Protein powder recommendations

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    Oct 08, 2009 4:23 AM GMT
    Hey guys,

    I was hoping some of you could help me wade through all of the protein powders out there and suggest one that would be ideal for me. I've been checking out different brands for a few weeks now, having tried several products in the past, but still unsure which one is a) worth the price, and b) good for my needs/goals.

    I'm 23, and here are my stats from a body comp assessment performed last week:
    Weight: 168.3 lbs
    Height: 5' 11"
    BMI: 23.5
    Body fat (done with digital calipers; average of two reads from chest, stomach and right thigh, each): 10.4%

    I usually do 30 mins of high-intensity intervals on a rower 4-5x/wk, run a few miles sometimes, yoga/pilates, along with biceps/chest lifting. I also do 1 hour spin classes 2-3x/wk. I used to lift on a more regimented schedule, but being in the 2nd year of a PhD program has killed my ability to stick to a schedule. As far as my diet goes, I generally eat very healthily (low fats/calories, low carbs, conscious of protein and fiber intake), and follow a hybrid of the Mediterranean/Greek diet with some Abs Diet concepts thrown in.

    I guess that my primary goal is to tone up (I've still got a little bit of fat around my lower abs). I gain weight easily, which is a strong consideration.

    So, for proteins, I've tried regular whey (whole foods brand), GNC Wheybolic Extreme 60, and most recently, Muscle Milk Light. I've heard good things about Optimum Nutrition's 100% Whey. Between that or Muscle Milk Light (or any other protein product), what would you guys recommend for toning up, keeping off/burning off that last bit of fat, and putting on some muscle (nothing extreme)? I'm open to all suggestions!

    Thanks so much!
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    Oct 29, 2009 2:35 PM GMT
    If you want an acerbic suggestion...

    Buy a no-label, cheap, Whey Protein Isolate, as high a protein% as you can. If you can't drink it like that, try adding different carbs for flavour (Like powdered oats) or flavouring essences, like vanilla.

    IMHO, you don't need gainers, fat burners, or anything else except protein, lifting, cardio and a decent diet. Creatine and a multivitamin might help, as might fish oil, but the last two are all 'round "Be healthy" suggestions.

    Also, best of luck ^_^