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DIDS70
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6/13/13 9:03 A

i use ones from my chiros office-- it is whey protein that is cold pressed, and the cows are 100% green fed. No sugar-- it uses the stevia plant to sweeten. asking the right questions is the best thing that you can do.



GDBEAR65
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6/13/13 8:39 A

I order online from www.truenutrition.com/ - they have some good pre-mix formulations or you can customize a mix to your preferences.



KAB7801
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6/12/13 7:26 P

I have looked at them in the stores, different kinds and very large containers, any reccomendations on brands
Some are higher in protein and some higher on fiber?
Appreciate all comments
Kim



DUCKY2222
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6/12/13 7:14 P

I agree that making them yourself is better in the long run and having one daily is not bad.



GDBEAR65
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6/11/13 11:56 A

If you make them yourself protein /meal replacement shakes can be very healthy. Most pre-formulated shakes don't have a good balance of macronutrients - they're usually lacking healthy fats and fiber, so they're less than ideal as meal replacements. Regardless of other opinions, you should do what works for you. It is not the end of the world if you have a daily protein shake.



SIMONEKP
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6/11/13 11:52 A

Neither good or bad. I drink muscle milk in the mornings because it keeps me full and I don't like to eat breakfast.



KAB7801
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6/10/13 11:41 P

Me too



EWL978
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6/10/13 11:07 P

seems so many people are "doing" this....I think I'll need to read on about it and consider it myself.



KAB7801
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6/10/13 10:16 P

Since your a vegetarian what do you normally eat for protein



KRISTEN_SAYS
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6/10/13 9:50 P

I don't think they're necessary. You can easily get enough protein from whole foods without all the icky mystery ingredients. I'm a vegetarian, and I get plenty of protein - 75+ grams per day



KAB7801
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6/10/13 9:32 P

I'm debating protein shakes or just the powder adding to smoothies
Any suggestions



DUCKY2222
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6/10/13 8:01 P

I know we are all different and will be affected differently concerning protein shakes. With that said I started this weight loss journey/work in process March 24th and hve been doing quite well but we all want it now so, when I heard about these shakes and "what they do for weight loss" I jumped right on it!!! Now I already ocassionally drink my own shakes. Well there was no weight loss for me, because I quit them after 5 days. Why? Because I gained 3 pounds in that 5 days. I fought too hard to lose those 3 pounds!!! emoticon emoticon The only way I would use them now is if one day I don't get enough protein then that can be a snack. I will stick to my own homemade protein shakes and smoothies.



LORIBETHXOXO
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5/3/13 4:18 A

I supplement my protein intake with shakes when I don't reach my goal for the day, however I try not to do it every day. I try to get a good, well-rounded diet with natural food as often as possible, eating lean meats, fruits and veggies, and whole grains. (I still always take a daily multivitamin though).



DRAGONCHILDE
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5/3/13 12:54 A

JENGILLES, the problem you experienced is a classic example of why shakes can be a crutch. They're not bad in and of themselves, but they don't have any magic ingredients that make you lose weight. They work because they cut calories, no more, no less. THe protein helps you stave off hunger, but won't make you burn fat or lose weight faster.

The problem with a shake diet is that it doesn't teach you to deal with real food. AS you experienced, most people who do shake diets end up gaining weight because they never dealt with the cause of their weight gain.

Protein is important for weight loss, but because it's necessary for your body's vital functions, not because it makes you lose weight. No individual nutrient will make you lose weight if you're not otherwise at a calorie deficit.



MICHELLEXXXX
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5/2/13 10:37 P

natural protein shake:

1/4c powdered egg whites
1c fresh spinach
1/2c strawberries
1c water or almond milk
1c ice
stevia to taste



GETRESULTSMDMEE
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5/2/13 10:34 A

Protein shakes are great post workout snacks they are quick accessible and I add flax or wheat germ veggies like spinach or kale so they become very healthy.



MICHELLEXXXX
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5/2/13 12:16 A

I would transition to natural protein sources when you feel it's possible.

Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 5/2/2013 (00:17)


JENGILLES
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5/1/13 10:42 P

I do think protein shakes help alot. 2007 I did jenny craig I lost 50lbs. I quit and the weight came back. During the time on it I had a delicious chocolate protein shake its was like a chocolate milshake daily. It was jenny craig brand. Couldn't find one after I left them that tasted good so stopped drinking shakes...the weight came back. I went back in 2009 to jenny craig. They went to bars and dropped the shakes. I lost nothing. I did everything the same except no protein shakes (i hated the protein bars so didnt eat them). I think i lost 5 lbs and spent a fortune for a month and left. So I am on a mission to find out what they had in their protein shakes and find the same one! I have talked to a few "professionals" and they all agree protein does have a big factor in weightloss.



EEEBEE
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2/11/13 11:10 A

Since I've been using the sparkpeople trackers I have noticed I usually do not get enough protein (we eat mostly veg, with occassional fish/poultry). Even with daily legumes I am still somewhat low AND I have a hard time eating breakfast. So, I've started eating some all-bran cereal in the morning and using my protein drink instead of milk (which I don't drink anyway and take calcium supplements). It really does help with energy and eating for the day. If I also do a workout, I'll have another protein drink afterwards. And I am usually not over in my daily protein totals... (and yah, I KNOW I should have more dairy, but all these changes with my current health challenges take time )



SPARK_COACH_JEN
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2/11/13 10:30 A

If you go to your Nutrition Tracker and scroll to the bottom, you'll see your recommended protein range which is based on your recommended calorie range.

Coach Jen



MELJONES3478
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2/11/13 10:28 A

How many grams of protein do you suggest?



SPARK_COACH_JEN
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2/11/13 10:27 A

My opinion is that you should try to get your protein from natural food sources if at all possible. Then if you're consistently falling short on your recommended protein goals, you could add a protein shake. There's nothing magic about them, so you can still lose weight whether you drink them or not.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen



ROBBSMOM30
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2/11/13 10:02 A

Congrats on your success thus far!! :) I think we're all different and if adding it to your breakfast works for you, go for it. Personally, I drink muscle milk post workout on days when I've done a lot of weight training (another protein drink). And for me, that helps. But again, we all react differently.



MELJONES3478
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2/11/13 9:44 A

When I first began my life changing journey, my health and wellness nurse suggested that I add a protein shake or protein bar to my diet. I did and I noticed the weight started coming off quicker. I had not lost any weight for the first month but when I added protein, I steadily started losing 2 lbs a week. Now I am 5 months into my journey and I have lost 34 lbs but I am wondering if I should continue to drink protein shakes. My favorite is the Atkins shakes and I usually have one with my breakfast (fruit, yogurt & shake or fruit, oatmeal & shake). Is there a better time to drink a shake, maybe before or after my workouts? Other than a shake, I only drink water.




 
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