Protein Shakes

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    Jul 10, 2013 4:13 AM GMT
    So I recently dropped 30lbs doing a hell lot of cardio and now im trying to build muscle therefore Ive started my focus on weight training. I still have belly fat I want to get rid of so Im still incorporating cardio into my workout.

    Anyways, to see better results Ive been taking 2 protein shakes daily. One in the morning, and one after my workout. Ive read that if you want to cut the extra belly fat you should cut out dairy, so Ive resorted to using orange juice with my protein instead of milk. In the past month my body fat percentage has stayed the same at 23% and Im thinking maybe all of the carbs and sugar thats in the orange juice isn't helping.

    Is there an alternative substance besides milk or orange juice to drink my protein? Why is my body fat percentage still the same after a month. I am eating totally right (protein in every meal and a lot of fiber) I cheat sparingly and I work out every day.
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    Jul 11, 2013 3:59 AM GMT
    Use water like everyone else does. icon_wink.gif

    I think your body fat has stayed the same because your exercise workload isn't high enough and/or your calorie intake is too high. Basically, you're consuming the same amount of calories that you're burning off in your workouts.

    Also, what sort of cardio are you doing? And for how long? If you're using an exercise bike or elliptical at a constant pace, I'm guessing your body got used to it and it's not challenged anymore. Time to increase the intensity.
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    Jul 11, 2013 4:16 AM GMT
    To build mass, you need to cut your cardio to 3 or 4 times weekly: Say, 20 minutes on a recumbent bicycle every other day. I do that to save wear and tear on my knees, which can suffer if you run a lot.

    Two protein shakes daily is a waste of money. Your body will only absorb so much protein. The rest will be passed out. Drop it to one shake. Your other meals can be fish, poultry, veggies, pasta for lunch -- which should be your biggest meal. For breakfast, a bowl of oatmeal and some fruit will do. In mid morning and mid afternoon, have an apple or pear to stabilize your sugar.

    I was trained by one of the best - a Miss America Masters bodybuilder, the great Lorna Maga. That was 25 years ago. I went from a scrawny 150 pounds to a 225 pound dude with a smallish waist. She taught me everything I know about body sculpting.

    As for what I put in a protein shake, I use egg beaters, non fat plain yogurt, orange juice with pulp (not concentrated!), and I throw in watermelon chunks or a banana. Strawberries and blueberries work too. That is about one and a half quarts. So I drink it over a three hour period…say 6-9, just before I go to bed. You don't wanna stuff your belly with meats and pasta before retiring. It'll turn to fat.