MUSCLE MILK ??? DOES IT WORK? WASTE OF $$ ??

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    Jan 12, 2008 11:08 PM GMT
    ANY THOUGHTS ON WHETHER OR NOT MUSCLE MILK WORKS? IS IT GOOD TO DRINK AFTER A WORKOUT? WASTE OF MONEY OR NOT???
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    Jan 13, 2008 1:37 AM GMT
    i have been drinking it for 3 weeks now....i would say my home made protein shake
    is better for packing on the pounds but mine is way more time consuming to prepare.
  • jeepguySD

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    Jan 13, 2008 1:56 AM GMT
    The best thing about Muscle Milk is the flavor - nothing out there tastes as good as the pre-mixed shakes. Even their powder tastes better than most, with the biggest variety of flavors I've seen. If your goal is to bulk, then something like CytoGainer might be better for you. It is made by the same company, CytoSport, that makes Muscle Milk. One serving of CG has 54 gm of protein and roughly 580 cal (with water), compared to 34 gm and 350 cal for MM. Some say the body cannot use more than 30 gm of protein at a time, but the extra can't hurt, and the extra calories in CG are good when trying to add bulk. You can probably get better absorption of the MM by adding either dextrose (corn sugar) or 1/4 cup of oatmeal to the shake. The insulin spike, and the carbs, help the body absorb the protein. I'm not sure how MM compares in BCAA's to CG, but CG has the BCAA's you need to rebuild muscle. I use both MM and a gainer, for variety... three shakes per day as a supplement between 3 regular meals, and at least one of the shakes is Muscle Milk. I use a gainer right after working out, and usually save the Muscle Milk for "dessert" before bed. For what it's worth... hope this helps.
  • atxclimber

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    Jan 13, 2008 2:15 AM GMT
    I don't understand Muscle Milk. It has a metric ass-ton of saturated fat in it (33% of your daily allowance in a single shake, like 7g sat fat) and only what, 20g protein?? It seems like Muscle Milk is the protein shake shark-jump product, where it's being pushed to random people as just a meal replacement instead of to real athletes trying to put on muscle.

    I just started working out at a gym (today was my first day, whee!) and the female trainer (& competitive bodybuilder) who showed me around, when I asked about Muscle Milk, tried hard not to be disparaging and simply say "Oh, I drink the Pure Pro shakes instead." Those things are 30g protein, little to no fat, and like 160 calories total. Sadly they have sucralose, which I don't love, but they sure seemed better than the Muscle Milk.

    The things I see in Muscle Milk's favor are its flavors; everyone admits it tastes good.

    Oh, and its tantalizingly erotic name. Oh yeah, baby, gimme that muscle milk. Come on.
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    Jan 13, 2008 2:41 AM GMT
    Be careful of what you purchase and drink.
    Many "Protein Shakes" are "weight gainer" formulas, which is why they include higher percentages of fat. Fat is 9 calories per gram and is the highest caloric payload vs carbs and proteins at 4 calories per gram. Other "protein shakes" are for other purposes and may be higher in other specific nuturients, such as protiens, or fiber, or whatever. The key is to know your "goal" and read the labels of your supplements to be sure you are getting the appropriate nutrients to hit your goals.
    Personally, I don't use Muscle Milk....my goals are to keep my current weight or even drop a few more pounds...it has too many calories and too much fat for my goals, so I go with MET-RX RTD 51. The numbers are better for my goals and the flavor, in my opinion, is better than "Pure Protien" or "Isopure" brands...READ LABELS.icon_exclaim.gif
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    Jan 13, 2008 2:51 AM GMT
    try the EAS myoplex original shakes. best numbers I have ever found
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    Jan 13, 2008 7:17 AM GMT
    i always do Body 50s not sure the brand but its like

    250c 2g Fat 170m Sodium 490m Potassium and 50g Protein with something like 9 Carbs and its delicious
  • TXShooter02

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    Jan 13, 2008 4:02 PM GMT
    I have been using Muscle Milk for a while along with other brands. It tastes great, but i'm not sure it helps when it comes to cutting. There is a lot of fat in it. It is also more expensive compared to other powders out there.

    I am finally going to try making my own shakes after reading about it for years. I bought all the stuff this week and am excited to see if I feel/see a difference soon.

    If you are truly trying to bulk, my favorite that I have found is a gainer called "N-Large 2". I think it is made by pro-lab. If you are busting your ass in the gym and eating everything in sight to help put on weight, then this stuff is for you. But if you are trying to stay lean, stay away.
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    Jan 13, 2008 4:38 PM GMT
    Even though it doesn't taste all that great compared to Muscle Milk, I still think Pro Complex the best.

    60g protein
    0.5g fat
    4g carbs of which only 1g is sugars
  • Starboard

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    Jan 13, 2008 4:50 PM GMT
    Muscle Milk's "Root Beer Float" is my guilty pleasure.