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This Isn’t Arnold’s Protein Shake

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The concept of drinking a Protein Shake may have you conjuring up images of big, overly built body builders, with their muscles and veins popping in every direction as they chug some goopy, raw egg mixture.  Protein shakes, however, have come a long way in the last five to ten years and can be a great supplement to any individual’s diet, even those who aren’t looking to ‘beef up’.  Personally, I have become a huge fan of Whey Protein, and have a Whey Protein shake every morning after I exercise.  Granted, it is always better to eat ‘real’ foods as opposed to shakes, but here are a few good reasons to give them a try:

  1. Time Saver:  The Protein shake is a great way to get some nutrition into your day without a lot of preparation.  Most protein shakes, whether Whey, Soy, Egg or any other type, requires two ingredients: Milk or Juice and the protein powder.
  2. It’s Cheap: At first glance, protein powders might seem very expensive, but in reality, they aren’t.  Once you actually divide the number of servings into the price, you will see that one serving costs anywhere from $.50 to $1.00.  If you add a serving of milk, you are paying a total of around $1.50.  C’mon now, if you bought a muffin at Starbucks, you’d be spending at least $2.50.
  3. Muscle Repair: Even if you aren’t a body builder, protein shakes are good for helping repair your muscles after a work out.  Why is this good?  It allows your muscles to recover faster, which allows you to to build muscle more easily, to reduce injuries and soreness related to working out, and to feel better during your workouts.
  4. Great Tasting:  As noted above, today’s protein shakes are a far cry from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s body building days.  Is a matter of fact, a lot of the protein shakes out there are mighty tasty.   They come in yummy flavors like chocolate and vanilla.
  5. Healthy Alternative to a Mickey D Shake:  No kidding.  If you have a craving for a chocolate shake from McDonald’s you can BET that a protein shake is much healthier for you.  See below for the nutritional comparison:

Whey

If you decide to give it a ‘shake’, make sure to use one that is natural.  Avoid those that either have a lot of sugar in them or use artificial sweeteners or flavors.  Products using stevia are safer and healthier options.

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  • http://fightingtheyouth.blogspot.com/ Reed

    The thing I don’t get about protein – I’ve been on the whey for a bit, but they have this “whey protein concentrate” and then “whey protein isolate.” What’s the difference? And does it matter? The dude at the health store told me that it’s good to have the isolate in there. And then said, “Well lots of people just say, ‘Protein’s protein.'” So, which is it?

  • http://www.sheerbalance.com Brett

    OK…so I was going to avoid posting all the nitty gritty about kinds of protein. In short, Isolate is best post-workout and concentrate is best for during the day. Whey Protein in general is the best protein you can have. It has the highest BV (Biological Value) which means it will promote the most lean muscle gain. For maximum benefits, you want micro-filtered whey at very low temps. Isolates are sub-fractions of whey absorbed rapidly into your system. These are good for post-workout nutrition, but is a poor choice for general supplementation because if the body does not need all the amino acids released into the bloodstream, it will use it for energy and not muscle building. Isolate also doesn’t have as many health benefits because the process required to produce isolate destroys some of the sub-fractions.

  • Julian

    American diets is Fatty Food Full Stop!!!I have been in 52 countries during my working career and American food is either too much serving or bad for you and most of all its no quality and is you want quality you will pay the price surely.
    Just eat right amount,friuts and vegetables.Plenty of exercise and dont get cught with all this Fake Business Holywood B….hit Diets!!!
    America Be Real and Sensible.
    Eat when youre Hungry…
    But America are never been Hungry they Just kept on Eating..Te Result??? Obesity!

  • Doug

    For staving off hunger, you should also consider mixing in some Soy Protien based powders for your shakes.

    Whey is very fast “acting” (i.e. absorbed) into the body. This is why it is ideal for a post work-out protein.

    Soy however, is absorbed at a much slower rate, and can help keep your nitrogen balance higher for longer periods of time. Most mfgs make a protein “blend” powder (whey/soy/milk..etc..) which is probably better for meal supplementation than post-work out.

    Plus, soy, when mixed, with juice/water…I find tends to be creamier in consistency, and not lump as easily as whey.

    Guys, forget what you have heard about soy and its relation to female hormones, etc…

    After a late night workout, for muscle repair/replentishment/growth, I like to know I have lots of available protein (i.e aminos) flowing through my bloodstream while I’m sleeping. Soy will faciliate this condition better than whey.

  • Whey

    Have you ever used any Top Form Nutrition Supplements ? I want to try their Whey Protein, thought i would ask around to see if anyone has tried them.