What PROTEIN SHAKE do you recommend?


  • Jul 18, 2013 4:46 AM GMT
    First time posting to Real Jock

    I am 5.11ft tall and weight 155. Im a slim guy currently trying to build up muscle and going to the gym 3 times a week. Doing little cardio and more weight training but lost in what type of protein shake i should be drinking.

    My question is what brand of protein shake do you recommend for building muscle and why? which do you find more effective, and taste better? icon_confused.gif
  • musclejames

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    Jul 29, 2013 4:31 PM GMT
    Any whey protein will work, man. It all comes down to taste!

    I find that optimum nutrition makes really great products, with ok taste. I have never found them to taste bad, just a bit watery.

    https://letsgetbuff.com/product/optimum-nutrition-gold-standard-100-whey-5lb/

    The best deal, and best tast is BSN. The 10 lb back will last you a month or more! And it tastes rich and creamy.

    https://letsgetbuff.com/product/bsn-syntha-6-10lb/

    You should take protein with every meal, I only do the shakes after workout 25-35 grams. And before bed about 25 grams. Every meal should have some sort of meat protein.

    So if you are trying to bulk up those are some good options. Let me know if you have more questions!
  • BAHBAA

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    Jul 29, 2013 4:40 PM GMT
    I love the Cytosport monster milk shakes, they come pre mixed and in my opinion taste great. Only downside is they are a little expensive but I did gain considerable weight so in the end I think it was worth it.

    I use the BSN syntha-6 too usually right after i work out. Its ok but I probably wouldn't have bought it if it wasn't on sale.
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    Jul 29, 2013 4:43 PM GMT
    OP, 3 times a week is minimal for packing on muscle. You should be going more. There are so many different kinds of proteins out there that do different things so it is hard to really recommend a protein that is best suited for you. I.E.. there are proteins you take specifically before bed time... some that are skimmed to just protein and water.... some that have fillers in them to help you gain weight... some that hold punch to them.. some that are flat out meal replacements...

    I think first you need to create a solid workout plan that incorporates more than 3 days a week in the weight room. Since your goal is muscle and size you should limit your cardio. Then think about how much food you are eating every day.. then think about protein shakes...

    Here is a list of brands that are known in the industry...
    BSN, Optimum Nutrition, Dymatize, Cellucor, Muscle Pharm, Muscle Tech
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    Jul 29, 2013 4:50 PM GMT
    Herbalife, Rebuild Strenght. Tested on junk, high level of quality and fast regeneration.

    But it's about all lifestyle too. If You need, write me Your eating and drinking plan and I'll check it.For free icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 29, 2013 6:59 PM GMT
    LATINGEORGE_32 saidFirst time posting to Real Jock

    I am 5.11ft tall and weight 155. Im a slim guy currently trying to build up muscle and going to the gym 3 times a week. Doing little cardio and more weight training but lost in what type of protein shake i should be drinking.

    My question is what brand of protein shake do you recommend for building muscle and why? which do you find more effective, and taste better? icon_confused.gif


    I find most of them have too much sugar and crap in them . Decent stuff like Jay Robb's whey protein are too expensive. Here is a recipe for a weight gain type protein shake that can be made in a blender.


    Protein Shake

    4 - heaping tablespoon cottage cheese - not low fat
    2 - heaping tablespoon smooth peanut butter
    2 - tablespoon Fig Pep ( optional)
    8 - oz frozen fruit- blackberries,blueberries etc.
    1/2 - banana
    2 - scoops Trader Joe's Whey protein power.
    8 - oz Chocolate Almond Milk
    1- tables spoon flax seeds
  • caljock2001

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    Jul 29, 2013 7:34 PM GMT
    Body FX. Works the best and doesn't have an overpowering taste. Best product I have ever tried!
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    Jul 29, 2013 8:11 PM GMT
    I like Lean Body on the go shakes because they have zero sugar and low carbs. Tastes much better than the Muscle Milk lite shakes.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jul 31, 2013 7:35 AM GMT
    ON Whey protein.
  • metta

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    Aug 09, 2013 6:49 PM GMT
    Healthy Weight Gainer Shake by Elliott Hulse




  • Aug 12, 2013 8:28 AM GMT
    Hey guys, thank you all very muchhhh for all your help and comments. Time to muscle UP. icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 08, 2013 11:52 PM GMT
    Just stick to a whey protein, a isolate whey would be best...I like and use Allmax Isoflex these days.
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Sep 08, 2013 11:58 PM GMT
    Does anyone use or have tried Muscle Milk?
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    Sep 09, 2013 7:11 PM GMT
    turtleneckjock saidDoes anyone use or have tried Muscle Milk?



    Muscle Milk is loaded with oil and chemicals.
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    Sep 09, 2013 7:26 PM GMT
    BSN Syntha-6 hands down, no competition.
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    Sep 09, 2013 7:38 PM GMT
    I am a huge fan of Optimum Gold Standard 100% Whey, the Mocha Cappuccino flavor. It actually tastes like it's supposed to, and it's really good.
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    Sep 09, 2013 7:44 PM GMT
    What brand of protein doesn't matter. What matters by far the most is that you EAT - a lot - of whole foods and complete proteins like dairy and meats. Sleep enough and do heavy compound lifts.

    Whey protein post workout is good with simple carbs because it digests quickly. Thats about as detailed as it needs to be.
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    Sep 09, 2013 8:15 PM GMT
    I use Quattro Nutraceuticals (Vanilla, Chocolate are pretty good) have used others, but this one hits the mark in terms of 60 grams protein per serving to build muscle pre and post workouts. Additionally, it has less sugars 1 gram per serving, compared to others, which increase the sugar.


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    Sep 09, 2013 8:30 PM GMT
    Alpha13 said2 - tablespoon Fig Pep ( optional)


    From the Fig Pep web site: "This is because of its natural blend of simple sugars (glucose and fructose)".

    My understanding is that glucose is a bad sugar because it causes your blood sugar to spike (a food with one of the highest glycemic indexes). You want a sugar that makes your blood sugar go up slowly, not quickly. Fructose is one of the best sugars for a slow blood sugar rise (low glycemic index).

    Glucose and fructose are what high fructose corn sugar is made of:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hfcs

    For your recipe I'd replace the Fig Pep with agave syrup; C&H makes it now so you should be able to get it in your regular grocery store.
  • Destinharbor

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    Sep 09, 2013 9:03 PM GMT
    I like Intek Evolution. Not too expensive, 31 grams of protein, 160 calories. lots of good whey proteins, calcium, potassium, amino acids, vitamins, all good stuff. Tastes good, too. I like vanilla. All wheys are good. Just watch the calories and keep the protein count up.
  • pelotudo87

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    Sep 09, 2013 9:09 PM GMT
    Like someone already said, Whey Protein Isolate is probably your best bet, and Optimum Nutrition (from what I understand), is known for high-quality products. Although I don't use their protein at this time, I have in the past, and I feel like it was a high-quality protein that helped me reach my goals.

    Although it is probably beneficial to have some liquid protein immediately post-workout, your overall, daily protein intake is more important.

    Most experts recommend at least 1.0 grams per pound of body weight (going by lean mass may give you a more accurate daily amount needed, but measuring body fat % is actually quite difficult if you want to be accurate), so going by pound of body weight is fine and is recommended by most bodybuilders.

    However, you must also be in a caloric surplus. Although protein is important when trying to build muscle, carbohydrates are actually even more important because they are going to be your fuel source for your workouts. If you don't push yourself in your workouts and don't progressively overload your muscles, you won't grow.

    Also, since you had adequate carbohydrate intake, you don't have to worry about gluconeogensis (the conversion of protein into glucose for energy). This is a problem when you cut back carbs during a cutting phase, but since you will be in a calorie surplus, you actually don't need quite as much protein (in general) when trying to bulk--I'm not saying that protein isn't important when trying to build muscle...it is...it's just that protein requirements go down a bit when you are in a calorie surplus.

    Thus, shoot for a calorie surplus of about 200-250 calories per day, and get at least 1.0 grams of protein per pound of body weight--and try to make sure that most of your surplus comes from carbohydrates since you need those for energy.

    That was a very long response (lol), but I just wanted to point out that it's a little more complicated than most people think, lol
  • cowboyathlete

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    Sep 10, 2013 5:01 AM GMT
    Overland3r saidBSN Syntha-6 hands down, no competition.
    I have taken that before and recommend it. I have also used Combat. Currently I take Phase 8, fairly new from Muscle Tech.
  • buffdude

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    Mar 12, 2014 4:06 AM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    turtleneckjock saidDoes anyone use or have tried Muscle Milk?



    Muscle Milk is loaded with oil and chemicals.


    I love the cookies n cream flavored muscle milk. It taste so good. I'm not sure how safe it is.
  • starboard5

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    Mar 12, 2014 4:17 AM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    turtleneckjock saidDoes anyone use or have tried Muscle Milk?



    Muscle Milk is loaded with oil and chemicals.


    Several years ago, I was standing in line at the hospital cafeteria on dinner break. There was a surgical resident standing in front of me. He looked back and saw the carton of Muscle Milk I was holding and said, "You realize that's like drinking liquid concrete, right?"

    I've used Dymatize and it's OK. Lately I've been drinking egg whites, though that works out to be more expensive. It's a great complete protein, but I'm not sure how quickly It's absorbed. May not be a good post-workout choice.
  • vbbri

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    Mar 12, 2014 4:53 AM GMT
    Using GNC Beyond Raw Re-Built Mass
    How fast you put mass on a thin frame will mean lots of calories or protein and good carbs. Been in a gainer program now and added 11 lbs lean muscle mass in 45 days and 3.5% lower body fat percent, but that is 4500-5000 calories a day (six eggs to start the day, at least a half gallon of 2% milk a day, etc.) Hitting it 6 days a week and abs every day to keep the bloat down from all the eating. Waste size has stayed stable. Granted, some are genetically disposed to add mass easier than us thin guys. Good luck.