Protein shake vs. Meat. Which is better?

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    Jul 07, 2010 3:43 PM GMT
    After a workout a few days ago I came home and started to make my post workout out protein shake. My mother offered me some steak instead. I ate the steak, who wouldn't? But I have to ask, Have supplements come far enough that they are better than good 'ol meat? Which is the better option?
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    Jul 07, 2010 3:46 PM GMT
    Morally, environmentally, or nutritionally? icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 07, 2010 7:24 PM GMT
    all three!
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    Jul 15, 2010 4:41 PM GMT
    Steak, hands down.
    Personally, I've completely weened myself off all supplements...but I will admit it's MUCH more expensive to eat my body weight in protein every day. It's worth it to me, though, because I don't get the bloated feeling I used to get with protein shakes.
  • Desmondlug

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    Jul 15, 2010 4:45 PM GMT
    Meats are still better just after a workout protein shakes are better because the body absorbs them faster.
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    Jul 15, 2010 4:52 PM GMT
    When meat is cooked, the nutrients are much less,....So it would be between eating red meat or drinking a protein shake, to get about equal percentage of protein... Protein shakes have been my fav for a very long time,.. especially with water post workout, absorbs really quick in to your broken down muscle tissue....
  • Latenight30

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    Jul 15, 2010 4:56 PM GMT
    After taking about a 4 month hiatus from working on regularly, I had to work was too busy.
    I got back into it and now religiously I follow my work outs with a shake. Either pre-made EAS or another protein. I have seen a faster return on my workouts than I have in the last 2 years.
    I say shake. 1 for the convenience. I even take a baggie of powder and my shaker to the gym and make it right after I change and drink it on the way back to the office.
    2. Do you really want to have that much "red" meat a week. Wow
  • manpit209

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    Jul 17, 2010 6:19 AM GMT
    Meat's still better. Protein shakes are meant to supplement your diet and help increase protein intake if you need more. It's processed anyway so it probably will never be as good as the natural hunk of steak. Plus, steak tastes so much better than a protein steak. (^_^)
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    Jul 17, 2010 8:20 PM GMT
    There is a lot of good insight here! Though, there seem to be conflicting opinions. Thanks for the posts guys! I really appreciate it.
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    Jul 17, 2010 8:40 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidSteak, hands down.
    Personally, I've completely weened myself off all supplements...but I will admit it's MUCH more expensive to eat my body weight in protein every day. It's worth it to me, though, because I don't get the bloated feeling I used to get with protein shakes.


    187 pounds of steak a day and you don't get bloated? Now that I would like to see. icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 18, 2010 10:41 AM GMT
    viveutvivas said
    paulflexes saidSteak, hands down.
    Personally, I've completely weened myself off all supplements...but I will admit it's MUCH more expensive to eat my body weight in protein every day. It's worth it to me, though, because I don't get the bloated feeling I used to get with protein shakes.


    187 pounds of steak a day and you don't get bloated? Now that I would like to see. icon_wink.gif
    But of course! You just have to eat slowly. icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 04, 2010 5:34 AM GMT
    Shakes for the convenience. Oh, and this whole thing about taking in 1g of protein for every 1lb of lean muscle is total bullshit. I weigh about 162 and I take about 110-120 grams of protein a day. I like my kidneys!!!
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    Sep 04, 2010 5:38 AM GMT
    Dont forget protein bars. Studies have recently shown that anything above around 30 grams of protein per serving doesnt get assimilated, More is not better.
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    Sep 04, 2010 6:10 AM GMT
    Meat is not better...particularly steak

    All the fools in here are just tied up with hippy shit and supplements are bad talk, see for your self read the labels on your steak vs your protein shakes and pay close attention to grams of saturated fat
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    Sep 04, 2010 6:15 AM GMT
    I'm not a nutritionist but my understanding is that consuming protein along with simple carbohydrates immediately after weight training, can aid in muscle growth and repair. So, for right after lifting, a protein shake with simple carbs would be the way to go.

    In general though, I'd feel much more satisfied eating steak than drinking a protein shake.
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    Sep 04, 2010 6:16 AM GMT
    Aznewbie saidShakes for the convenience. Oh, and this whole thing about taking in 1g of protein for every 1lb of lean muscle is total bullshit. I weigh about 162 and I take about 110-120 grams of protein a day. I like my kidneys!!!

    You could easily eat 3g/lbs, and your kidneys wouldn't complain. Well, assuming they're not gimp to begin with.
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    Sep 04, 2010 2:04 PM GMT
    Latenight30 saidDo you really want to have that much "red" meat a week

    I think the OP provided steak as one example, but the question in the subject just says "meat".
    So chicken, turkey, fish... even pork....
    (And I'd add egg whites, too.)
  • allatonce

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    Sep 04, 2010 5:36 PM GMT
    I only took 1 or occasionally 2 protein shakes a day and my doctor has ordered me to stop completely.
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    Sep 04, 2010 5:48 PM GMT
    mah dude loves them both.....and oh how he luvs them....and thankfoolay i am more than fully equiped to provide both.....icon_twisted.gif
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    Sep 04, 2010 6:13 PM GMT
    allatonce saidI only took 1 or occasionally 2 protein shakes a day and my doctor has ordered me to stop completely.


    why? if you don't mind me asking.
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    Sep 04, 2010 8:29 PM GMT
    allatonce saidI only took 1 or occasionally 2 protein shakes a day and my doctor has ordered me to stop completely.


    Why?
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    Sep 04, 2010 8:33 PM GMT
    Aznewbie said
    allatonce saidI only took 1 or occasionally 2 protein shakes a day and my doctor has ordered me to stop completely.


    Why?



    Yea i would really like to know why? i have been taking protein shakes for years now....
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    Sep 04, 2010 8:33 PM GMT
    Aznewbie said
    allatonce saidI only took 1 or occasionally 2 protein shakes a day and my doctor has ordered me to stop completely.


    Why?



    Yea i would really like to know why? i have been taking protein shakes for years now....
  • NerdLifter

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    Sep 04, 2010 8:37 PM GMT
    Unless it's post workout: good healthy solid food will beat shakes handsdown.

    I wish I could apply such a philosphy towards my daily life, but sometimes time gets tight and you need some quick protein to hold you over until you can get to your next meal. That's where I believe shakes come in, the other place would be directly post-workout.
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    Sep 04, 2010 11:09 PM GMT
    protein is protein, the body doesn't care.

    As long as you are getting enough full chain amino acids for the body to make use of during repair the body won't give a crap.