Protein Powder and Bars

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    Oct 21, 2012 2:40 AM GMT
    So I have been taking a generic protein shake for the past couple of months, that I got from publix, and one of my friends have told me that I need to get a better one and to go to GNC. Well me being the sucker I am I bought the GNC Amplified Wheybolic Extreme 60.

    So now my question is does it matter and do certain brands offer better results than other brands? The guy said if it doesnt have Whey Protein Isolate as the first ingredient not to buy it...is that true? icon_neutral.gif

    Also do you mix it with milk or water? Just curious to see who mixes it with what

    Also I tend to eat Pure Protein Bars. My trainer said that those are great and to stick with them but im wondering are there any better ones? Also I love the taste of the Pure Protein Bars so that doesnt factor into anything. lol

    Thanks for any help! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 21, 2012 4:04 AM GMT
    Whey isolate is a better quality protein. It's easier/faster to digest as well. Excellent for taking right after a workout. I mix my protein powder and meal replacement powders with water. But if you need the extra calories, you can mix with milk. Tastes a little better too.

    Protein bars are ok once in a while. Like if you're busy and don't have time to grab some actual food. But I wouldn't eat them all the time. There's a lot of stuff in those bars that you really don't need/want like fat, sodium, and soy.
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    Oct 21, 2012 4:07 AM GMT
    xrichx saidWhey isolate is a better quality protein. It's easier/faster to digest as well. Excellent for taking right after a workout. I mix my protein powder and meal replacement powders with water. But if you need the extra calories, you can mix with milk. Tastes a little better too.

    Protein bars are ok once in a while. Like if you're busy and don't have time to grab some actual food. But I wouldn't eat them all the time. There's a lot of stuff in those bars that you really don't need/want like fat, sodium, and soy.


    yeah i need the calories from the milk...im losing way too much weight while im really trying to bulk up. As for protein bars i eat one a day for breakfast cause I dont eat breakfast ever
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    Oct 21, 2012 4:18 AM GMT
    Here's an article that briefly explains the difference between regular whey protein power and whey protein isolate. In short, whey protein isolate is more refined, so it has more protein per serving, but it's also a little more expensive (although not necessarily more expensive per gram of protein that you're getting).

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/249307-what-is-the-difference-between-whey-protein-powder-whey-protein-isolate/

    There are probably differences in brands as far as how good they're process is, but I don't know where you'd go to find that.

    I only use whey protein isolate when I go to the gym. I take one of those blender ball cups and mix it with water right after my workout to get into that supposed 30 minute window of taking protein.
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    Oct 21, 2012 4:23 AM GMT
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    yeah i need the calories from the milk...im losing way too much weight while im really trying to bulk up. As for protein bars i eat one a day for breakfast cause I dont eat breakfast ever
    Do you like eggs? One medium size egg has around 3 - 5 grams of protein. So you can hard boil 3 - 4 eggs the night before and eat them in the morning on the way to school or work.
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    Oct 21, 2012 4:25 AM GMT
    @DIN- thanks...im gonna really look into that article!

    @ Xrichx- No I cant stand eggs...and I throw up when I eat them icon_confused.gif The only breakfast foods I eat are bacon and waffles and I cant eat those all the time
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    Oct 21, 2012 5:02 AM GMT
    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/power-of-protein.html
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    Oct 21, 2012 5:08 AM GMT
    Now im more confused if I should go and buy some casein...icon_confused.gif
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    Oct 21, 2012 5:16 AM GMT
    Casein protein digests slower. So this type of protein might be good to take right before you go to bed. Or if you know it's going to be a while until your next meal.
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    Oct 21, 2012 5:21 AM GMT
    xrichx saidCasein protein digests slower. So this type of protein might be good to take right before you go to bed. Or if you know it's going to be a while until your next meal.

    yeah thats what im thinking...whey protein before and after work out (thats what the directions and my trainer tell me) and then casein right before i go to bed..
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    Oct 21, 2012 5:43 AM GMT
    And then there's beef protein powder with its alleged additional innate creatine and BCAAs. The Carnivore brand was on sale yesterday for the same price as whey so I'm giving it a shot.
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    Oct 21, 2012 5:49 AM GMT
    well thats interesting, beef protein? I have never heard of that. Please if you think theres a difference or see a difference, let me know.
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    Oct 21, 2012 1:11 PM GMT
    i have no idea if you'll be able to get this where you are but if not, see if you can find something similar. it's called synergy whey protein. it's a mixture of all the kinds of whey. it's great. i take it after workouts and before going to bed.

    http://www.evox.co.za/product-item.aspx?prid=21