Protein shake necessary?

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    Sep 06, 2012 2:51 AM GMT
    4 yrs ago I started lifting weights and eating protein. I blend it with milk and yogurt to make a smoothie. But I fart too much and liver hurts a lil

    2 yrs ago I am used to the taste of protein power, I dropped milk and just shake it with water, also ate a whole wheat bread to help absorption.

    1 yr ago I got a blood test and doctor said everything is perfect except I have too much free protein in my blood so i cut my severing to 2/3 of a standard serving.

    3 month ago I run out of protein and was too lazy to buy online (Canadian stores are bloody expensive) I have been working out harder, eating more food. I actually didn't lose any muscle but gained quite a bit lean muscle.

    Any suggestions if i should go back to protein shakes?
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    Sep 06, 2012 4:08 AM GMT
    You should see a professional because you know shit about nutrition, and it's showing.
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    Sep 06, 2012 5:10 AM GMT
    Thanks, your feedback is "very constructive" I might not know anything about nutrition but i know my body, managed to get into excellent shape and my progress is getting better icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 06, 2012 5:24 AM GMT
    Well, in theory, it shouldn't matter too much what your protein sources are...as long as they are sources of complete protein (which animal products are and certain pairings of vegetable proteins).

    However, protein shakes lack other micronutrients that you get from real food. I've heard a lot of bodybuilders saying to stick to whole food as much as possible, especially for your three "main" meals per day (let's not go down the road of meal timing / frequency...one topic at a time LOL) and use protein shakes post workout / as snacks, you should be ok.

    Really, I think the keys are 1) to get as much whole food as possible in order to get the micronutrients, but using protein shakes when needed / post workout and 2) getting enough protein to build muscle.

    So, it's not surprising that you may have still been building muscle without the protein shakes...you're just getting your protein from other sources.
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    Sep 06, 2012 7:25 AM GMT
    pelotudo87 saidWell, in theory, it shouldn't matter too much what your protein sources are...as long as they are sources of complete protein (which animal products are and certain pairings of vegetable proteins).

    However, protein shakes lack other micronutrients that you get from real food. I've heard a lot of bodybuilders saying to stick to whole food as much as possible, especially for your three "main" meals per day (let's not go down the road of meal timing / frequency...one topic at a time LOL) and use protein shakes post workout / as snacks, you should be ok.

    Really, I think the keys are 1) to get as much whole food as possible in order to get the micronutrients, but using protein shakes when needed / post workout and 2) getting enough protein to build muscle.

    So, it's not surprising that you may have still been building muscle without the protein shakes...you're just getting your protein from other sources.


    DITTO.

    I've had the same issue with protein shakes too, even the so-called Lactose free ones. I did the same thing and stopped, but I just upped my consumption of eggs, chicken, and beef. Eating beans sometimes, and soy milk helps also.
    Oh, and L- glutamine before sleep to repair your muscles while resting.
    I have been doing this for two months now, and my muscles didn't shrink away. Thank goodness! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 06, 2012 2:28 PM GMT
    Despite a bad start to your protein shake experiences - the thing they offer is convenience more than anything else.

    As the other guys have mentioned, you're probably getting your protein from other sources - well done.

    I would consider doing what suits you as long as the results do as well - continue on for a couple more months and see if the protein intake and muscle growth are everything you hoped for....

    If then you think you could be doing better - measure yourself, take a baseline and re-commence protein shakes - do pick one that is low or no lactose, and mixes well in water.

    Make sure it has a complete protein profile, and that you're taking it at the appropriate time after workouts.

    Go another couple of months and measure your results - soon enough you'll know if it was worth it.
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    Sep 06, 2012 2:33 PM GMT
    I paid to see a nutritionist b4 i started training..... i take extra protein shakes twice per day in small doses (one after a workout) and I only take enough for my body weight and digestion allows.... Guesswork aint gonna cut it.

    No one can tell you whether to start eating protein shakes again or how much. Every body is a different case.

    See a nutritionist rather than resorting to guesswork again on forums. Everyone will tell you something diferent dude.
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    Sep 06, 2012 5:45 PM GMT
    Thanks for all advice guys. I have time to cook now so I guess I will keep the food way till I get too busy ,then I might pick up protein again.