Protein Powders

  • Gamemage7

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    Jan 02, 2012 2:46 AM GMT
    Hey guys, I'm new to working out and have been working out for a little over a year now. I'm finally settling into a workout routine, and in an attempt to build more muscle, I've been thinking about adding protein powder milkshakes to my diet. I'm wondering if those who are more experienced with workouts would have a better opinion than I would about whether this is a good idea, and which protein powder would be best.

    Any help is appreciated, thanks.
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    Jan 02, 2012 5:18 AM GMT
    I love Nitrean from AtLarge Nutrition for a general protein powder. It has whey AND casein which is really good. Your protein powder should have fast and slow digesting proteins which Nitrean has. It tastes good even with just water and Men's Health has recommended it several times as the best protein powder in the market.

    What I currently use daily though is Optimum Nutrition Pro Complex Lean Gainer since I'm trying to gain mass. It comes in three flavors that are all delicious. High in quality calories and protein.
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    Jan 02, 2012 5:33 AM GMT
    Because whey protein is not good for my digestive system, I add oatmeal powder to the container and shake it up to distribute evenly. (I put regular oatmeal to the food processor and blend to fine particles.)
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    Jan 02, 2012 5:39 AM GMT
    Protein powder is definitely recommended. An ample supply of protein is essential to gain muscle, and it is hard to get all of this protein from food. You can also take Creatine to increase energy and muscle recovery. Supplements are very expensive though, so make sure what you buy is worth your money. Many bottles of protein will try and fool the buyer into thinking it has a lot of protein when upon closer inspection it says in two scoops, etc. Look at the serving size, number of servings, and the grams it weighs compared to the amount of protein for the best buy.
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    Jan 02, 2012 5:43 AM GMT
    I like Gaspari Nutrition and they just came out with a Probiotic Whey Protein so its should be great...they have different flavors: chocolate, vanilla, cookies & cream and banana.

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    Jan 02, 2012 5:58 AM GMT
    Optimum Nutrition 'Gold Standard' 100% Whey Protein powder

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  • Gamemage7

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    Jan 07, 2012 4:23 AM GMT
    So, today I bought Body Fortress's "Super Advanced Whey Protein" powder, and I'm wondering if anyone knows if I just wasted my money, or if I made a worthwhile choice.

    It had noticeably more protein than any other powder at the store I went to.
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    Jan 07, 2012 5:13 AM GMT
    that's the brand i bought...i'll have to see if i get good results...i used NOW Foods Whey protein before...it seemed to work okay..it sounds like a good choice..from what i read on the jar..i also got Body Fortress Creatine...definitely better than NOW Foods Creatine...they were giant horse pills...Body Fortress creatine is a powder you put in water..easier for me to swallow.
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    Jan 07, 2012 5:19 AM GMT
    I would help answer your question, but Im too distracted by how adorable your pic is.
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    Jan 07, 2012 5:20 AM GMT
    SinCityStud saidI love Nitrean from AtLarge Nutrition for a general protein powder. It has whey AND casein which is really good. Your protein powder should have fast and slow digesting proteins which Nitrean has. It tastes good even with just water and Men's Health has recommended it several times as the best protein powder in the market.

    What I currently use daily though is Optimum Nutrition Pro Complex Lean Gainer since I'm trying to gain mass. It comes in three flavors that are all delicious. High in quality calories and protein.


    Never heard of that brand before, I should try it.
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    Jan 07, 2012 5:35 AM GMT
    SkittleGangsta saidI would help answer your question, but Im too distracted by how adorable your pic is.


    i know right??...you can't help but notice how sweet they look...
  • Lifter4Life

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    Jan 07, 2012 6:15 AM GMT
    Protein is definitely a must if you want to optimize your gains in the gym. There are four times during the day I would recommend incorporating it into your diet. First thing in the morning mixed with oatmeal and maybe an egg or two, pre-workout, post-workout and either right before bed or in the middle of the night. I would avoid the cheaper brands like Optimum, Universal, and NOW. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. I would also steer clear of all the so called "weight gainers" as most of them are full of sugar and other fat-promoting carbohydrates. The only time I would recommend protein with some sugar would be in your post-workout shake. I don't see any reason for bodybuilders to mix their protein with anything but water. In reality milk was meant for baby cows and not humans. The protein I recommend pre-workout is PeptoPro. It is the most easily and best absorbed protein in existence. For your other three protein servings, go to www.proteinfactory.com. There you can create your own customized formulas to fit your needs and budget with some of the most result-producing proteins not found anywhere else.
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    Jan 11, 2012 11:41 PM GMT
    It's important to think about what your training goals are before you choose a protein powder.

    Do you want to lose weight and build lean muscle?

    Or do you want to put on weight?

    There is a cool Australian site that shows you lots of the different protein powders that fit your weight gain/loss goals. I guess you'll be able to find them in a local supplement store in Rochester or online in the US.

    http://www.proteinpowder.com.au/

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    Jan 12, 2012 5:41 AM GMT
    I just bought MHP Probolic-SR 12 hour release protein powder, see if it works.
    It has both whey and casein plus a ton of BCAAs.
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    Jan 12, 2012 5:49 AM GMT
    SighsDontMatter saidI would avoid the cheaper brands like Optimum, Universal, and NOW. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for.


    If you think Optimum Nutrition is cheap, I'm really curious to know how much you're spending on protein.
  • Beeftastic

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    Jan 15, 2012 9:52 AM GMT
    I use this because it is the best bang for the buck, and I mix my own shakes with cocoa, milk, coconut sugar (low glycemic index), creatine etc.

    http://www.amazon.com/Whey-Protein-Isolate-Natural-Unflavpred/dp/B000GE0D8O
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    Jan 15, 2012 10:15 AM GMT
    Honestly most protein powders contain Fake sugars and Organochlorides which cause stomach fat. Ever see the body builders who do a lot of protein and have a stomach that puffs out?

    Its hard to find but if you really want to gain lean muscle without storing toxic molecules in your fat cells, then I would say grab a powder that is free from chemicals. Max Pro has one that is amazing. The natural one is sweetened with fruit concentrate. Also Dymatize Elite makes one sweetened with Stevia.
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    Jan 15, 2012 12:01 PM GMT
    I use Jay Robb - it's organic from untreated cows and it's sweetened with the herb Stevia so it's just protien without any calories from sugar. There's egg white and soy, but the whey is the on that's metabolized more completely. My brother who's lactose intolerant uses it without any problems.

    It's not cheap, but I only use it as a backup - most of my protien comes from food.

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    Jan 15, 2012 1:17 PM GMT
    I think that protein powder and wine have the same rules:

    1. If you buy cheap.... you get cheap.

    2. If it is really expensive, it may be TOO expensive.

    I find that the really cheap protein powders dont mix well and make you a fartasaurus rex. Really expensive ones are a waste of money. I like the in mid priced protein powders and experiment.
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    Jan 15, 2012 1:26 PM GMT
    Alpha_Muscle saidI think that protein powder and wine have the same rules:

    1. If you buy cheap.... you get cheap.

    2. If it is really expensive, it may be TOO expensive.

    I find that the really cheap protein powders dont mix well and make you a fartasaurus rex. Really expensive ones are a waste of money. I like the in mid priced protein powders and experiment.


    What's a brand you would recommend? And is there a cheaper way to obtain it such as on-line stores?
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    Jan 15, 2012 1:29 PM GMT
    Brazen68 said
    Alpha_Muscle saidI think that protein powder and wine have the same rules:

    1. If you buy cheap.... you get cheap.

    2. If it is really expensive, it may be TOO expensive.

    I find that the really cheap protein powders dont mix well and make you a fartasaurus rex. Really expensive ones are a waste of money. I like the in mid priced protein powders and experiment.


    What's a brand you would recommend? And is there a cheaper way to obtain it such as on-line stores?


    I really like CSN Pro Whey and I like Optimum Nutrition and Syntha-6. You can usually by the bigger GINORMOUS jugs and they are cheaper.

    I hate buying things online. I like to to buy things and take them home and enjoy them right away because I have no patience.
  • Glorfindel

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    Jan 15, 2012 1:55 PM GMT
    I second this. Not that I'm muscle builder expert or anything (still scrawny as hell), but I wanted a protein powder that had very little additional fat, and sugars/carbs. This one had the best that I had seen.

    I buy it thru Amazon. Not too expensive and with free shipping. icon_smile.gif

    LVmotoJock saidOptimum Nutrition 'Gold Standard' 100% Whey Protein powder

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    Jan 15, 2012 2:19 PM GMT
    LVmotoJock saidOptimum Nutrition 'Gold Standard' 100% Whey Protein powder

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    this is what I use. The whole point is just to make sure you're getting enough protein to rebuild your muscles after you work out. It's hard to get it all in food.
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    Jan 21, 2012 9:34 PM GMT
    calguy456 said
    LVmotoJock saidOptimum Nutrition 'Gold Standard' 100% Whey Protein powder

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    this is what I use. The whole point is just to make sure you're getting enough protein to rebuild your muscles after you work out. It's hard to get it all in food.



    That one is the best. If you go too cheap with a powder, it doesn't dissolve well and you have to dirty a blender with every shake or else much of it will end up at the bottom of the cup. Optimum dissolves easily in a shaker cup. They also have a lot of different flavors so you can change it up sometimes and not get burned out on chocolate or vanilla that seems to be the basis of most protein powders.
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    Jan 22, 2012 1:41 AM GMT
    Thanks to a recommendation from another RJer (hi RP & CG!) I only get my protein from truenutrition.com now (click on "Custom Mix"). You can create your own formulation, mixing whey protein (Cross Flow Microfiltration / Cold Filtration / Ion Exchange etc), egg protein, casein, etc., and add other supplements to the mix, like BCAA, glutamine, creatine, carnitine, even MCT and carbs. Prices are competitive but shipping can get pretty expensive, so I usually wait until they have discount codes on their Facebook page.