Buying Protein Powder

  • squally

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    Oct 01, 2012 10:02 PM GMT
    So I am planning to buy some protein powder.
    Any recommendations? And what should I look for? Anything in particular to watch out and what is considered a reasonable price?
  • fitartistsf

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    Oct 02, 2012 1:19 AM GMT
    Intek Evolution is a good brand. 34 g protein per scoop... 1 g of fat. 160 cal.
  • spacemagic

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    Oct 02, 2012 1:25 AM GMT
    I really like Syntha-6 from BSN. I could go into all the features, but to say it's delicious will have to suffice.
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    Oct 02, 2012 2:17 AM GMT
    I recommend Dymatize Elite for post-workout and Gold Standard 100% Casein right before bed. Both taste decent and are (mostly) pure protein without carbs or fat. I don't care much for any fillers besides protein, but some extra vitamins wouldn't hurt.

    Basically, any whey or blend of protein is beneficial immediately after a workout. Some carbs and fat is acceptable here, as long as they aren't higher than ~8% of daily allowance per serving.

    Casein is good before bed. Some people don't like the texture (much gooier than whey), but it's not so bad if you use a blender.

    Aim to get 50-75 grams of protein from shakes throughout the day, in multiple shakes (don't just make one giant one). The rest of your protein should come from stuff like chicken.
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    Oct 02, 2012 2:27 AM GMT
    I am starting to use HydroBuilder from ON, recommended by a gym budy who has gained a lot muscle. Drink it as a post-workout drink, and also de Casein at night, before bed.
  • squally

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    Oct 02, 2012 4:46 AM GMT
    Thanks everyone for your input.
    Gosh buying protein powder feels like rocket science here with all the long words and acid terms.

    Should there be a difference between a pre-workout protein drink and a post-workout protein drink? I read an article that tells me to diversify your proteins.

    @Andrew86 - Congrats on being man of the day!
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    Oct 02, 2012 5:04 AM GMT
    whats your goal?
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    Oct 02, 2012 5:58 AM GMT
    Look for whey isolate protein. It's easier to digest. This is important for guys that are lactose intolerant.
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    Oct 02, 2012 6:30 AM GMT
    xrichx saidLook for whey isolate protein. It's easier to digest. This is important for guys that are lactose intolerant.


    I did not know that whey isolates are better for guys like me.
    Good to know, Thanks! icon_cool.gif
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    Oct 02, 2012 6:39 AM GMT
    GigoloAssassin said
    xrichx saidLook for whey isolate protein. It's easier to digest. This is important for guys that are lactose intolerant.

    I did not know that whey isolates are better for guys like me.
    Good to know, Thanks! icon_cool.gif
    Asians and other minorities are usually lactose intolerant. I remember when I first started working out, I made the bad decision to get some low quality protein powder. icon_sad.gif

    I've been really happy with Optimum Nutrition whey protein powders. If you can spare the extra money, look into Isopure protein powders and drinks. I've also had good results with Labrada meal replacement powders. Mixes easy and digests quickly.
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    Oct 02, 2012 2:22 PM GMT
    squally said

    Should there be a difference between a pre-workout protein drink and a post-workout protein drink? I read an article that tells me to diversify your proteins.

    @Andrew86 - Congrats on being man of the day!


    No real difference between pre-workout and post-workout. If you are eating well, pre-workout is probably not necessary. But your post-workout is the most vital one of the day! Take your quick-digesting protein ASAP after your workout. 25-50 grams should be more than enough.

    Oh and thanks, I guess people like my fitness advice haha.
  • squally

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    Oct 03, 2012 2:22 AM GMT
    @XRICHX - I am not lactose intolerant, so I won't have a problem in that department, however, if it does upset my stomach I can keep your advice in mind! Thanks

    @Hikari - What's my goal? Hmm I don't know to be quite honest. I weigh myself today at the gym and I am 130lbs. I would like to get stronger, so I been working on my arms and chest. Perhaps gain 5 pounds in 3 months? Would that be a realistic goal?

    @Andrew86 - Why is "Casein is good before bed" ?

    So where should I find all these fabulous products everyone has suggested? Online or to the store? What price range am I looking at spending?

    Thanks everyone!
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    Oct 03, 2012 5:20 PM GMT
    Casein is good before bed because it is very slow to digest. Then when you sleep and your body is busy repairing those muscles, you are providing it with a steady supply of protein throughout the night. It also theoretically prevents your body from going into "fasting mode" which can cause people to conserve fat and shed muscle.

    25-35 grams should be sufficient, since your other nutrient needs are lower when at rest.
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    Oct 03, 2012 5:26 PM GMT
    all i'm gonna tell you is...mix it in like a smoothie or something cuz that shit is nasty with plain water man....
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    Oct 03, 2012 5:28 PM GMT
    xrichx said
    GigoloAssassin said
    xrichx saidLook for whey isolate protein. It's easier to digest. This is important for guys that are lactose intolerant.

    I did not know that whey isolates are better for guys like me.
    Good to know, Thanks! icon_cool.gif
    Asians and other minorities are usually lactose intolerant. I remember when I first started working out, I made the bad decision to get some low quality protein powder. icon_sad.gif

    I've been really happy with Optimum Nutrition whey protein powders. If you can spare the extra money, look into Isopure protein powders and drinks. I've also had good results with Labrada meal replacement powders. Mixes easy and digests quickly.


    Optimum tastes great, but so expensive, and Isopure sucked! I havent tried Labrada, and i have heard good stuff about it.
    What about Monster Milk? All the Muscle Milk products are lactose free.
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    Oct 03, 2012 5:32 PM GMT
    Andrew86 saidCasein is good before bed because it is very slow to digest. Then when you sleep and your body is busy repairing those muscles, you are providing it with a steady supply of protein throughout the night. It also theoretically prevents your body from going into "fasting mode" which can cause people to conserve fat and shed muscle.

    25-35 grams should be sufficient, since your other nutrient needs are lower when at rest.


    Your body slows down during sleep so hunger, and washroom needs take longer to develop. 20g is the limit per hour on how how much protein your kidneys can process, for an average person. Whey protein is also fairly cheap, and easy to use. Just put 20g in and drink it slowly of the course of an hour. Since if you drink it all at once you'll piss it all at once 45 minutes later.

    Feel free to ask me questions squally, personal trainer and I'm going to university for a PhD/MD in physiology.

    Pst don't listen to Andrew don't get taken away by his pretty face icon_razz.gif
  • rioriz

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    Oct 04, 2012 12:18 AM GMT
    I have taken a lot of protein and I have seen the most results ever from AMP Amplified Whey 60 from GNC!!! It is an after workout protein and I notice after a week my strength is increasing and size is pilling on!
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    Oct 04, 2012 12:27 AM GMT
    You need to make sure it is:
    - 100% Whey Protein
    - Has added Leucine
    - Added Glutamate (optional)
    - Has a low carb/fat percentage (depending on your goals), if you are trying to bulk up them medium carb and low fat is OK
    - Like the previous posters have said, timing is most important, no longer than 30 mins after your workout. Best to consume with milk or have some good slow release carbs for refueling glycogen stores

    I do know GNC has a good range of 100% Whey with added Leucine

    Also would recommend taking Creatine Powder separately for energy purposes. See tub for dosage requirements.

    If you are just starting off I wouldn't say you need to spend more money buying a Casein Powder, just have a cup of cottage cheese before bed each night would suffice. icon_smile.gif
  • barriehomeboy

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    Oct 04, 2012 12:29 AM GMT
    SixStar took me from wimp to wimp with muscles. It really doesn't matter. Just fuel your body and work out like crazy. You'll be hot in no time.
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    Oct 04, 2012 12:36 AM GMT
    I like Nutribiotic Brown Rice Protein...pretty awesome stuff.
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    Oct 04, 2012 4:09 AM GMT
    ugh.... would be nice if someone with a PhD in chemistry or something related to supplements would comment on this -_-

    I don't trust word of mouth and neither should you guys, most of the health and fitness industry uses the lemming tactic, where if enough people are doing something the rest will follow.
  • squally

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    Oct 05, 2012 3:55 AM GMT
    Update - My workout buddy's got a Gold Membership card to GNC. I'll be hitting the store tomorrow!

    Thoughts about that? I search on the web and got mixed review about GNC
  • squally

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    Oct 10, 2012 1:52 AM GMT
    So I weighted myself today after my workout and it turns out I am 128 pounds.
    I lost weight? WTF, but I can see more abs~
  • tuffguyndc

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    Oct 10, 2012 2:00 AM GMT
    Andrew86 said
    squally said

    Should there be a difference between a pre-workout protein drink and a post-workout protein drink? I read an article that tells me to diversify your proteins.

    @Andrew86 - Congrats on being man of the day!


    No real difference between pre-workout and post-workout. If you are eating well, pre-workout is probably not necessary. But your post-workout is the most vital one of the day! Take your quick-digesting protein ASAP after your workout. 25-50 grams should be more than enough.

    Oh and thanks, I guess people like my fitness advice haha.
    Actually there is a difference and they are equally important. Pre-work out meals are important because they provide you with the necessary energy to make it through your workout without feeling sick or exhausted. Its also provides valuable nutrients for the muscles to use as energy. The post-workout meal is important because it replenishes all of the valuable nutrients your body has taken away. It also helps rebuild muscles and help them to recovery much faster. If you do not take protein after your workout than you just wasted your workout. Now to answer your question. I say go with what you like. I like muscle milk. I have been using it for years and love the results I have gotten over the years.
  • fmrhugger

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    Oct 10, 2012 2:00 AM GMT
    squally saidSo I weighted myself today after my workout and it turns out I am 128 pounds.
    I lost weight? WTF, but I can see more abs~


    You gained muscle and lost fat. Clap!