Protein Shakes...Necessary?

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    Aug 06, 2012 3:08 PM GMT
    I was talking to my friend the other day who is a nursing major about health & nutrition and I asked her what her thoughts were on protein shakes. She mentioned most of it is waste the body releases because that amount of protein is not healthy because...(insert medical jargon I cannot remember or half understand...). And then suggested if I am going to do one that I should take up a soy based protein shake.

    Does everyone here who is ripped, athletic (in-shape) actually take protein shakes? I stopped about a month ago and have actually began to notice more muscle definition.
  • HottJoe

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    Aug 06, 2012 3:13 PM GMT
    The jury is out for me on protein shakes. I like them for breakfast when I blend them with a banana and frozen strawberries. I'm not sure if its the sugar in the fruit or the protein that perks me up though. I prefer taking an energy shot before a workout, over drinking a protein shake. I like to feel light and energized, especially when I'm doing chin ups and dips, lol.
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    Aug 06, 2012 4:06 PM GMT
    You don't need protein shakes to gain muscle, but you do need protein (around 1 gram per pound of body weight is the standard). I try to get most of my protein from whole foods, but shakes are a convenient way to get the extra protein in. So to answer your question, no, they're not necessary.
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    Aug 06, 2012 4:11 PM GMT
    Not necessary if you get sufficient grams of protein from other sources. But who has time make chicken breast omelettes for breakfast? Shakes are a convenience thing - a way for easy feedings throughout the day when you're on the go. Soy is thought to increase estrogen so as a protein that may not be an optimal choice.


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    Aug 06, 2012 4:42 PM GMT
    jomu112 saidI was talking to my friend the other day who is a nursing major about health & nutrition and I asked her what her thoughts were on protein shakes. She mentioned most of it is waste the body releases because that amount of protein is not healthy because...(insert medical jargon I cannot remember or half understand...). And then suggested if I am going to do one that I should take up a soy based protein shake.

    Does everyone here who is ripped, athletic (in-shape) actually take protein shakes? I stopped about a month ago and have actually began to notice more muscle definition.


    Nurses in the USA have no clue... Seriously healthcare administration and insurance billing requires something like 200 hrs of training but they're lucky if they get 3 hrs of nutrition and dietetics

    To Illustrate an example i posted on facebook 'yum, low carbs eggs and bacon for breakfast' and my friend a nurse responded 'low carb eggs gross, how do they make those'

    You should avoid soy like the plague, it, wheat and corn are pretty much what's what's poisoning middle america.

    And no it's not unhealthy to take whey protein shakes, it does nothing to your kidneys unless you're already dying of hereditary kidney disease. you can live with less than half of one kidney they can handle protein flirtation and creatine clearance... All the scientific studies done indicate feeding rats protein supplements increases their life span.


  • nomad4life

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    Aug 06, 2012 4:56 PM GMT
    Not as a body builder but as a pre-vet student with nutrition classes, I don't completely agree with your friend but I don't think she's wrong. Most people do get what's called maintenance level protein, enough to keep them alive, the food they normally eat (I think it's like .3 or .4 gram/pound or something). But for working out and building muscle you do need more (growth level). Like SF79 said, for building you'll want about a gram/pound (slightly lower if you just want to tone). The shakes are good for convenience.
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    Aug 06, 2012 5:32 PM GMT
    Eat a can of tuna, and you are good for protein.
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    Aug 06, 2012 5:36 PM GMT
    unknownkarma55 saidEat a can of tuna, and you are good for protein.


    "A" can of tuna isn't going to give you anywhere the amount of protein you need to consume daily. One can of tuna has about half of the protein in a scoop of protein powder, and I usually put two scoops in a protein shake. There's no way I could consume four cans of tuna in one sitting, so I'll stick with the protein shakes, thank you.
  • mybud

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    Aug 06, 2012 5:42 PM GMT
    I've reduced my protein shake to 1 a day and that's after lifting or running...I've seen good progress in mass retention so I'll continue that practice...
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    Aug 06, 2012 5:44 PM GMT
    I personally dont think protein shakes are healthy. They cant be. Its artificial protein. And it "cannot" be compared with protein in foods like tuna and chicken etc. Even though its a quick fix or convinient.

    Your nurse friend is right. Our body is designed to take up the protein necessary and the rest goes to waste. You are doubling and trippling the load on your kidneys unneccessarily. Extra protein will anyway be converted to ketones and sugars and will be wasted by your pee.

    But no side effects have been observed so far !

    So i think, target to get natural protein first. If you are busy with work and dont have time to make the food, then fix in some protein shake. You can always make your shake better by adding natural stuff as well. Better than just drinking the protein. Add some blackberries, strawberries (Any berry - best antioxidants, best co anzymes for your body enzymes to function). Add bananas for your potassium - youl think faster with it =D )

    I myself had a strong belief that protein shakes are necessary but they just added inches to my waist line.. I stopped and im gettng better results...

    Good luck