Protein shakes on days off

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    Mar 10, 2011 5:44 PM GMT
    This is something I've always wondered about, but never really thought to ask, but for the past few days, I've been thinking about it.

    I train 5X a week and b4 workout, I take the Jack3d supplement and then right after workout I drink my protein shake - then I drink protein again b4 bed.

    Now, how should I approach the weekends when I don't work out? I just usually go for a jog around the neighborhood, but no intense workouts.

    Should I keep drinking protein 2X a day on weekends also? I do have one semi-cheat day on Saturdays, but I don't want to cut protein dramatically on weekends and I think that's what I'm doing.

    I appreciate any help y'll can give me!
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    Mar 11, 2011 2:20 AM GMT
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    Mar 11, 2011 4:14 AM GMT
    My understanding is that the most critical time to consume a "fast" protein, like whey, which most shakes contain, is within a few minutes of finishing a weight training workout. The second most critical time is in the morning when you wake up and have gone hours without any protein. Other than that, I think you'll actually get better results from consuming whole foods rather than shakes. Hope this helps and I'd like to hear from some of the more knowledgeable guys out there.
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    Mar 11, 2011 4:17 AM GMT
    I don't take Jack3d so I am not sure about that really. But I will drink a protein shake some days when I am not working out. Its real important to still feed your body on those days, so if I don't eat enough and need some extra protein, I will drink a shake. But if I eat like a hog and have plenty of protein, then I don't really see the need for it...
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    Mar 11, 2011 4:17 AM GMT
    Those of us more knowledgable on this subject tend to not post on forums. Takes too much time and you have to get to know the person for what they're eating the rest of the day.

    If I were to give you a straight answer: you probably consume unbelievably way too much protein and could save a lot of money if you knew what you were doing.
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    Mar 11, 2011 4:23 AM GMT
    I'd say to just eat healthy on your days off at the gym. Eat protein, lean meats like turkey, chicken and fish, and vegetables on your days off. Of course you should on your workout days too.

    If you're trying to lose weight these rules don't apply however. I assume you're trying to gain muscle mass though.
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    Mar 11, 2011 6:03 PM GMT
    someguy saidI'd say to just eat healthy on your days off at the gym. Eat protein, lean meats like turkey, chicken and fish, and vegetables on your days off. Of course you should on your workout days too.

    If you're trying to lose weight these rules don't apply however. I assume you're trying to gain muscle mass though.


    I'm just trying to get cut, not lose weight.

    And thank you for your replies everyone. I guess I just have to see what I eat on those days and see if I would need extra protein or not.