protein from real food.


    same
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    Jun 26, 2010 6:19 PM GMT
    if you go running 5 miles ( ~9km) there 's no way you'd lose 5 pounds of water.
    Let's say you run 45 minutes, i'd say 2 pounds is about what you'd lose - and that involves some heavy sweating.
    And since you rehydrate soon after, you should be back at your weight in the next 24 hours, unless you run again too soon and are still slightly dehydrated , in which case you're creating a spiral but within a few days you'd feel like shit.

    so my guess is you're losing fat and possibly "some" muscle mass from the running . Maybe you don't eat enough carbs ... don't forget after you stop running, you're still on the after burner for a few hours.
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    Jun 27, 2010 3:49 AM GMT
    Why ruin a good steak with powdery crap sprinkled all over it?!

    Save it for shakes or sprinkle it over cereal.

    Tip: to make your shakes more flavorful, add a box or two of sugar-free pudding mix and a little bit of cinnamon to the protein container and shake it to distribute.
  • mybud

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    Jun 27, 2010 4:02 AM GMT
    bigeasydude saidWhy ruin a good steak with powdery crap sprinkled all over it?!

    Save it for shakes or sprinkle it over cereal.

    Tip: to make your shakes more flavorful, add a box or two of sugar-free pudding mix and a little bit of cinnamon to the protein container and shake it to distribute.


    Wow.....awesome tip...thanks for sharing.....And I am looking at my carb intake and maybe increasing it for the energy boost......Any other opinions guysicon_biggrin.gif.....BUD
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    Jun 27, 2010 4:04 AM GMT
    I use 1 to 3 per day. I find them especially useful in the morning when I sometimes can't stomache the thought of whole food bit want to put something in my stomache.
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    Jun 27, 2010 12:50 PM GMT
    Actually, I never answered the OP's question. I drink 3-4 per day although I don't do this every day.

    Morning: Whey shake with Cool Brew in it.
    Preworkout: Whey shake
    Post workout: Whey/Casein shake
    Bedtime: Casein shake

    There are days when I eat protein laden foods like greek yogurt, cottage cheese, tuna, chicken, steak, etc instead of shakes.
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    Aug 06, 2010 1:22 AM GMT
    I wondered bout the same question as well;

    I split my meals to two parts;

    3 whole meals + 3 protein shakes.


    after readin all the posts in here,got me wondered as well, there is truth coming out of protein shakes. we have no idea what they put inside the powder and I am hoping its not bad stuff :S

    it does makes life easier though. I am trying to rotate my protein powder with different brands. I opted for no flavors & color as much I could. changin things abit might be better then keep sticking to the same product all the time

    The last time I took it was horrible, banana flavor and yellow coloring,imagine takin a month worth of that stuff. just scream bad news. :S
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    Aug 06, 2010 1:33 AM GMT
    one in the morning and one always after working out.... the rest is food...
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    Aug 06, 2010 1:43 AM GMT
    Used to drink 2 per day....now I dont drink them anymore and my body is so much better. This stuff is bad for the abs!!!!!
    Its a good snack or meal replacement when you are in a hurry though
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    Aug 06, 2010 3:11 AM GMT
    2-3 because I have a hard time eating in this heat.