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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,496)
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1/17/13 2:12 P

The only reason I drink the occasional protein shake is that I don't like to eat breakfast before a workout, but sometimes I need to, especially if it's a particularly tough bootcamp workout. 60 minutes of hell = blood sugar crash. ;) So I'll down a small protein shake to get me the energy I need to make it through, then eat a real breakfast after. I enjoy them, and it gives me a tasty boost without the bulk I hate.

Bu tI do NOT use them as a supplement nor as a meal replacement. Strictly for days I can't eat breakfast or am working out very intensely.

LW8843 SparkPoints: (41,635)
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1/17/13 2:07 P

Thanks everyone. I do struggle to meet my required amount sometimes but I am normally really close like 3-5 away. So I think for now I won't add a shake or other supplement.

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (73,428)
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1/17/13 10:03 A

You don't need them if you're getting enough protein each day. Even if you aren't meeting your protein goals, it's better to get your protein from natural sources. I'm a vegetarian and I get at least 75 grams each day without any powder or protein bars. It's not as hard as some people think it is :)

CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (78,227)
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1/17/13 9:12 A

I think it's better to get your protein from natural sources like meat or eggs. Protein shakes are highly processed. Plus, I personally find much more satisfaction from chewing solid food rather than slurping down my calories from shakes or smoothies. I don't think protein shakes are necessary for anyone unless they are not meeting their protein minimums from natural food sources.

SWEDIEPIE Posts: 338
1/17/13 8:39 A

I don't use them. I make sure my protein is coming from lean meats, beans and nuts, and a small/occasional amount of dairy. I'm not a huge shake/smoothie fan anyway, and I would rather eat real food.

If you decide to add a protein drink into your day, make sure you are reading the label and it doesn't have artificial sweeteners and other junk in it.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,736
1/17/13 8:20 A

Hi Laura

The only time I recommend protein shakes is if you're consistently falling short on your protein goals and can't get the protein you need from regular food. In my opinion, getting your protein from food is better than supplements.

Other than that, you shouldn't need any more protein than your SP recommended range. Protein shakes won't help with weight loss.

Hope that helps!

Coach Jen

LW8843 SparkPoints: (41,635)
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1/17/13 6:28 A

I have been working out 7 days a week doing 30 day shred and now Ripped in 30 and/or walking. Someone told me I should start drinking Protein shakes. I'm not sure if I need them or not. Also there are so many and they all say different things. I have no clue where to start. Any help?

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